Reader's view: Obama, Democrats hold the economy hostage
In her Local View commentary of Nov. 22, "Democrat's view: Obama should stay true to the dream he promised," Cathy Neva wondered how a previous commentary writer, Mike Laughlin, "a Tea Party organizer," was "qualified to comment on what Democrats...
In her Local View commentary of Nov. 22, "Democrat's view: Obama should stay true to the dream he promised," Cathy Neva wondered how a previous commentary writer, Mike Laughlin, "a Tea Party organizer," was "qualified to comment on what Democrats are thinking."
What exactly would the qualifications be? An eighth-grade diploma? Sixth-grade?
I doubt Laughlin is concerned so much with what Democrats are thinking as with what they are doing.
Here's what Democrats did: They passed a 2,000-page, behemoth health-care bill few of them read and that even fewer could comprehend. Even Democrats acknowledge that much of the bill has yet to be written. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unwittingly confessed that the bill has to be passed to find out what's in it. Brilliant. California voters just rewarded her with another two-year term. Maybe Neva was right. Democrats' thinking is beyond comprehension.
President Obama stiffed General Motors bondholders and handed minority ownership to the United Auto Workers, bankruptcy law be damned. He promised in his campaign to redistribute wealth and suggested the coal industry, from which we obtain 50 percent of our electricity, would be driven out of business. He subsidized trains to pull empty passenger cars and subsidized cars few will buy. He allowed confessed terrorists to be tried in New York civilian court, of all places. He hired so-called "czars" to implement regulations without legislative approval. Does anyone actually wonder why unemployment is
10 percent and underemployment is 17 percent, when employers seem to be at the mercy of the president's next whim?
Another recent letter to the editor demonstrated the essence of Democratic groupthink. Bemoaning U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar's defeat, the writer rebuked 8th District voters for "biting the hands that feed them." Thus, to the Democratic mind, our sustenance comes from government. That dream can be sustained only as long as Democrats remain in the minority.
Wayne C. Anderson