In order to get America moving in the direction of fiscal solvency again, the economy needs to improve or America will be right behind Greece in the dumper. Increasing the employment rate, which will increase revenue, and cutting expenses are the only ways that can be done.
A tax increase would be futile, and only serve to eliminate buying power. We’ve had bailouts, cash for clunkers, stimulus packages, health care and pork barrel and stalled legislation, and America is in the worst recovery ever.
Research shows that income has plunged more than $4,000 since 2007. We are on our way to becoming a Third World nation, and fast. There is no time to procrastinate and wring our hands. The national debt is over $16 trillion, and speeding higher by the second.
Cash for clunkers was nothing but a big bust, with incomprehensible losses to the taxpayer. According to Investors Business Daily, General Motors wants the government (that’s us) to sell back the stock for somewhere around $22.20 a share.
To break even, the government must sell for $53 a share. If sold at the cheaper price, the taxpayers would get to foot the bill again.
In order to bail out the auto manufacturers, the administration short-circuited pending bankruptcy in order to help out the United Auto Workers. In other words, it redistributed $26.5 billion to the union.
Had GM gone into bankruptcy, a judge would have overseen the reorganization of the company. The union contract would have fallen under the reorganization terms.
Closing dealerships was based on, among other things, gender and race. The article goes on to state that General Motors employed 252,000 people in 2008. Yet in 2012, the company employs 207,000 people. The 131,000 workers were outsourced.
Let’s not mention the other companies that this mess put out of work and the small businesses that closed or were put in a serious bind. Had it not been for the genius and ingenuity of some small business people, those companies would have gone under.
There are solutions to these massive economic problems, and one person running for Congress is aware of them. Jim Renacci knows full well what to do to solve the current problems in Ohio and America.
He is in Congress and pays attention. His voting record proves that. He has voted to simplify the tax code, repeal the death tax, balance the budget, approve the Keystone pipeline and repeal the $500 billion health-care tax hike, to name just few measures that would give the economy a boost.
In this election, Renacci has my vote because he knows how to get America working again.
Kathleen A. Wiley
Free ride for Obama
I read the Bob Dyer column about the Romney campaign paying its bill for expenses to the city of Cuyahoga Falls (“Romney pays bill in the Falls,” Oct. 14), and I am absolutely appalled at the fact that the Akron mayor gave the Obama campaign a free ride.
The money should have gone to Akron residents. The money could have lessened the burden for a cancer victim, a hungry child, even a cat in a shelter.
Obama and Biden and all the Democrats just rip people off. They will have over a half-billion dollars to spend on their campaign, and the mayor of Akron didn’t bill them.
Shame on him and the people of Akron for letting this happen. I guess, as they say, the people in office are smarter than those who aren’t.
Before voting, review the record
With the November elections a few weeks away, it is worth examining some of the executive and legislative actions that have happened since 2009.
For example, funding programs like Head Start and school-provided lunches for disadvantaged children may be a bad idea. And increasing Pell Grant money for college students of limited means and passing the student loan rate extension, which prevents interest rates on federal student loans from rising, seem misconceived. Do American youngsters really need more education?
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which guarantees women equal pay for equal work, appears to be a silly law. Pay equality? What’s that about?
Getting our troops out of Iraq, setting a date for withdrawing from Afghanistan and not committing America prematurely to military campaigns against Iran and Syria may be insufficiently aggressive.
Where is that belligerence that made America so popular around the world? Pretty soon we’ll be going to war only when our national security is at stake.
And what about “Obamacare,” which prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, allows children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26 and fills the “doughnut hole” for seniors by limiting unnecessary medical procedures and companies’ executive pay and marketing expenditures? Isn’t “don’t get sick” the only solution to rising health costs?
The killing of Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants may look insignificant — a cheap political stunt — except to the families of the 9/11 victims and Americans who still remember the tragedy.
After all, President Bush, when asked, “Where is Osama bin Laden?,” replied: “I don’t know. I don’t really think about him very much. I’m not that concerned.”
And why couldn’t GM and Chrysler just disappear? Really, how important is the American auto industry for jobs and the national economy?
An election about morality
America is the only nation in the world that was founded on a creed, set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Without respect for life, the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness become moot points.
George Washington stated that a nation’s laws spring from its morals, and that its morals spring from religion. He stated that it is impossible to govern rightly without God.
Religion and government can and must work together for the common good. If God becomes irrelevant to the public life of a nation, then no freedoms are truly sacred. There can be no liberty without the presence of God.
There must not be compromise on abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual unions. This is the case whether it be in the private or public sector. These issues are always morally wrong, are not negotiable and can never be justified.
The upcoming election will be one of the most critical in the history of our country, with a wide range of important issues to consider, such as poverty, crime, health care and education. However, it is imperative that we are also aware of the candidates’ positions on key moral issues and vote in accordance with a well-formed conscience.
The presidential candidates’ positions on moral issues will be extremely important because they have the authority to veto bills and nominate Supreme Court justices.
We must enact laws that respect life from conception to old age. We must enact laws to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
Everywhere you look, morality is being ignored, redefined or openly attacked. The most serious offenders are the unelected, unaccountable judges in the federal courts.
Our country must again revert to a culture of life. God will then bless us with abundant fruit, and we will once again become a great nation and a beacon of light for the rest of the world.
Reasonable follow-up question
I read with interest Bob Dyer’s Oct. 14 column “Romney pays bill in the Falls.” While this gesture seems laudable on the surface — not imposing costs on local taxpayers — a reasonable question follows: Is this standard operating procedure for the Romney campaign?
Does the campaign do this at every stop it has made in this election cycle? I would be extremely impressed if this were the case but find it highly unlikely.
What seems much more likely to me is that in the battle for Ohio where every little perceived advantage is pursued, a local campaign person informed the larger campaign about the Beacon Journal’s earlier story about President Obama’s visit to Fairlawn.
What better appeal to the electorate than to offer to pay our expenses when a story has been published about our opponents not paying theirs? For the Romney campaign, $7,050 is small money well spent for a column in a major regional newspaper in a battleground state. As a “journalist,” the question of standard operating procedure would be an obvious one to pursue before writing such a column.
The fawning tone of the column would seem to indicate more of an interest in supporting his candidate than in being a serious journalist — even reaching back to the previous presidential campaign to promote his agenda.