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Letter to the editor: Obama's inheritance


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By LOU SANSEVERO
Ferron

Editor,

OK, it's been a while since I submitted a rant but today, as I watched the news, I heard another Obammunist apologist attempt to rewrite history in Orwellian 1984 style by pointing out that Pres. Obama "inherited" the massive problems we are now facing in a transparent attempt to "lay the blame" on Pres. Bush and the Republicans. Well there's plenty of blame to go around, and some definitely belongs to both of them but maybe it's time for a little non-Orwellian, non-revisionist history.

Most of our present problems with illegal immigration stem from the 1960 Presidential election when, in order to get their support for his election, John Kennedy made a deal with the unions to weaken the Bracero Program (1942-1964) which had allowed Mexican migrant workers to temporarily enter the United States to work (mostly during harvests in agriculture) and which weakened their hold over agriculture.

Actions on the part of the Kennedy and later Johnson Administrations cynically disguised as provisions to insure minimum levels of wages, housing, food, and medical care (paid by the sponsoring employer) had the effect, by 1964, of eroding support for the program by the agricultural sector for the legal importation of workers from Mexico in favor of hiring illegal immigrants to reduce overhead costs. Both Kennedy and Johnson were Democrats.

Our dependency on foreign oil and the energy crisis we are currently experiencing are a direct result of 40 years of moronic, ill advised, poorly constructed legislation by politicians and presidential administrations in an attempt to placate and curry favor and the support of liberal, left wing wacko environmentalist which have placed the majority of our natural resources off limits and dead-stopped the construction of oil refineries. The greatest majority of these domestic energy industry gutting legislations were the product of Democrats and Democrat administrations.

The present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the entire "War on Terrorism" are a direct result of the attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001 by Al-Qaeda radicals who had taken a pledge of loyalty to Osama bin Laden. In 1995, six years before the act, President Clinton was literally offered bin Laden on a silver platter by the Sudanese but turned down the offer...Pres. Clinton was a Democrat.

Our present financial crisis finds its roots in the revocation of Glass-Steingold Act of 1933 which mandated the separation of commercial and investment banks and created an environment for investment banks to become involved in high-risk, unprotected behavior without the controls that commercial banks operate under. The act was revoked under the Clinton administration...Clinton was a Democrat.

The imminent demise of the American auto industry that we are witnessing is not the result of "Detroit not building cars the American people want to buy," open your eyes and look around you, the American people have shown over and over that they do want the vehicles that Detroit is building...they (1) can't afford to drive them because of the destruction of our domestic energy industry and (2) Detroit can't produce its vehicles at a competitive cost to "guest" auto manufacturers. An unholy triumvirate has, over the past 30 years, joined together in various actions which have raised the manufacturing costs of American vehicles 30-40 percent higher than "guest" manufacturers typically see and which in turn have reduced profit margins on American vehicles to dangerously low levels. This triumvirate consists of the UAW, left wing environmentalists, and the Democrat party.

The collapse of the housing market was precipitated by Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 which pushed banks to make loans to individuals which would have, without the pressures of the act, been considered "bad risks" and who they would not have made loans to. The act was pushed into law by the Carter administration and a Democrat Congress...Carter was a Democrat.

The skids under the collapse were further greased by the idea that every American was "entitled" to own his/her own home...this idiotic, left wing, liberal idea most closely identified with the Democrat party.

The steepness of the collapse was increased by the implosion of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac due to their issuing of massive numbers of sub-prime loans to individuals who never should have even been considered for loans while Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Christopher Dodd, and others extolled their success and praised their management...Frank, Waters, and Dodd are Democrats.

The ill conceived bailouts and recovery acts we are now seeing find their roots prior to the national elections of 2008...both houses of Congress have been controlled by the Democrats for almost two years.

While we're at it a few other points...the language that allowed the AIG bonuses the Congress are complaining so loudly about were inserted into the 1,100 page stimulus bill by Senator Christopher Dodd which none of them bothered to read...Dodd is a Democrat and both houses of Congress are controlled by Democrats.

Yes, Pres. Obama did inherit these massive problems and this crisis...his inheritance is not solely from Pres. Bush and the Republicans but is in a greater part a legacy from his Democrat progenitors.

Just one or two other thoughts...all of you Democrats, Republicans, and yes, even you Obammunist sheep need to take a class on the constitution. I'm no constitutional scholar but anyone with a high school education knows that law you just passed, you know the one that you're hoping will divert everyone's attention away from the fact that this problem resulted from your malfeasance and incompetency...the one that taxes those evil AIG executives 90 percent on those evil bonuses is an ex post facto Bill of Attainder which is so totally unconstitutional (Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 3) as to be laughable if it weren't such a dangerous precedent.

By the way if I hear one more Congressional talking head trying to excuse passing this putrid American Recovery and Reinvestment Act without reading it because it was 1,100 pages long and they didn't have enough time or because "...no one in Washington reads all of these things..." I'll scream. How can they possibly vote for or against something they haven't read...I thought that was what we paid them for.How about a "truth in legislation" act that totally outlaws "earmarks", forces bills to be written in unconvoluted, plain English, and limits the page size to something these people can read.

And while we're at it how in the heck can Congress chide corporate executives for flying around in private jets paid for by their stockholders when Nancy Pelosi flies around herself, her staff, her family, and her friends in a private jet provided and funded by the American tax payer.

Lastly, while I'm on Nancy Pelosi, in what bizaaro world does it make sense to allow someone who gives a speech to illegal aliens in which she praises these lawbreakers for being "...true patriots...", and that "...enforcement of existing immigration laws is un-American" serve in Congress let alone be Speaker of the House and third in line for the Presidency? This left wing politician needs to sit herself down, write a letter of apology to every American and legal immigrant, resign from office, and expatriate to Mexico City.

2010 will be an election year and I think it's time to send a message to Washington...the people whose incompetencies have caused all these problems will be running for re-election...maybe it's time to impose populace term limits. The founding fathers envisioned a government of "citizen legislators" not career politicians so I think it's time to vote for the other guy, no matter what party the other guy belongs to, and not put even one of these people back in office and keep doing that until we get back to citizen legislators.

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