I certainly agree that we need to address the mental health issues as well as enacting some sensible gun and ammunition control legislation. We need to start spending more on mental health, but from what I read about the budget/fiscal cliff legislation, it looks like spending on mental health will be reduced substantially. This is not a good idea.
There was some conservative who said the principal or teachers should have had guns at the Connecticut school. If everyone has to be armed, all of the time, then we do not live in a civilized society. We can at least ban the assault weapons that are used by these people; we can at least pass laws so that people like this person cannot have access to hundreds and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. We can at least try.
The shooter in Portland also used an AR-15. It was on the assault weapons law and was a banned weapon. He would not have had access to it if the ban had not been allowed to expire.
I am very disappointed with President Obama. I do not hate him; I am just disappointed in him. I had so much hope.
And now, he will not stand up to the people who want to make certain tax cuts will remain in place that help only the very wealthy and who can then turn around and be against a $250 increase for Social Security recipients.
Our problems with deficits did not start with President Obama. The Stimulus had to be in place to prevent the economy from going into a depression like the one faced by my parents.
There had to be bailouts, but all of the money that was given to banks should have had to be paid back with interest. All in the financial institutions who could have been prosecuted should have been.
You can do your own research, but under President Bush the National Debt was $5.727 trillion when he took office. When he left office the national debt stood at $9.849 trillion, a 71.9 percent increase during the Bush Presidency. It was the biggest increase in American history.
The stimulus was the right thing to do. We did have to spend to save the economy. Because of the mismanagement of the Bush Administration, we were at the brink of economic catastrophe at the end of his term. We had to take the steps to save the economy.
And even though unemployment is unacceptably high, we have not gone into a depression. The economy is recovering, but it is at too slow a pace. We need more jobs. My heart goes out to all who do not have jobs who need them.
Unlike most of the Republicans in Congress, I am not in favor of cutting their unemployment benefits.
But I am for doing whatever we need to do, which includes continuing to spend to stimulate the economy because we have to prevent the kind of economic suffering another Great Depression would bring. I know we will have to address deficits, but if we do not save the economy then I truly fear what the future will bring for the United States.
But I am afraid of the deficits that we run as much as anyone. I have always felt that way. I did not hear any Republicans or Conservatives complain about the deficits President Bush ran. I remember under President Clinton when we began to run surpluses and there was talk of eliminating the National Debt by 2015.
President Bush's failures made that impossible, of course. We will need to get the deficits we run down at some point. It will cause pain and require sacrifice. And I do not blame President Obama for spending to prevent another Great Depression. I blame President Bush for his total mismanagement of the economy and for his failed Presidency that added $4 trillion to our National Debt.
And I also don't want to hear any more people say that President Bush kept us safe. Who was President when 9/11 happened? His administration had been in office for nine months. He had been warned that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States. What actions did he take to protect us? None.
He did not keep us safe. He did not wipe out Al-Queda. We had the world with us; we should have exterminated Al-Queda. Instead, he got us into a war in Iraq that has cost us the lives of thousands of our young men and costs our country billions.
If he is not the worst President we have ever had, who is it?
If the Republicans and Consevatives, though, seriously want to attack the deficits now, I do not understand why it is so horrible that millionaires might have to pay some more in taxes. It is not like they would cease to be millionaires and be able to enjoy life. They would still be wealthy.
Many Republicans and Conservatives, however, do not seem to have any problem with cutting Social Security, with denying even a $250.00 increase to a person on a fixed income, who may have to watch every penny to make certain he has enough food.
We need to be very careful. We could still have another Great Depression. The economic problems caused by the previous Conservative, Republican Administration will not easily be solved.
I can understand the anger at our high rate of unemployment. My heart goes out to any man or woman in need of a job. But history will show that this stimulus did prevent our economy from going into a decline that would have been similar to the Great Depression of the 1930's. I do not like the idea of bailing out banks or anyone who does not deserve it. But the bailout was necessary to prevent economic catastrophe. I do believe that all bailout money should be paid back to the federal government, with interest, from the institutions who received it; and that any individual in any institution that could have been prosecuted should have been prosecuted for the harm they caused others.
I do know that much of the money from the stimulus has been spent to repair our country's infrastructure and for many other good things that have helped our country.
I hope the economy will become stronger as soon as it can. But I think it is wrong to look to the very people who caused our Recession to be the ones who will lead us out of it. We should not give the keys back to the person who wrecked the car in the first place.
By Chris Shaw
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