by: Diane Benjamin
Sometimes I read Letters to the Editor which don’t come close to resembling reality. Polite political discourse can’t occur when facts are immaterial to the conversation. There is one of these in today’s Pantagraph. The writer probably doesn’t read this site, so if you know Linda Doenitz, give her a heads up.
First, Linda doesn’t feel that words like “disastrous” and “catastrophically” should be used to describe the rollout of ObamaCare, she calls it ACA. Linda: The President promised “you can keep your health insurance” and “you can keep your doctor”. Both were lies. People lost affordable plans and had to spend a lot of time seeking much more expensive insurance because of ObamaCare. To these families it is a disaster. They are forced to pay more and have much higher deductibles. Don’t even mention subsidies Linda, not everyone qualifies and those subsidies are OUR tax money. Around 1 millions people have signed up on the exchanges when around 6 million lost coverage when their plans were cancelled! Did you forget about the totally un-secure website failures and the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent writing it? Disaster is a mild description.
Linda’s second paragraph begins with a statement that I assume means conservatives are rich and therefore don’t care about other people’s problems. I guess if that was the truth, everybody should be conservative. We’d all be rich! Linda then goes on to repeat frequent lies uttered in DC about conservatives having no plans. She might want to check the hundreds of bill passed by the US House that are now in Harry Reid’s garbage can. Linda, in case you don’t know, that means in the Senate garbage. They don’t even discuss anything the House passes.
Linda further explains there have been no major terrorist attacks under Obama. Tell that to the Fort Hood families and the Boston Marathon survivors.
Linda also states the Stock Market has doubled and housing is rebounding. Linda, why is the Stock Market high? It couldn’t have anything to do with ridiculously low interest rates leaving no where else to park money or the Fed printing $85 BILLION dollars a month, could it? You could be in for a big surprise in 2014! Housing is rebounding? Maybe in parts of the country where values crashed, but how many homes are still underwater? Ask the people in Chicago and the suburbs selling at a loss just to escape Illinois.
There is more to her list. Auto industry booming – we lost $25 billion dollars on the investment in GM. FEMA is functioning smoothly? Tell the victims of hurricane Sandy. Troops are out of Iraq – yes, about 8000 people died in violence there this year. Iranians who spied for us fled to Iraq expecting us to rescue them. They are now being slaughtered. Iraq is something to cheer about? Is the President going to do the same with Afghanistan?
There’s more. Linda loves the diplomacy with Iran, Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Iran is laughing at us as they continue to enrich uranium, Syria and Obama’s “red-line” made him look foolish, and maybe she should check with Israel before thinking peace is going to break out anytime soon. Linda believes the same things Obama believes: talk and everything will be fine. America is close to having very little influence anywhere in the world because talking is a sign of weakness. We are much less secure now because we aren’t respected.
A few more: unemployment is dropping. Check the labor force participation rate Linda. Far fewer people are working now than at anytime in the last 40 years. Deficits decreasing? Obama ran deficits of over $1 TRILLION a year when Democrats controlled Congress. They have come down – under the Republican House, but not because the democrats were supportive. Does the evil sequester ring any bells Linda?
I love the ending. We should all listen to Pope Francis and Jesus and support social justice, feed the poor, protect the environment, and promote peace. Maybe the Pope should read up on Jesus. He never called on ROME to feed the poor. He told the people to do it. Giving responsibility to government is like hiring a nanny to raise your kids because you are too busy. Social justice is nothing more than communism where everybody is equally miserable. The environment is cleaner than it was 50 years ago, but I assume Linda wants fossil fuels discontinued. How many trillions do you want to waste figuring out how to do that?
Finally, promote peace? Nothing works better to promote peace than the other guy being scared to death that you will take them out. All the NSA data collection and billions spent on homeland security didn’t prevent the Boston bombings. The government was even warned by Russia about the brothers, but they still failed to detect and prevent the attack.
Linda, your Hope and Change is going to lead to more disasters. I guess you missed the reports of incomes being down, unless you are a government employee. Our enemies are embolden, our former friends know they can’t rely on us, and the rest of the world is wondering what happened to America.
Linda, your indoctrination is clearly visible. People are now taught what to think instead of how to think. Congrats. You are a big government success story.