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Speak Out 4/20/10

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Support for Obama

SARAH Palin, keep your mouth shut about my president. I voted for President Obama, and I'd vote for him again tomorrow. I love his insurance plan. Pay your fair share.

Photo IDs

Politicians who want to require picture IDs for voters want to put a hardship on a lot of handicapped, disabled and older people.

Political whining

THE history of both political parties is the same. When there's a Republican president, the Democrats complain. When we have a Democratic president, Republicans do the same thing.

Gambling losses

SAM Blackwell, you're my kind of man. It seems gambling people can't see there is more money spent than won by the gamblers. It is a losing situation.

Presidential ambition

I don't like Sarah Palin. I don't think she's suited for the presidency. I have never seen anybody with such raw ambition to be president. My father always told me the best person for president is someone who is reluctant to be president. Someone who is overly ambitious, my father said, is dangerous for our nation.

Lucky Cape

I agree, Sam Blackwell, with your "Lucky Cape" column. Amen. Preach on.

Dividing America

I'M sure America's enemies are thrilled about the tea parties. They will sit back and watch Sarah Palin divide America.

Paying taxes

WHY is it that no one wants to pay taxes but so many complain when NASA takes cuts, our infrastructure crumbles, teachers are laid off, fire and police remain grossly underpaid, libraries close, Medicare slips further into the red and Social Security nears bankruptcy? At least we seem to have plenty of money for war.

Oil profit

JUST like the Bush administration's wars, tea partiers have the wrong target in their crosshairs. Taxes may actually drop if they aim at the right target: huge corporations such as Exxon, which posted $45 billion in profit for 2009 and didn't pay a cent in taxes. A paltry 1 percent tax rate on $45 billion would generate nearly a half-billion dollars in revenue that would be lifted from our backs. This is just one company. Imagine a measly 5 percent or 10 percent tax rate for these corporations. For those who think that would significantly raise our gas prices, relax. Passed on, that equals less than one cent per gallon.

Not good for Cape

I consider Sam Blackwell one of the most discerning, insightful citizens of Cape Girardeau and trust him completely when he makes a judgment about what is or is not in the interests of Cape Girardeau. Believe me, if Blackwell writes that a gambling boat would not be good for Cape Girardeau, then a gambling boat would not be good.

Not the Clintons

FOR those who hope one of the Clintons gets the nomination for Supreme Court justice: Both of these people have been proven to have circumvented our Constitution for their own personal gain. That type of behavior hardly qualifies a person to sit on the highest court in the land, the very one charged with the task of protecting our constitutional rights. In fact, their past legal behaviors would, in my opinion, make them the least qualified to do so.

Already recycling

IT was said that the new trash and recycling containers in Cape Girardeau were going to increase recycling. It has worked for my family. Even though trash in the new containers is not going to be picked up until May 3, we are placing recycling items in the new container anyway. We will still have enough space, even though we won't be able to have it dumped for another couple of weeks. The sizes of the cans help too. The recycling container is 96 gallons, and the trash is 64 gallons. More recycling, less trash.

Spinning backlash

REPUBLICAN spinmeister Frank Luntz has recommended that the GOP characterize a Democratic bill designed to end Wall Street bailouts as a bill designed to increase Wall Street bailouts. The American people have started to see through this kind of duplicitous distortion. Thus, if U.S. Senate Republicans unite in opposition to the Democratic proposal in order to try to defeat the bill, they do so at risk of losing recently regained momentum and lessen dramatically their chances to become the legislative party of the majority.

Voting and faith

I believe that many Democratic voters are Christian. However, I believe just as strongly that most Democratic leaders at the national level are making anti-Christian decisions. I don't understand how voters who say they are Christians can separate their core belief system from their voting decisions.

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Sarah Palin has as much right to criticize President Obama as Michael Moore or Jimmy Carter had to criticize the previous president. The fact that you, anonymous commenter, voted for him notwithstanding.

The current president sure had a lot of ambition to hold this office. Deference to those more experienced and knowledgeable was virtually nonexistent. I do have to give him credit for continuing many of the defense and war policies of the previous administration. Good move.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 12:37 AM

Oil profit;

Where in the world do you get your information? Exxon "didn't pay a cent in taxes?" Wow, that is the most uninformed, straight down the party line comment I've ever read here! Oil companies are the most heavily regulated and taxed businesses in the world. The media only reports the $45 billion profit and neglect to tell you that they actually payed more than that in taxes and their profit margin only runs about 9%. To make that $45 billion profit they have to risk almost $500 billion in capital. A $45 billion profit is more than reasonable for that large an investment. Get your head out of the sand!

-- Posted by Data48 on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 6:00 AM

good morning ☺

Support for Obama ---- why are folks afraid or Sarah Palin ? she's only out to make a buck , she's not a serious politician ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:02 AM

Seriously, why are all of these Obama supporters so afraid of Palin? She has more experience than Obama, she's a regular person, and she's very ambitious, are they afriad she may create enough buzz to be chosen over Obie in some poll?

I love how the Dems love to hate on Bush in the same sentence as complaining that people hate on Obie. In 50 years, we'll see that Bush made the right decision in going to war, he'll go down as a President who did what he had to to keep America strong, which is probably why Obama is going back on many of his "promises," he probably saw what Bush saw and had an "Oh" moment.

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Support for Obama

How much of our tax money (fair share) do you want?

dividing America

It is Obama that is dividing America...That is his objective...He has a plan. He creates a crisis and then takes advantage of it.

Obama supporters hate Palin because they can not defend the indefensible (Obama). They love and want socialism but are afraid to say so. These are the same people who hate Bush. They were very vocal with their hate of Bush but now want the Obama critics to sit down and shut up.

Rick, I am curious, why is Palin not a serious politician? I am interested in your basis of fact in your conclusion.

-- Posted by Balmy on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:48 AM


i just feel that Palin has become more of a spokesperson then a politician...i have no proof , just MHO...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:07 AM

Obama is continuing the policies of the previous administration. If you loved Bush, you should love Obama. Obama is your president and commander-in-chief. And every nation hell-bent on fascism needs men like Bush and Obama.

Sarah, keep doing what your doing. The masses need and deserve entertainment. It shapes their political views. Sheep needs guidance.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:09 AM

Hey Nall, does that make you a black sheep?

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:33 AM

Hawker, I'm a black sheep. I wonder time to time outside the flock.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:48 AM

James , ya can't see a black sheep in the middle of the night ....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 6:44 PM

Rick, have you been playin' with your webcam???

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:35 PM


Entertainment or not, Sarah rubs the libs raw and for that she is a great asset. I understand your argument (I disagree) that Bush is a fascist. I do not understand that argument regarding Obama. Socialism and Fascism are opposites. Obama admits he favors socialism in redistribution of wealth, central government control, etc.

-- Posted by Balmy on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:55 PM

Re: recycling,

When I started recycling my husband guffawed the idea. He resented us (me, actually) putting in all this effort and not getting anything out of it. I replied that I go to the recycling center once every ten days or so, it's the responsible thing to do and we don't have to buy trash bags as often. Think about the square footage a gallon jug takes up.

-- Posted by redpen on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:13 PM

Balmy, How can you say that Obama is a socialist? Government does not own or control the means of production. It controls a large segment, just as you would expect from fascism. Bush controlled a large segment of the means of production.

Obama is just carrying on Bush's policies. If you liked Bush, why not Obama?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:29 PM

Turnip , yep , i bought a new webcam 'cause i needed to send a pic to SO for a blog...

i guess i coulda gotta pic from the post office....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 9:45 PM

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