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Speak Out 5/26/11

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reverse math

IN the last three weeks the futures price of gasoline has dropped by over 40 cents per gallon. The pump price has only dropped five to 10 cents. It is amazing to me that Big Oil uses the daily markets to up their prices, but when the markets drop they do the reverse math.

Congress turnover

I see another turnover in Congress coming.

Delaying inevitable

A recent Speak Out comment erroneously claimed that GM was paying back the taxpayer-funded loans and held up the bailout as a success since GM is once again making a profit. The government actually forgave a significant portion of the loans, lowered the interest rate, and subsequently increased the requirements on government agencies to lease and buy GM products such as within the GSA fleet. All the government has done is delay the inevitable.

Oil subsidies

WHAT is amazing is the Republicans' insistence that these huge corporations need over $2 billion in tax subsidies to continue gouging the American public.

Letter People

IN one of the most counterproductive and stunning developments in the history of education, an area school district has evidently required the removal of The Letter People from classrooms. No doubt millions of students around the world have made otherwise impossible strides in literacy with the use of the inflatable Letter People. I openly appeal to the area school board to reconsider this apparently arbitrary and uninformed decision to remove The Letter People and reinstate them to their rightful place in the classrooms.

Egypt relief

THE White House announced a billion dollars in debt relief for Egypt. Where is this money coming from? How about trying to relieve our own debt first?

Concede election

MANY would disagree, but I think it would be a grand gesture and help unify the country if, within six weeks, the Republican Party decides (when it comes to the presidential election of 2012) to concede.

Ending aid

ALL foreign aid makes up only about 2 percent of the federal budget. Ending it all would do nothing to prevent much needed entitlement reform and would jeopardize national security beyond calculation.

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Concede election

surely democracy doesn't mean only two options, we need one option. Monocracy. Dictators. Tyrants. Let's bring sadaam

back. Everyone knows more parties are needed.

Ending aide

2% is a lot of money

-- Posted by FunkDaddy on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 12:39 AM

Congress Turnover

Popsicles melt. Magnetic poles shift. Kids eat acid. It is the world now days. We have messed up earth.

-- Posted by FunkDaddy on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 12:43 AM

Ending aid: Ending foreign aid would hardly "jeopardize national security". It would very likely make us safer in the long run.

A big hunk of our foreign aid is in the form of Foreign Military Assistance. We sell arms to current dictators, and we train their military & police on how to interrogate dissidents and put down popular uprisings.

Even the non-military aid almost always goes into the pockets of the family & friends of top foreign government officials. That may make them friendlier for now, but it also makes our country into a well justified target for any opposition.

Put yourself in the shoes of a revolutionary in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. You are living under a brutal regime where you face down the barrel of US purchased weapons being used by US trained troops and the dictators in control are propped up in part by US foreign aid. It is hard to argue we don't deserve any blowback we may receive in such situations.

-- Posted by Nil on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 1:34 AM

I am tired of people saying how "2% is so little money." In the big picture of the Federal Government is sure might be, but that 2% is HUGE to most Americans!

And the "drops in the bucket" that politicians refer to as they spend and spend all add up to fill the bucket too!

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 7:56 AM

Why can't the Dems concede the election?

-- Posted by teacher_guy11 on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 8:52 AM

there is no question that 2% is a lot of money . to say it is more than 98% , i dunno...2% of the USA runs the other 98% ?...i have my doubts on this one.

altho things don't look good for Republicans in 2012 , i really don't see them conceding anything..

there is nothing wrong with foreign add AFTER the USA is brought under control..would you give every last cent to your name to somebody you don't even know ?..sorry , i wouldn't in these tough times..

-- Posted by Rick* on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 9:53 AM

rick you told me to just get over it. really i think you are a politician an d what you told me to do get over it. i will if you will

-- Posted by tipsi on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 11:19 AM


would that be the 2% , the Republicans , or the foreign aid ?..i guess i'm mixfused..

'politician' is a dirty word in my book . we need more civilians and less politicians, IMHO..

-- Posted by Rick* on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 11:26 AM

Some republicans are so worried about defeating the President in 2012 well the way they have acted since winning the house back in 2012 and the very weak field of candidates they have fielded for the 2012 Presidential election and also the medicare and social security scare they put out there a few weeks ago they will end up defeating themselves.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 12:27 PM

I mean by winning the house back in the 2010 elections.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 12:28 PM


Do you think it will be good for Obama to win again in 2012, along with a Democrat majority in both the House and the Senate?

Do you think he will then build a better America... or will it be the same crap we had for the first 2 years of his term, creeping socialism now continuing into the 3rd year?

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 1:21 PM

did anyone see the beautiful Rainbow after yesterday's storm ?

it was great...

-- Posted by Rick* on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 1:46 PM

Obama WILL win in 2012. And many Republicans WILL lose seats.

Republicans have proven ONCE AGAIN they can't lead themselves out of a paper bag.

-- Posted by the_eye on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 2:06 PM

"WHAT is amazing is the Republicans' insistence that these huge corporations need over $2 billion in tax subsidies to continue gouging the American public."

What's more amazing is that anyone voted for those fools in the first place.

-- Posted by the_eye on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 2:07 PM

Wasn't the question the_eye/Tunnel Vision!

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 2:43 PM

folks who claim only half of Washington DC are fools really are the fools in the end...

-- Posted by Rick* on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 2:47 PM

Former Federal Building

We all was told in the news paper and the news on TV that the Cape Commission was going to use the old Federal Building for there own reason that the reason that they did not went Rev Larry Rice to get it for a Homeless Shelterfor people that need a place to live and where it is safe for them and there family, now that they know mr Rice don't went it any more they are going to put it up on line to get some money for it , the trueth is they just did't went a homless shelter in Cape Girardeau .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 2:52 PM

Oil Subsidies

What is really amazing is that anyone thinks that increasing taxes on oil companies will bring down the price of gas.

Increased supply, will however, bring down the price of gas.

-- Posted by rh3a on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 3:11 PM

Why can't the politions just work together and try to get this country out of the mess Bush left us with instead of all the petty dems bashing. They done the same thing when Clinton beat them. He couldn't get anything done because he had to concentrate on defending all the false acusations against him. Seems to me that Obama is bending over backwards to get some good things done. By the way, I didn't vote for OBAMA OR CLINTON. I probably will never vote for another Republican now either.

-- Posted by Just me on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 10:03 PM

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