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Speak Out 8/15/11

Monday, August 15, 2011

Approval ratings

THE approval rating of the U.S. Congress is deservedly at its lowest point in its history. Pandering to the confused but finicky electorate is what caused Congress to be in free fall. It has reaped what it sowed, and its members will suffer a anti-incumbent fate at the polls next year.

Market reaction

THE stock market dropped more than 1,000 points in several days. This followed the credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's, downgrading the country's ability to pay for its debt. And so what do investors do? They take their money out of investments in private concerns and rush to invest it in U.S. Treasuries, the very guarantor of U.S. debt. What Wall Street trusts is the ability of the U.S. government to pay its debt. What they don't trust is the obstructionism of Republican members of Congress, willing to block job growth and make us all suffer while they focus on their singular goal of bringing down the president.

Support troops

THIS is in regard to our military shot down in Afghanistan. Why weren't our flags flying at half staff? I come from a long line of military family. I am ashamed that they were tossed to the side like they didn't matter. Our country needs to wake up. You may not agree with the war, but there are thousands of men and women over there risking there lives to protect our country. Show respect for them and support our troops.

Cleaning rooms

I am so disappointed in the cleanup of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools. I am still trying to clean my classroom. My friend can't even get into her classroom.

Gas prices

I would like someone to explain to me why gas prices in St. Louis were $3.09 recently when in Jackson they were $3.43. Looks like to me the barrel price is down, so why aren't our prices down?

Administration wrong

BARNEY Frank said Fannie and Freddie were strong and Treasury Secretary Geithner agreed, yet the housing market failed. Geithner and Obama said the country would not lose it's AAA rating, yet it did; they also said the financial markets would crumble if Congress didn't raise the debt limit, which it did, and yet the market still crumbles. The proof of this failed administration is real and undeniable.

Social Security

I cannot stand to read another comment from a senior citizen on Social Security. Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. I am in my late 20s and realize that there will be no Social Security when I retire. I will start saving for my retirement like all of the other seniors should have done. Why expect the people of America to pay for you just because you are elderly?

Broken windows

WHAT is up with all the broken windows downtown? Spanish Street and Main Street seem to be a target. Maybe someone was trying to throw a beer bottle into the trash bins that are sitting on the sidewalk.

Watch children, not TV

THERE are thieves among us in our fair town of Jackson. I had some Coors in the back of my truck for a party. Someone stole it. I think parents need to watch their children and stop watching reality TV.

Mold problem

SOME classrooms at the middle school in Jackson have mold. Not sure if it is black mold but mold nevertheless, and little is being done to fix the problem. Janitors have just wiped the mold away. Does this really fix the problem?

Working men

I had a person tell me that Democrats were for the working man. He said the rich Republicans are greedy and do nothing for the working man. I couldn't help myself but remind him that if it were not for Republicans, there wouldn't be working men, and Democrats will take money from everyone, including the working man.

Paying taxes

YES, there need to be changes in the tax code. It is time for people to pay their fair share along with the 5 percent of the population who pay 60 percent of the taxes. It is time for people that do not pay taxes to participate with contributions rather than withdrawals. These are the people that live off the sweat of hardworking taxpayers while complaining they are not getting enough. It is time people receiving entitlements give something in return and show some appreciation. Now that would be change I can believe in.

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Approval ratings: The approval ratings for Congress as a whole are meaningless. The only thing that matters is how each district approves of their representative and there has been virtually no change in those numbers. The percentage of "safe" seats where incumbents can expect to win by 20% has actually been continually rising in spite of falling overall disapproval ratings. Take a look at our own House district and you will see the sort of guaranteed reelection that is now enjoyed by many more members than just Ms. Emerson.

Everybody loves to complain about Congress, but somehow their own representatives are never quite as terrible as those "other" representatives are.

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:29 AM

To the 20 year old posting comments about senior citizens.....

Maybe you don't know that senior citizens paid into social security......it's their money. No one is asking anyone in America to pay for them....they are asking for their own money. There's a difference.

If you are working and I hope you are...you are also paying into social security so lets hope you get it when you are a senior. If not, lets hope you don't have some 20 year old making comments about you in Speak out.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:34 AM


This from a senior citizen. Your thinking is correct to a certain degree... but our money is gone, stolen by congress and the presidents back from the beginning. We are being paid by the worker bees of today, and they have a justifiable concern about where theirs is going to come from.

If and when congress and the president has the guts to work out the fixes needed to stabilize SS and Medicare, we might get some resolution, and we might not like it, but if they let it go broke... we are not going to like that either. When I was 20, I never thought much about the system, hell it was going to last forever. But I still planned my life around making sure I had something else to fall back on. It was training I received from my parents. I did not want to retire poor, I learned to live that way as a youth and saw no reason to repeat it.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:01 AM

We did pay into Social Security, but when you consider all of the money that is paid out to survivors and the disabled, there is much more money being paid out of Social Security then initally planned. SO, the money we paid in is long gone.

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 2:30 PM

I agree Wheels, what has happen to our social security retirement fund is there is so much disability being paid out of it. In the past three years I never seen the like of people going on social security disability and the majority of them have not even reached the age of 60 yet. Many of our young people between the ages of 21-30 have even tried to jump onboard now to try to avoid of having a job, I had a young man tell me that this is the "new gig" among some young people now as he explained it to me. I guess they will combine that with being a professional student far as long as they can anything to avoid work, I don't want to say that bad word WORK some might go in to complete full arrest.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 4:13 PM


Actually, the senior citizens drawing money out now get much more out than they put in. Today's workers, not so much.

-- Posted by rh3a on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 5:12 PM

Bear in mind that whatever the Senior Citizen puts into the system, an equal amount is paid in on his behalf by the employer. An empoyee benefit, not owed government for any other reason. Also compounded interest is most often not calculated in that number as computed by the critics of the social security recipients. Take all of that into account and it changes the numbers considerably.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 5:49 PM

Everybody loves to complain about Congress, but somehow their own representatives are never quite as terrible as those "other" representatives are.

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:29 AM

Nil: If you would give me one reason I should vote for Mrs. Emerson the incumbent.

Social Security: The amount that I paid in plus my employer's amount will take me 16 years to withdraw it all, so 17 years from now just shoot me.

Paying taxes: The only fair tax is a "flat tax" whereby all workers and the blood sucking freeloaders will pay the same percentage of their total income even on welfare income.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 8:36 PM

The CEO of Starbucks said today lets not contribute to any incumbent's campaign....sounds good to me.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 9:17 PM

"freeloaders will pay the same percentage of their total income even on welfare income."

At least the treasury would get some of that free money returned.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 9:19 PM

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