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Speak Out 8/24/12

Friday, August 24, 2012

Excessive power

Am I the only person concerned that our schools, which we support with our taxes, are now telling us what our kids can eat and wear? For more than 100 years we have done very well without being told what to do; now we are not smart enough to take care of our children. I don't understand how the people of this country can simply sit back and allow our government and public schools to enact a power grab, as this plainly is. One more freedom gone. Sit and think about how many things you could do years ago that have now been made against the law. Remember, excessive power always leads to corruption.

Social Security

Social Security has been one of the best things and still is. The younger people had better watch out for the change the Republicans want to make. Have people save for their retirement on their own? It would be better to have to pay a little more. People have lost their life savings on the 401(k), and that is a good example of where the middle class would end up. The rich have all the greater ways and benefits to save. They don't get hurt like the middle class did. Also, Congress has been borrowing from it too, which hasn't helped any.

Obama's record

Recognizing Obama II: Well, let's see. Obama bailed out GM and left us taxpayers with $35 billion more debt, not to mention the trillions he's added to the national debt. He created Obamacare -- a 2,600-page monstrosity that a Democrat-controlled Congress did not read before passing. Then he granted 1,400 Obamacare waivers to his friends, including the entire state of Nevada (Democrat Sen. Harry Reid). He won't enforce border security. He's afraid of voter ID laws because then dead Democrats can't vote. He removed the work requirement from welfare. His wife tells a 16-year-old gold medalist what to eat. I don't need the government to tell me what to eat, drink, drive, listen to, watch, believe, or what kind of light bulb to use. Would you like more examples?

Opinion bias

Someone said the conservative Republican bias of the Southeast Missourian Opinion page indicates an attempt to sway voters to vote Republican. It's just the opposite. Southeast Missourian operatives realize most of their readers don't care for authority. Thus, the daily flood of authority figures on the Opinion page criticizing the Obama administration and encouraging us to support Romney-Ryan is really an attempt to get us to rebel against this constant onslaught and support President Obama's re-election. In my opinion, the staff and management of the Southeast Missourian is filled with socialists, communists and others on the extreme left. There needs to be an investigation.

Graduation rate

The Cape Girardeau School District may not yet be able to document the reason for its rising high school graduation rate. However, I am more than confident that it is because of the implementation of a world-class motivational program, with world-class motivational instructors. The program, not widely known or used, is for incoming freshmen and is known as PAS, Preparing for Academic Success. I urge all area school administrative personnel -- public, private and parochial -- to observe the program and interview the students and teachers involved. Once they do, I am certain serious consideration will be given to starting the same program at their respective schools, ASAP.

Akin's remarks

Todd Akin's repulsive remarks about "legitimate rape" exposes the dark underbelly of the Republican Party that it has to some degree kept under wraps, with the exception of Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell and a few others.

Rate increase

I attended the meeting with Ameren on the rate increase. We listened to a PR guy from Ameren tell us that times are tough and everyone has to sacrifice; so they are asking everyone to just pay a little more. It seems like a reasonable request until you realize that Ameren paid their stockholders $2.2 billion in the last five years and their CEO, Tom Voss, got a salary and benefit package of $5.7 million last year, a 20 percent increase from 2009. In addition, the office of the Public Counsel of the Public Service Commission says that Ameren wants their customers to pay for expensive lawyers, consultants and lobbyists in their effort to get the rate increase. Where does it stop?

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The person is just now figuring out that social security is going broke where have they been for the past twenty years. Those bad republicans they did it again. Here is a shocker this morning they announced that the CEO of G.E. quit the President's job council citing numerous reasons says the President never had meetings with the council but one this year he said that he will be supporting Mitt Romney for President.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 7:37 AM

Excessive power: The Bill of Rights has been an endangered species for quite awhile. We must all stand for something or we will fall for anything.

Social Security: You will need S.S. plus other investments to take you into your retirement years. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Obama's record: When did it come out, haven't heard it on the radio yet. Obama doesn't have time to cut records, we need jobs jobs jobs.

Opinion bias: This is one comment that should have been deleted by the censors.

Graduation rate: How about PTGAJAG (Prepare to get a job after graduation) for a program for high school students.

Akin's remarks: Akin who?

Rate increase: Increase should only match the cost of doing business (employee wage increases, fuel cost, to name a few) and not to enhance the CEO salary.

The RNC convention is being threatened by topical storm Isaac....the last hurricane to threaten the RNC convention was hurricane Sarah.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 7:39 AM

If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of?

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 7:47 AM

Social Security - it was announced a week ago that for the first time people paying into social security will get less than they paid in. The writing is on the wall. It needs to be revamped and democrats admit it. There is no leadership in the democrat party - just a bunch of loons like Pelosi and Reid. So keep your head in the sand and keep voting "dem" and in a few years social security will be bankrupt. And then in 2020 all you liberals will be saying "It's Bush's fault". Hilarious.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 8:28 AM

Opinion bias;

Tongue in cheek or ultra paranoid? It's kinda hard to tell!

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 9:40 AM

Dug: explain to me please how Social Security will go bankrupt? I don't argue the numbers, I agree that the program has expanded to obscene proportions. But, spending more than we take in is Washington's way of doing things. Is it your contention that Washington will one day wake up and discover that they can't afford it and just shut it down? Not very likely. Or will they just continue to throw more money they don't have to keep it afloat? We need to have a serious discussion about cutting this back to pre-medicaid days. I think the numbers begin working again if we do that one thing.

-- Posted by Cogito on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:52 AM

Dug: explain to me please how Social Security will go bankrupt? I don't argue the numbers, -- Posted by Cogito on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:52 AM

True - it's "too big" to fail. It - along with banks, GM, Chrysler, green energy - will get loans from China to continue.

A gallon of milk will cost $17 by then...

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 11:33 AM

Agreed. I don't know where the line is. At what point - $20 trillion??? $40 trillion??? - will liberal Americans realize that the game is up? Will Americans decide to stop this or will banks "downgrade" our credit so we end up like Greece - cutting everyones retirement, cutting services and raising taxes through the roof?

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 12:31 PM

Wheels, it's really a sad statement about these times that the opinions of people of my generation, who were taught to save our money, limit our debt, and pay as you go, are being kicked to the curb by folks who think that maxing out our national debt has no downside. Hubris.

-- Posted by Cogito on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 2:19 PM

"what are Girl Scout cookies made out of"

They're made out of the oven, and then put in the oven to bake.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 4:33 PM

Look out Wheels your going to be tagged as a old mean republican mad at the world. The democrats run down the make believe yellow brick road and along the way trying to find money they can pick off of the trees.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 7:42 AM

Posted by Cogito

You and a lot of others need to get their head out of the sand and look around at what the Democrates are doing to destroy this country......

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 9:05 AM

Wheels you get a chance go watch 2016 it is now showing in Cape.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 9:18 AM

EXCESSIVE POWER: It's only starting America, if we don't start paying attention then whats left of the rights we have left will be gone.

AKIN: I was raised as a christian and all of us make mistakes and say stupid things we wish we had kept to ourselves. This man has asked for us to forgive him. Our country is in a big enough pile of doo-doo, let's deal will the big issues and move on.

-- Posted by hotshot202 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 9:22 AM

People have to start relying on themselves again.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 8:27 AM

Wheels: This is true and I am tried of having to carry these freeloaders on my shoulders.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 9:36 AM

Wheels: Up and ready for anything. Out of town with my girlfriend.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 10:50 AM

Wheels it tells the true story, and it is not a movie it is a documentary.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 10:53 AM

Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82. Guess we all remember him as being the first man to walk on the moon. He was truly an American hero!

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 3:23 PM

Drivers start your engines and lets go Nascar Sprint Cup Racing on ABC at 6:30pm. Tonights race is at Bristol, TN home of the Thunder Valley.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 6:38 PM

Danica Patrick just wrecked and is out of the Nascar race. She is living up to her nickname that I gave her when she started driving in Nascar: "Car Wrecker".

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 9:48 PM

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