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Letters to the Editor for June 8

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Viewpoint on Court didn’t exactly have its facts straight Edwin Reilly’s May 27 Viewpoint, “Supreme Court not empowered to declare laws unconstitutional,” focuses on the supposed lack of checks and balances between the three branches of government. Please note the “supposed.” Reilly states, “The only check of Congress on the federal judiciary is that judges, too, even Supreme Court justices, can be impeached, and, if convicted, removed from office, but that has never happened.” In ...

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June 8, 2012
11:56 a.m.

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Mr. DeSantis: Let me start off with I never voted for President Bush and I haven't voted for a Republican candidate for President since 1988. I am not a registered Republican either.

People such as yourself have no idea of the facts. First, President Bush did not have a $10 trillion debt. The amount of debt accumulated under President Bush was roughly $5 trillion. Secondly, yes President Bush had the cost of the wars off the books for good reason. If that cost was added to the budget, it would then become part of the baseline budget for the successive year. What this means is Congress would see how much was spent in the previous year to use that to base the next year's spending on thus keeping the high spending into perpetuity. President Obama has not included the cost of the wars in his spending but he is trying to claim the ending of the wars as spending reductions going forward. And under his administration, the debt has risen more than $5 trillion dollars in only 3.5 years as compared to President Bush in 8 years.

You then claim that the low in employment is due to some made up 30-year experiment in deregulation and free-for-all capitalism. This is so far from the truth it is laughable. What 30-year experiment are you talking about? What capitalism are you talking about? Do you even know what capitalism is?

The housing market collapsed because the government forced banks to give mortgages to unqualified people. And then was the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. But guess what? That was all done during the end of the Clinton Administration. And our "illustrious" Governer who was Secretary of HUD, was jubilant over this.

You next blame the downgrade of our nation's debt on T.E.A. Party Republicans which is totally false. It was the Democrat controlled Senate that refused to even discuss any options. And the President who commissioned the Boles-Simpson Debt Commission, refused to even consider any of its proposals. I believe that is the so-called "Grand Bargain" you mention. The Democrats want nothing to do with reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The Republicans have put several reform measures on the table.

Your last point that the Keystone pipeline is not stopped is true but that is misleading. That proposal has been in the works for more than four years. It has been revised to alleviate the environmental concerns and yet the President still refuses to give it a yes or a no. The reason is purely political and I will bet you a million dollars that after the election he will give it a thumbs up. There is not less dependency on foreign oil today and any increase in oil production is due to the permits that President Bush approved and oil production on private lands. What is being exported is gasoline and that is because out economy is so weak we don't need it here.

June 8, 2012

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Ms. Kimble: I wrote a similar letter to yours to The Gazette but they didn't publish it (yet). You said pretty much what I said although I also mentioned the Federalist Papers which explained the role of the Supreme Court more clearly. Anyway, thank you for setting Mr. Reilly straight.