Misplaced Priorities



Misplaced priorities, according to a recent letter writer, hurt all Americans (Roundup, Jan. 14), and he is right. The writer illustrates this perfectly, but not in the way he thinks.

Obamacare is the misplaced priority — it is illegal, unconstitutional, incredibly expensive, and has cost thousands of people their health care. Thank God for Tea Party Republicans; they are trying to abolish it, and that is the highest priority there is.

The Republicans have been doing something about the 20 million Americans unable to find work; they’ve been doing everything they can to stop the Democrat spending spree and reduce taxes so the money could be used to build businesses and stimulate the economy. If America has the highest inequality of wealth in history, it’s because the Democrats like it that way: They could stop spending us into bankruptcy and let the producers of wealth put the workers to work. It’s been proven time and time again: Reducing taxes stimulates the economy and puts people to work. But the writer and his sycophants in the White House and Senate will have none of it.

The writer thinks 9/11 never happened, Benghazi never happened, the Boston Marathon bombing never happened. We are being attacked regularly; does the writer think our enemies will go home and pound sand if we eviscerate our military?

Complaining about corporations is getting old: It’s been proven over and over again, corporations pay more taxes than all others combined, and provide the most jobs.

Federal minimum wage? Here’s a fact: Workers must produce more than they cost in wages and benefits, or no one can afford to hire them. The bottom 20 percent of the economy will continue to receive less and less household income the higher the federal or state minimum wage goes.

Yes, let’s do something about the 50 million Americans who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick. Let’s get the federal government out of the way of the economy. Then market competition will make health care affordable to all because people will have jobs and will have competitive choices when they need health care.

Yes, all these problems have solutions, but those solutions do not reside in the federal government. If the government would get out of the way, the businesses and people could solve their own problems. The writer and his friends in the White House and Senate are the ones with the misplaced priorities.

Donald L. Cline


Ted Paulk 2 years, 12 months ago



Rex Hinshaw 2 years, 12 months ago

Hey Ted , if you don't have intelligent comments , don't waste our time with you stupid ZZs. Again , I caution you , don't call people liers on this forum. Thank you.


Rex Hinshaw 2 years, 12 months ago

Ted, sorry about the typo...I meant your stupid ZZs. Don, a well written response...thank you.


Ted Paulk 2 years, 12 months ago

If you hunt they call you a hunter. If you build houses they call you a builder. If you put out fires they call you a hero. If you submit lies to the paper, what should you be called? Surely you ALL know that Obamacare is not illegal and if you do think that you are just plain ignorant...and if you know it is a lie and you repeat it; YOU ARE A LIAR. That's a fact Jack!!!


Ronald Hamric 2 years, 12 months ago

Well Ted,

Then I can take it you don't have a problem with folks, even his media worshipers, that call your "Messiah" Obama a LIAR? If you take a position that he is not such, then it is you who are ignorant. That's a fact Jack!


Donald Cline 2 years, 12 months ago

Thanks, Rex. Well, Ted, people who call other people "liars" without documenting their charge are leaving themselves open to charges of libel. Then they have to prove the truth of their charges in court, or be required to pay penalties. But don't worry, as long as you don't make a habit of it, I won't file a lawsuit against you because of an idiotic accusation made in a political debate. However, I caution you to not make a habit of it. Now then, to our muttons: I would really like to see you try to document your inference (inferred, since you called me a liar) that the Affordable Care Act is legal and Constitutional. Here is your opportunity: The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." You can look that up; you don't have to take my word for it. So, that being the case, for me to be a "liar" as you have charged, there must be some specific Section in Article I of the Constitution of the United States delegating to Congress the authority to pass laws governing, controlling, administering, or otherwise somehow related to the administration of healthcare, and in Article II, the authority to enforce such law. Your obligation, should you wish to redeem yourself as a truth-teller rather than being justly labeled with the insult you have applied to me, is to specify what Section out of the ten Sections in Article I authorizes Congress to pass any law related to healthcare, and what Section out of the four in Article II delegated to the Executive Branch the authority to enforce such a law. 'Ave a go, mate! Showtime! Prove to the assembled multitudes that you have a clue what you are talking about. (I'm doing you a favor, Ted; if you do the research you might learn something important about liberty.)


Anita Christy 2 years, 12 months ago

Thanks Mr. Cline for your article and comments. I'm not sure why "doing something" is so wonderful. Here is a small portion of what the Obama presidency has "done." Since the passage of Obamacare's nearly 23,000 pages, we still don't know everything that's in it. What we do know is that many of us have lost our insurance, many of us have lost our doctors, many of us are paying thousands more for health insurance.

We also know that many companies have layed off employees under this presidency, being wiped out by more taxes, more regulations, and Obamacare: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-11/if-we-are-economic-recovery-why-are-major-corporations-firing-thousands.

The "do something" Obama presidency has added thousands of pages of regulations being implemented by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the IRS, and other federal agencies. The "do something" Obama presidency passed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (They always name these things something that sounds really helpful to the lowly citizens.) Dodd-Frank requires 400 separate rulemakings by 11 separate federal agencies. Dodd-Frank alone will require businesses to hire more than 26,000 personnel just to comply with the regulations. Personnel that do not contribute to the economy. They bleed the life out of it.

And on and on and on and on. Personally, I wish they would stop DOING SOMETHING, because we no longer live in a republic. We live in an Administrative State, run by unelected bureaucrats.


Donald Cline 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Not exactly an objective or unbiased source, is it, John? After reading a half-dozen Marxist Playbook style insults against those trying to rein in the First Sock-Puppet, I clicked on "About Us" to find out whether it was another far-left subsidiary of the far-left Annenberg Foundation like Factcheck.org. It conveniently returned "Error 404: Page Not Found." Sorry, John, but no cigar. I didn't read all the insults, but even the one about Barry Soetoro (alias Obama) being "wrong" instead of lying about keeping our physicians under Obamacare revealed Obama said it 28 times. Yeah, he's wrong, and he's wrong about one heck of a lot. But does the site suggest, anywhere, that there is an Article, Section, or Clause in the U.S. Constitution that authorizes the federal government to involve itself in any way with healthcare? Or Socialism, for that matter? Maybe you should be trying to help us get this out-of-control Marxist Mafia government back on its Constitutional rails, John, before we have to defend our liberties with more than just words. What do you think?


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