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Envy isn’t really the issue

Published: Wed, November 21, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Envy isn’t really the issue

The letter in last Tuesday’s paper titled “Obama played class envy card” is a slap in the face for anyone who has any intelligence.

It would have been nice if the writer could have given the president enough respect to address him as President Obama. Perhaps she is among the 1 percent of the wealthy. She referred to how hard “their” forefathers worked to become rich. Many of the wealthy became rich by the blood and sweat of many slaves that were brought here by force, worked and died. We who are their descendants are still working hard, but only very few have the privilege to become the 1 percent that become rich and famous. No one envies the rich for what they have; we only want them to pay their fair share.

The president is blamed for everything negative that happens in this country, but if he doesn’t have the cooperation of Congress he is hitting a brick wall. The Republicans and some Democrats want to see him fail regardless of what it does to this country. Is it egotistic or racist? This president has had less cooperation than any president in our history.

Regardless to how the writer feels, I am very proud of our president. He stands proud under much pressure and adversities. He also has been disrespected more than any president, only because he is black. It is time all races need to come together as a democratic country.

I am praying for all who hate President Obama. I am sure God is on his side and on the side of the poor and downtrodden.

Olla L. Tate, Youngstown


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years ago

Olla must have forgotten how the democrats and the press disrespected former President Bush. The current administration won't even let the public forget since evey economic problem is blamed on Bush.

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2paulparks(235 comments)posted 2 years ago

"I am sure God is on his side..."

I wonder if God really is on the side of the most pro-abortion president in history? hmmm.....

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3charms(228 comments)posted 2 years ago

"...he is ... disrespected... only because he is black."

Wow! Has Obama got you snowed! I can't stand the man and it has nothing to do with his race. (No one ever says that he is half-white.)

Also, with all due respect to the writer's race, I am so tired of this country having to "pay current blacks off" for slavery over 100 years ago. I know this isn't politically correct to say such a thing today, but that is how I feel.

Why can't people, black, white or whatever, just stand on their own merits... without the sickening victimization talk all the time?

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4AtownAugie(717 comments)posted 2 years ago

Breathtaking how Ms Tate's knowledge of history has a starting date of 20 January 2009.

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5redeye1(4693 comments)posted 2 years ago

Hey Olla, Quit trying to blow smoke up our arses on how hard he has it.Why don't you just come out and say it, you only voted for him because he's black .If you can, give me some good examples to how his experience in Govt has made him a good president,Maybe I'll see your point , but I don't think you will be able to. Maybe the blacks should quit using the race card and slave BS. If you knew anything about the slavery issue you would know that the blacks were sold by blacks to be slaves, As far as blacks being held back, that is because of their own doings, Like quitting school, because they don't like it. We have lower many standards for them to get good jobs but they don't want them . Life is easier on welfare . They are responsible to no one, where as if they had a job they might have to be responsible.

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6commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years ago

The "people" she discribes were sold as slaves by her "people" and she blames the rich!!
This president has less respect because he is causing this country to go broke because of his policy of giving to the "takers" and taking from the "makers".

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7redeye1(4693 comments)posted 2 years ago

CC Great Post!

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8cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 2 years ago

Why is it ALWAYS about RACE? That is the DEMOCRATS "last resort" when they can NOT prove an argument that is FACT. I wrote the original article and am NOT part of the 1%. You obviously did NOT read the article with FACTS re: the top 10% of earners paying over 71% of all personal income taxes. The middle class (bottom 50%) earned 12 percent of personal income and pay only 3% of income tax revenues. How much should the wealthy pay - 100% ? ? ?

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9paulparks(235 comments)posted 2 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Kathy! Your original letter was very good too!

Take care!

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10borylie(825 comments)posted 2 years ago

These racists can call me racists all day long.Whenever they realize that name calling won't cause people to cave,they'll have to start using some other way to intimidate since common sense and facts elude these people.
These liberals advise the conservatives to be more inclusive,you know more blacks,more women. So we have Alan West,Mia Love,Sarah Palin,Clarence Thomas,etc. and the libs destroy these people.
Cathy,thank you for your input and your courage. Most of us hide behind our user names. You use your name here and in the paper. Hope these people don't try and silence you.

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11johnbates4(16 comments)posted 2 years ago

The middle class isn't the bottom 50%. The bottom half isn't the middle...its the bottom.

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12paulparks(235 comments)posted 2 years ago


So what... "bottom half...." Doesn't half include a portion of the middle? What if you said the bottom two-thirds or the bottom three fifths?

Cathy made her point.

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13johnbates4(16 comments)posted 2 years ago

Yes but it also includes the bottom 25%. That certainly isn't the middle.

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14doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years ago

Here's a fact for you, cathy, paul, etc, etc, etc. And you should appreciate it because it has nothing to do with race. The president just destroyed the GOP-Tea Party in a nationwide election. And here's another fact that is not race based. The democratic party won an even larger majority in the Senate. So when you and your tea party buddies sit around and wonder how in the world could they lose these high-profile elections when the economy is sooo horrible and so many people are out of work, these racially neutral facts should serve to remind you why you lost, and you need to look no further than the mirror for the reasons behind your crushing defeat. The tea party is all done. Figure out a different game - cause you're no longer relevant under the current rules.

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