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Republican ideology has not served the United States well

Published: Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Republican ideology has not served the United States well

Pundits like Cal Thomas extol Republican ideology that has created problems for America. Ronald Reagan praised unions in 1980 and then fired all air traffic controllers. Iran-Contra was as a result of making the CIA the biggest drug dealers in the universe. Tricky Dick Nixon avowed he wasn’t a crook over the Watergate break-in, then resigned in disgrace.

Then, we have the local boy does good, Warren Harding, presiding over the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Herbert Hoover presided over the Great Depression. George W. Bush did an illegal war (resulting in the deaths of over 5,400 Americans, almost twice the number killed by the terrorists on 9/11), put oversight on the back burner, and presided over a drop of almost 5,000 points in the Dow. Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama bailed out the last two. I imagine that Old Abe would be clucking and shaking his head over the ideology. It seems funny that none of the pundits you feature on your editorial page mention any of this.

Mitch McConnell and the Party of No have been mute in the Senate. John Boehner has been pouting from an Obama second term and the legislation that the House passes results in a shutdown of the government costing the U.S. billions in dollars over a fight in legislation (ObamaCare) they lost. Boehner also led the House in 37 votes costing $52 million to repeal ObamaCare — without success. These are examples of historical perspectives of ideology gone awry — and it’s frightening.

Then Cal has the audacity to whine about the underwriting of more debt. He, too, ignores the insatiable pork underwritten in legislation by members of both parties. Just one example: The Study of the Sex Life of a Mosquito. Given all the problems suffered by America since 1898, we are still here, we are still fighting, still trying to bring America to its fullest and grandest potential.

We suffer from a budget deficit because a budget surplus developed under Wild Bill Clinton was squandered. And the companies bailed out by President Obama have repaid huge sums.

America will continue to have its ups and downs because of democracy — the election of legislators, both good and bad. It is the nature of the beast. We’d be well-served to act with patience and determination in all aspects of making America better for all the people — the 100 percent.

John Zordich, Youngstown


1redeye1(5063 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

@ Former You might have also forgotten how the demoncrats (LBJ) started the borrowing from Social Security without. ever paying back one red cent. That is the real reason its in trouble today. Now we have a president who violates the constitution daily but I guess that is alright with John Zordich.. One other tihng all the demoncrat presidents that you mentioned didn't inherit anything blindly , they knew all about it while running for the job.

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2eagleye(59 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey, another Zordich delusional letter!!! Must have gotten another Pelosi Enema today. This letter only shows how mentally challenged Zordich really is. I'll provide the FACTS so John can get a little up to speed.
Air traffic controllers were fired because their strike was ILLEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW. They were given several opportunities to come back to work,and a few did, but the unions thought they wouldn't get any penalty. So, Reagan FOLLOWED THE LAW and fired them all.
Iran Contra? You really don't know jack about this, however I do since I'm a retired Army Officer who worked at the White House Military Office. Here's the FACTS, John. Iran Contra was a political fight over Presidential foreign policy. In case you don't know, foreign policy is made by the President, not the Congress. The Dumbassocrat Congress didn't like us supporting the anti-communists in Nicauragua so they tried to cut off funds. Reagan got funding from foreign sources to continue to support OUR ALLIES in the their fight against the Commies. The Iran part was an attempt to provide some military equipment to some Iranians so they could eventually overthrow the Ayatolla. It didn't work out, but at least he tried. The Commies were defeated in Central America.
Bush's illegal war??? Not hardly. Congress voted to support the war in accordance with the War Powers Act. If they didn't want to, they could have just cut the funding. Remember, John, it was a DEMOCRATIC congress that voted the funding. Every major country was also sure that Saddam had WMD. Actually, what happened to all the 18 wheeler loads of stuff the Saddam move into Syria before we invaded? Gee....do you think that Syria's chemical weapons could have been some from Iraq? Saddam gassed his own people, and purchased yellow cake uranium from Nigeria in the 1980s. The economic collapse: It all started with the Community Reinvestment Act. You really need to watch some of the videos on YouTube of Bush officials starting in 2002 calling for an audit of FANNIE MAE and FREDIE MAC because of their concern about mortgage lending problems. The DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CONGRESS blew them off. Barney Frank, the Finance Chairman was telling people to keep on investing in FANNIE MAE while he knew it was crashing. The pressure from the DEMOCRAT banking committes under Frank and Dodd in the Senate intimidated and threatened banks if the didn't relax, or completely waive the normal lending thresholds and give loans to people who were totally unqualified to get them, couldn't pay them, and allowed them to walk away from the houses since they didn't invest a dime of their own money. WE, the PEOPLE got screwed over because of these insane DEMOCRAT banking regulations. Don't believe me, just ask folks at the local First Place Bank about why they went bankrupt. You really need to spend some time getting facts, John instead of taking the daily DNC enemas.

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3jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Zordich reminds me of a situation, when I lived in Boston a number of years ago - In one of the Boston suburbs, a Councilman was jailed after he committed a felony, yet his name was on the ballot & was reelected while in jail.

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4eagleye(59 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Benjii, the Air Traffic Controller were fired because it is ILLEGAL for federal essential employees to go on strike. The FAA union violated federal law, and though they could get away with it. Reagan called them on it, gave them the opportunity to get back to work and they didn't. So....Reagan followed the law and fired them. That was no hard decision and I would have fired them in a minute. This is why even Roosevelt warned about the dangers of public employees unionizing, and why even he opposed it. It's only gotten worse over the years with the union now holding officials hostage with the threat of strikes, etc. This expecially goes for teachers too. I'd fire any public employee if they go on strike. This should be one of the easiest decisions that a public manager can do. Problem is that most don't have any backbone.

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576Ytown(1316 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

“Did you hear about the Obama
administration scandal?”

Donna: “The setting up of Seal Team 6?”
Larry: “No, the other one.
Donna: “The Mexican gun running?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “The State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, e-mails and everything else?”
Larry: “No, the other one”
Donna: “The State Dept. interfering with an IG investigation on dept. sexual misconduct?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “HHS employees given insider information on Medicare Advantage?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”
Donna: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper & Holder all lying to Congress?”
Larry: “No, the other one.”

Donna: Wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-info voters stuck us again with the most corrupt administration in American history?”

Larry: “THAT’S THE ONE!” And yet there are so many more that have come out, and MANY much much worse ones are getting ready to come out.

(Author unknown.)

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