Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Austerity/stimulus revisited

EDITOR: Reference Mr. Alger’s response to my last letter concerning stimulus over austerity in which he complains that I did not list each of the stimulus programs.

Mr. Alger, I could have gone back and tracked each of the $435 billion stimulus programs, but chose not to do so as you are not worth the effort — you would have simply attacked each and every one of them. Despite your rants Mr. Alger, stimulus continues to be the answer, not austerity.

Given your anger over the $435 billion, I’m surprised there is nothing from you about the billions lost to Mr. Cheney’s Halliburton construction company. Dirty water for the troops, and electrocution of our troops in the showers. I won’t mention the ice as this is a family newspaper. Quite a return for our dollars from such a patriotic company, don’t you think?

I can hear a pin drop.


Letters to the Editor


Discussion | 18 comments

  • Paddy O'funitureJanuary 03, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Ever have someone tell you "Hey, look over there" and snatch one of your french fries when you looked? That's what Longhofer is trying to do here. Rather than actually address the fact (fact, mind you) that the stimulus was a dismal failure and yet more wasteful spending, he says "Hey look over there". That worked in high school James, but most of us here are adults ............. BTW, still waiting for you to tell us how George Bush is a war criminal and Obomba is somehow not ...................................................................................................................................................................was that a pin dropping?

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  • DeeJanuary 03, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Paddy, it's crickets chirping.

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  • James E.January 03, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Paddy, Bush is the war criminal (aggressive preemptived war in Iraq -- the ultimate war crime in federal and international law), Obama complicit by not prosecuting, thereby making him an accessory after the fact to Bush's war crime and equally liable. Therefore, Bush/Obama war criminals in my opinion. Remember, the get away driver is guilty of murder as much as the perp who goes into the bank and kills the bank teller. Now, stimulus was so called "dismal failure" because Tea/Republicans had to call it so -- would have been a success had it occurred under Bush. OK, Paddy, we're finished here and I hope the pin didn't drop on you.

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  • James E.January 03, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Be back later -- have an electrician coming over and I have to move stuff out of my basement so he can get to the panel.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 03, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Wow James! Did you admit Obomba was a war criminal too (just trying to clarify)? That's huge for you! Do you need to lie down or anything? After that, I'll just about leave you alone on the stimulus thing. You seem to give him a pass, though, on bombing countries Bush was never involved in. Was he just not "aggressive and preemptive enough"? Hey, be careful in the basement. Lots of creepy crawly things down there that can sneak out and bite you.

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  • James E.January 03, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Paddy, I know you are happy I survived the basement. I try not to spend much time down there. OK, President Obama "bombing" as you say. No war crime there as he is merely engaging in the war against terrorism. You remember President Bush's thought: We know who you are and we are coming for you (you poor buggers, not good to screw with us). And the drones are not war crimes unless the U.S. is specifically targeting civilians. As in we aren't attempting to kill the bad guys, we instead see an large wedding that we want wipe out -- that's the war crime -- targeting civilians. Well, in summation, I know you support the war against terrorism, so guess we can rest now.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 04, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Most delighted that you survived the descent into the basement James. However on the other thing, I hear the sound of hairs splitting. Obomba has bombed more countries than Bush, and was directly complicit in the aggression in Libya, in which the US had no national security interest. If Bush is a war criminal for the Iraq invasion, isn't everyone who supported it complicit? ***"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002. **"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002. "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do". Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002. So my point is that there are evil democrats out there as well, but trying to get libs to admit this is like pulling teeth /sound of pulling teeth/. You say Obomba is guilty only for not prosecuting Bush. By the same standard, Hillary will also be guilty in 2016 when she fails to prosecute Obomba.

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  • James E.January 04, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Paddy, yes the list of complicit is a long one -- Rice, Rumsfeld, senior military officers, top lawyers at DOJ and DOD, Congress types -- how far down to go would depend on the prosecutor, just as they did in Nurnberg. And, if Hillary fails to prosecute she gets on the list too. If you look the other way, you get invited to the party. Of course, this all would only happen if an International Court became involved, so let's not hold our breath.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    . . . . . Lo! . . . . Behold. . . . Having lain dead more than a fortnight a zombie LONGHOFER letter awakens. It Lives. Colonel, impressive!!!

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  • RichardJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Those who suffered from Bush (Derangement Syndrome), "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency the very existence of George Bush, are not the basis for the charges of war crimes against Bush. George W. Bush and certain individuals in his administration are by definition of the word "war criminals", guilty. They started a war of aggression against the sovereign nation of Iraq, despite the opposition of the UN and the world community in general at the cost of thousands of American lives. What was accomplished in Iraq besides the transfer of billions of dollars to a select few, nothing.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    richard says,"What was accomplished in Iraq besides the transfer of billions of dollars to a select few, nothing." - DÍck, 550 metric tons of yellowcake were removed from Iraq = 1,212,542 pounds of yellowcake were removed from Iraq. Yellowcake = 75% uranium = 909,407 pounds of uranium were removed from Iraq. Uranium contains .72% U 235 = 6,548 pounds of U 235 were removed from Iraq. As little as 15 lbs of U 235 are required per bomb = 437 potential nuclear bombs were removed from Iraq.

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  • RichardJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Same old fringe group thinking, from one of a hand full of local discontented non-productive wannabe cowboys who idolize Tom McClintock. Yellow cake can be purchased from a dozen US, Russian, central European and Chinese sources and would not be the reason any sane leader would expend 37 trillion US dollars and thousands of lives on. But of course were talking about a war lead by George W. Bush who is considered by most, including myself, to be the worst President in modern US history. “Mission accomplished."

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Richurd, "$37 trillion"? Either provide some data backing that moronic claim, or please, do your posting here in that little window of time when the whatever you ingested the night before has dissipated as far as it's going to, and when you begin to ingest more for the night ahead. Didn't someone suggest a drug test for posting here???

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  • Obomba's At It AgainJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    LATEST UPDATE: "At least five civilians have been killed in a US assassination drone strike carried out in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar, Press TV reports. Villagers say all the victims were civilians and had no links to any militant group. Kunar which is located near the border with Pakistan has been the scene of frequent US assassination drone attacks. Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are al-Qaeda militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years. The United States also carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of about 100,000 US-led troops". Compliments of Paddy O'furniture

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    DÍck are you saying that yellowcake is used in photography, arts-and-crafts, baking, cosmetics and Easter egg coloring?

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  • RichardJanuary 21, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    NRA sweetheart El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini should submit to a volunteer review by the County Mental Health Director, obviously the stress of his job has pushed him over the top. Additionally, I would recommend a visit by a Senior Services Investigator to determine if the Sheriff is under duress; “Sheriff D’Agostini writes to the Vice President, “The purpose of this letter is to go on record of re-affirming my oath of office and making it clear that I and my staff will never violate [our oath of office] by being pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law or executive order.” I cant imagine the entire EDC Sheriffs Department is against the proposed efforts to control gun violence. I guess when the Sheriff comes up for re-election it will be time for a more responible individual to take the reins of the EDC Sheriffs Department.

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  • The LawJanuary 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    The sheriff actual powers to defy federal law are limited. And much of the impassioned rhetoric amounts to political posturing until – and if – Congress acts.

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  • Pres. Obama"s 23 executive orders.January 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

    National Sheriff Assoc President : Some folks say they don’t want President Obama’s 23 executive orders; they say they don't matter. But I would say if it deals with a concealed weapon that is carried unlawfully – “while some criminals are going to continue to do so -- if we don't make it unlawful, there's nothing we can do about it if we catch them."

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