Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

McClintock’s letter

EDITOR:

I write in response to the letter of Rep. Tom McClintock. With all due respect, sir, can we please stick to the facts? When Bill Clinton left office, the U.S. government was operating at a surplus. It was George Bush and the lock-step Republican Congress who put two wars, a prescription drug boondoggle and two tax decreases for the wealthiest Americans onto the nation’s credit card. He — and they — incurred and implemented the largest increase in spending, growth of government and the national debt during any modern administration.

It is the continuing and snowballing costs of these tragic mistakes which have created the bedrock of the stubborn deficit and national debt that those same politicians now try to pin on Barack Obama, who has steadily decreased the rate of growth of both, while shrinking government for the first time in a decade.

For McClintock to say “…this administration has added more to the debt than our nation acquired in its first 200 years” although endlessly repeated is patently untrue and misleading. We are all now enduring the hangover caused by his party’s eight years of government bloating and deficit spending binge drinking. The somewhat cynical born-again conversion to teetotalling fiscal responsibility is one thing, but not all of our memories were blacked out at your eight-year party. Let’s tell the truth, Mr. McClintock: The policies of Barack Obama have added nothing to the Republican deficit or debt.

CHARLES WEST
Cameron Park

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  • Dink LaneMarch 27, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    I stood in front of Mr. McClintock at one of his Townhall meetings and asked: "Why do you continue to vote AGAINST any bill that would STOP Oil Subsidies?" (6 times by then...more now)...... McClintock said...."Corporations should NOT pay income tax."...... Since then McClintock Voted AGAINST changes to the "Overseas" tax breaks.... And just LAST week voted to KEEP the "Obamacare" charges....but block us from getting any benefits from that health care bill....... He wanted the Government to KEEP "collecting" the money out of our pockets.... but NOT Corporations....... Abraham Lincoln said on Dec. 3, 1861: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital... Labor deserves much higher consideration.".... We now live in a society that delegates for CORPORATIONS and the public are second class citizens.... The Roman Empire warned their citizens about that..... and look where they are.... Are we out to destroy this country at the mercy of Legislators who fight for Aristocratic-Corporations?

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  • John SavageApril 01, 2013 - 8:22 am

    All of these elephant tears over our national debt are laughable. Don't like debt? Then don't run up the deficit! Watch out Charles and Dink, the personal attacks are coming!

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  • 1036-FrankApril 01, 2013 - 8:34 am

    I can only imagine that if his opponent had been elected, Charlie Brown, the veteran who lied he was not out protesting against our vets until a picture of him was produced, what lockstep liberal garbage he would be spouting from more taxes to new gun control for the law abiding and nothing proposed for the armed felon and criminal's use of guns. These liberals forget their hero the Bummer loves corporations like NBC and makes sure they pay no income tax. Time to direct your letters to the Bummer to tax all of them, where's the proposal? Same as his failure in securing the border and failure to enforce laws and his exploding national debt, not to mention his redistribution tax plans, and the new 3.8% home sales ownership tax to pay for "free" healthcare. The most dangerous by far though, is the dumbing down of millions of people for the new "Bummer's America", many by chronic drug abuse, and the train wreck coming for shifting 50 million from work to welfare, the cancellation of welfare to work, and the millions more shifted to SSI, this shifting of people to Govt. dependency is the real Bummer's legacy, this is an entire disappeared former workforce and loss of taxpayers which will be the liberal's legacy and their reason to grant amnesty, to replace U.S. resident workers shifted to welfare programs.

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  • Jack MartinApril 01, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Mr West does a brilliantly deceptive job of structuring his comparison of Bush vs Obama. First of all, he is correct in lambasting Bush for his reckless spending and I hope it provides proof to anyone who doubts that Bush was NEVER a conservative. But note how he paints the deficit and debt picture for Obama's tenure: "decreased the rate of growth." Well played, Mr West, but you don't fool me. The elephant in the room when discussing the deficit is the fact that the taxes being collected for Obamacare began last year, while the paying out of benefits (predicted by experts to be in the hundreds of billions) doesn't begin in earnest until 2014. That's why the so-called rate of growth of the deficit appears to be diminishing. Watch that vanish next year. The real solution in all this is for our fiscally responsible President to simply get out of the way of our economy and let it recover. But he can't do that. All his Keynesian/Socialist handlers and voting base won't allow for that. If you want to dig into the nuts and bolts of the budget, deficit and debt, here's a place to do some light reading: http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/federal_deficit

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  • Ernie LouisApril 01, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    We all have versions of past and present events. We can only guess the future and fear the predictions of others. If we don’t know “the facts” of the past, we are sure to re-live past mistakes. Our only hope is TRANSPARACY AND ACCOUNTYABLY. Ernie Louis

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  • kggApril 02, 2013 - 8:27 am

    i would really like to know why conservative politicans like congressman mcclintock think it is just fine for middle income folks to pay taxes but not corporations and upper income folks.

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  • James E.April 02, 2013 - 9:04 am

    kgg, because he gets checks from corporations and upper income folks?????

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  • 1036-FrankApril 02, 2013 - 11:14 am

    The fact is Bummer and the leftists don't want to tax corporations like his friends at NBC/Comcast, Google, etc. Doesn't have anything to do with "conservatives" it has to do with who has "Wealth, Power, and Greed." Corporations are huge donors to the liberals so don't look for them to be taxed anytime soon. I do know that soon there will be numerous trips on Air Force 1 and 2, costing tax payers more millions, to the islands to look for a multimillion dollar "retirement" estate with an ocean view and all of the perks an elite taxpayer funded lifestyle buys that goes to corrupt leftist politicians everywhere they are found, they have done a wonderful job in every city they run, like Stockton,Detroit, Chicago and Washington D.C. nice and safe cities. They also will tell you they "feel" your pain when you pay your ever rising taxes, soon private employers everywhere are going to cut employees to under 50 and under 30 hours a week to avoid the Bummer-Care nightmare. Then there are many waiting for the liberals wake-up call when they sell their houses and take 3800.00 per 100,000 and mail it in to the Bummer, be sure to thank him for his "free" healthcare. And while writing the new leftist redistribution check they will still be whining about the untaxed oil companies.

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  • James E.April 02, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    1036-Frank. Corporations are not stupid, they contribute to both Republicans and Democrats. And of course, there are no corrupt rightest politicians, only those on the left. How could one party be so pure while the other is so corrupt?

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  • wideawakeApril 02, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    The Bush years nearly killed America. 2 Wars with NOTHING to show for it. (Well I guess a 600 million dollar embassy in Baghdad is pretty freaking awesome.) Thousands of US lives lost. This regime was guilty of war crimes, crimes against its citizens, crimes against humanity. And everyone KNOWS it. The dumba$$ neocons know it too, I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to how the Bush presidencies were successful. Anyone? Please enlighten me, because in my world travels, the one unifying chorus of voices I hear equates Bush with the devil! Ask yourself this neonuts; were you better off when Bush left office than you were when he took office? NO you were not. No way. It must kill you to the core that history will remember Bushie as one of the worst presidents ever, and Obama as one of the best. My dead uncle worked on the high steel at the World Trade Center, and if he were alive today, he would denounce BUSH and MOVE FORWARD with OBAMA.

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  • 1036-FrankApril 02, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Keep smoking and keep toking maybe drugs will be legal under the Bummer next so your delusions can continue, Bush left in 2008 remember? Yet liberals I guess will blame him until the next decade. Bush's employment numbers were about a 5% unemployment figure, not near 20%, gas was well under 3.00 a gallon, not near 5.00. Bush faced the explosion of terrorism and 911 and had to strike back thanks to liberals ignoring it for years, along with a Wall Street meltdown post 911. Bush's figures would be a dream for the Bummer's gang of leftists but they do make a great smoke screen. Bummer is the one who shifted 50 million to welfare and untold millions to SSI, failed to secure the border, failed to enforce the law and now is talking amnesty for millions of illegals causing a huge influx of illegals. Not to mention his trillions in new debt and the Bummer-Care taxes. Put the pipe down for a few hours.

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