Letters to the Editor

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Tag: obama

July
13th

ELECTION: Who is really the honest one?

Re: “Does honesty make any difference?” (letter, 7-12).

How a single subject can guide some through life is beyond me. But the story about the Benghazi attack has so consumed some on the right that not even the House Intelligence Committee (HIC) led by Republicans can convince those so consumed by ideology that it happened as reported by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the CIA and then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and as reported to the people by President Obama.

One only has to read the report from HIC Chairman Mike Rogers, a staunch Republican and adversary of the

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July
7th

ELECTION: Does honesty make any difference?

If I asked people whether they would vote for a dishonest politician, I’m sure they would say absolutely not. Yet millions of Democrats are willing to vote for Hillary Clinton when she played a role in President Obama’s Benghazi cover-up, which was essentially a lie.

We already know Barack Obama hasn’t been truthful with the American people. Remember the shovel-ready jobs, the promise that you could keep your health care plan and al-Qaida is on the run? All untrue.

In the case of Benghazi, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told the president within hours that the attack was in fact

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June
26th

TRADE: Retailers appreciate legislators’ support

Thanks to South Sound Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, for their recent votes to grant President Obama authority to negotiate international trade agreements that would benefit our state.

The Washington Retail Association and many of our members rely on robust trade as an engine of economic growth and job creation. Trade Promotion Authority policy creates a partnership of the president and Congress seeking to lower tariffs and eliminate barriers to growing U.S. trade prospects. TPA will allow the U.S. to demand high standards and transparency from our trading partners.

Forty percent of Washington state jobs depend upon the

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June
2nd

MIDEAST: Do nothing about the Islamic State

Re: “What would Republicans do about Islamic State?” (Eugene Robinson column, 6-2).

Robinson almost endorses Rand Paul’s noninterventionist foreign policy, but hesitates, indicating: “If by some chance Paul were to end up as president, he’d have to decide what to do (about the Islamic State). He hasn’t really told us what that might be.”

Why does the U.S. president have to decide what to do about the IS?

The Iranians, who are Shiite, are already throwing bombs at the Sunni group IS, as is Syrian President Assad – all of which makes it hard for the U.S. to organize the

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May
27th

IRAQ: A black eye for Obama’s legacy

Any blunt assessment of the mess in the Middle East leaves Barack Obama’s legacy with a black eye.

Of course, on the other side of the aisle are chicken hawks clamoring to send in more troops to bolster their fantasy of a democratic Iraq – and the trillion-plus we spent for the Bush war made it a costly fantasy. So, like Mississippi does for the bottom of any state ranking, Obama can count on history to keep W. between him and the very bottom of presidential failures.

We now see Iraq as it should have been seen before we decided

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May
26th

JOBS: Democrats have better job-creation records

Re: “Liberals lost the ‘War on Poverty’” (letter, 5-26).

The writer’s implied assertion is that conservatives are better qualified to eliminate poverty because they can create more jobs. Let’s look at the record.

Starting with Dwight Eisenhower, there have been six Republican presidents. The only one to have a sterling showing was Ronald Reagan. During his eight years, 16 million jobs were created. Richard Nixon was second, with 9.4 million. Both George W. Bush and his dad fell far short, with 3 million and 2.5 million respectively. Only 3.5 million jobs were created under Eisenhower.

Democrats have done much better.

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May
11th

SPEECH: Columnist’s criticism is misplaced

Re: “Freedom of speech sullied and abused” (Kathleen Parker column, 5-11).

The founders of our republic plowed and tilled the basis of our freedom, naming freedom of speech in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Self-righteous commentators like Kathleen Parker have “piddled, twiddled and resolved” to avoid the most difficult aspects of seeding its defense by attacking supposed provocateurs like Pam Geller.

Among the exceptions to freedom of speech, Parker is probably referencing “imminent lawless actions,” which refers to U.S. law, not religious dogma or foreign law.

The “Piss Christ” photograph (1987) which spawned at least 68

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May
7th

LIBERALS: They clean up conservatives’ messes

Re: “Liberals: How about an apology for failures?” (letter, 5-6).

Don’t blame liberals for trying to fix an economic mess conservatives caused. Most economists contend the problem with the stimulus was that it wasn’t big enough.

Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats got us out of the Depression by enacting big projects like electrifying the country, which set the stage for manufacturing jobs creating devices that made life easier. Later, huge highway projects moved commerce. Obama was stopped of all such efforts by Republicans.

Obamacare is a life-saver to millions. If we didn’t spend 43 cents of every tax dollar

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