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Letters to the editor

Friday, November 23, 2012 - 12:01 am

Majority not ruling

I was reading a letter that was published in one of our local newspapers asking the question, “I am afraid to tell the truth anymore and I wonder why?” Well, I would like to offer some reasons why this might be true.

We can’t tell what is truth from what is false any longer. It used to be that if it was printed in the newspapers or on radio broadcasts, it was probably true. Today, we have the likes of Chris Mathews, David Letterman, Bill Maher, women of “The View,” and it goes on and on and on where most Americans get their news and believe what is presented as fact as opposed to opinion.

No matter how many times Americans go to the polls and express an opinion about social issues such as abortion, homosexuality, traditional marriage and using Judeo-Christian values in our schools, their voices are effectively silenced by the threat of either lawsuits or political activist judges. Nine judges of the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision decided that Obamacare was to be the law of this land in spite of millions of people saying no. Let’s not have that issue voted on by the Supreme Court. Let’s have the majority make that decision.

Recently in Fort Wayne, one couple decided that a man (who happened to be a youth pastor) talking with youth in a lunch room, was a violation of the Constitution. So what was the outcome? The couple went to the ACLU, threatened a lawsuit against the schools, and the schools capitulated and told the man he wasn’t welcome to come back. Now, I must ask how can one couple decide what is in the best interest of the entire SACS?

I am concerned that in a country of 310 million people, the bias and prejudice of less than 10 percent of the total population is dictating the rules and regulations to the rest of us, and they are using the judicial system as the primary weapon.

Just as medical tort reform must be addressed in this country as a means of controlling health care costs, there must be some way to discourage, without suppressing free speech, these frivolous lawsuits resulting in changing America to a country I no longer recognize, want or like.

Judy Ross

America is plutocracy

America is a plutocracy again — a government controlled by the wealthy.

In 2005, Agay Kapur, global strategist at Citigroup coined the term “plutonomy” (plutocratic economy) in an internal report to describe any country with massive inequality of income and wealth. If you don’t make at least $200,000 a year, you don’t count to Wall Street.

The wealthiest 1 percent now controls more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Income for the super-wealthy has boomed while income for most others is stagnant. For more than 30 years, tax and trade laws have favored large global corporations and the super-wealthy at the expense of other businesses and citizens.

World War I left the U.S. with high taxes and a huge debt. Treasury Secretary Mellon argued that tax rates on the wealthy were class warfare, socialist, oppressive and punished success. He argued that tax cuts for the rich would create many good-paying jobs and that tax cuts for all would increase revenue. Problem solved!

President Coolidge signed the Revenue Act of 1926 that sharply reduced taxes. Most money gushed to the top among a few. Bankers and brokers formed pools, sold securities among themselves to drive up prices and sold their stock at inflated values. The number of new millionaires multiplied rapidly, but the promised new jobs never appeared. Wall Street crashed, and then the country sank into the Great Depression. Mellon assured the country the depression would quickly run its course. It did not.

Here the Republicans go again, preaching the Gospel according to Andrew Mellon! Groucho Marx described them when he said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

Cephas Williamson