Obama opposed Bush’s court nominees
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and that also applies to Supreme Court nominees.
What is amazing to me is those politicians and their media pundits who had no problem trashing President George W. Bush’s nominees (John Roberts and Samuel Alito) are now demanding support and quick confirmation for President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
President Obama’s spokesman is telling those who might criticize or challenge her that they need to “watch their mouth.”
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We hear about her compelling story. Is it a more compelling story than that of Justice Clarence Thomas? I don’t think so.
We saw how the Democrats tried to destroy him.
Recently President Obama basically demanded his nominee be confirmed, saying he “hopes we can avoid political posturing.” That’s exactly what he and his party have done all along.
So how did President Obama and his fellow Democrats treat President George Bush’s nominees? Does anyone remember Justice Alito’s wife leaving the room in tears because of the rude treatment given her husband at the hands of the Democrats?
During the Alito confirmation, three Democrats out of 44 voted yes. It was a little better with Roberts, who received 22 out of 44.
How did then Sen. Barack Obama vote?
“No” on both counts.
Now he expects Republican support? Well, I say what goes around comes around.
Jack T. Moore
Hold members of Congress accountable
The only people who are not suffering in this nation’s financial mess are the ones who caused it – members of Congress.
Who among them has not accepted thousands of dollars of campaign donations from the banking lobby?
Both President Barack Obama and John McCain, while running for president, accepted tens of thousands of dollars from AIG.
Members of Congress only care about two things: collecting campaign donations and getting re-elected.
Once again, members of Congress gave themselves another $3,700 pay raise. They will make $170,000.
How many of you in this economic downturn received a pay raise? The public should demand Congress give back, like the bonuses AIG executives received.
Members of Congress should receive no pay raises for their poor job performance. Members of Congress should receive no free tax preparation. Congressional staffs should be reduced from 16 to 13 and office budgets reduced to $850,000.
Drop the fleet of Air Force jets and let Congress fly like the general public and pay for the ticket.
Members of Congress should have to pay full price for their meals in the House cafeteria. Members of Congress should be held accountable for this nation’s economic mess and should be required to give back.
The items mentioned would generate a yearly savings exceeding $35 million for taxpayers.
Hold all elected officials accountable.
Don’t judge special-needs children
I write in response to the letter, “No one speaks for me” by Prudence Perry.
Perry is frustrated that her child’s class is disrupted by a special-needs classmate. She is looking at the glass half empty and here’s why: Obviously she has a child without special needs, for that alone she should be appreciative.
Appreciate that her child isn’t the one being stared at, taunted or talked about negatively.
Thankful that her dreams for her child weren’t evaporated by a devastating diagnosis.
Grateful that her child is healthy and doesn’t need a dozen medications just to participate in life.
I’m sure the parents of that special-needs child are absolutely thrilled that their child qualifies to be in a mainstream classroom. I know I would be.
My son is in a developmental disability classroom. Many days in his class are filled with screaming, shouting and tantrums from his peers.
Sometimes my son cries inconsolably at school due to outbursts in his classroom. It’s a harsh reality for us, but I send him to school because he enjoys his friends. They do not judge him. They accept him just as he is and he accepts them.
Perhaps Perry should try looking at the glass half full – count herself and her child lucky and try to learn something from this special classmate.
Perry should not feel sorry for a special-needs kid. I guarantee that no one feels sorry for her child.
Who is running this country?
We must hold President Barack Obama to his word concerning Iraq’s occupation!
We elected him with these issues in mind and they are, whether he knows it or not, his mandate from the people.
So where does this Gen. George Casey come into the picture? Has our democratic government been taken over by the military? Gen. Casey is now our commander in chief?
Unfortunately, this shows just how much of the power running this government has been taken by the military due to the strengths of past presidents, the natural tendency of the military to usurp power, and the bribing of all of our elected senators and representatives
Get Casey out of there – right now.
William W. Haywood