Blame Bush and Cheney for oil disaster
What President Barack Obama should have said:
“My fellow Americans, ten years ago, you elected – with the help of five justices of the Supreme Court – two old oil men to be president and vice-president, men whose only values are trashing the planet as much as necessary to get rich(er) by pumping oil. You will recall that Vice President Cheney then held closed-door meetings with executives of energy corporations to set national energy policy, without any consideration of environmental concerns.
“Furthermore, Bush and Cheney allowed the government office that should have regulated the oil industry to become totally corrupt and ineffective. We now know that the emergency response plans of BP and other petroleum companies are totally unrealistic fabrications.
“Although I have placed intelligent men and women of good will in key government positions since taking office, I could not know about all the problems left by the previous administration. (Notice that one of them was the near total destruction of our financial system in the name of corporate greed.) We are neither magicians nor mind-readers.
“I admit that we should have held BP’s feet to the fire more strongly and much earlier, but the gulf disaster is still a problem that only engineers can handle. The government cannot. Mummy and Daddy cannot fix every hurt. Neither can the government. Please grow up and have reasonable expectations for what we can accomplish. We are determined to clean up the mess. And be careful who you vote for next time.”
BURTON S. GUTTMAN, Olympia
We're headed down the wrong path
It is something no one makes a comparison to, and yet when a nation begins down the road of a dangerous past which has happened, it must be remembered.
The Arizona law basically says law enforcement officers may pull over anyone who looks Hispanic and ask to see their papers just as the Nazis did back in the 1930s. And there are now pushes for whitening of classrooms in Arizona as well as not allowing citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
Polls have recently shown that Americans support the Arizona bill, with a common-theme belief that illegal immigrants are taking their jobs. This is misplaced anger, in the same way German citizens shared so much rage following failed policies stemming from World War I.
Their economy was terrible, and a movement began to remove everyone who didn’t look the way they wanted them to, because rather than accept that their leaders made a mistake in overextending their resources in a war (and in our case also giving tax cuts to the rich), they pointed fingers at everyone else for their own mistakes.
The rest is history. One angry radical sounded sensible by appealing to the German peoples’ rage and the country became completely polarized.
This type of racist fearinduced profiling goes against the foundations of our country and is the kind of thing we fought against in World War II.
We need to find our country’s soul again, and it is not down this dark, dangerous, cowardly road.
This is wrong.
JONATHAN AMMONS, Olympia
How many times do we throw the bums out?
We hear a lot these days from citizens who want to throw the bums out by voting for the opposing political party.
I wonder if they have really given thought to the effectiveness of their plan.
One of the biggest setbacks of our era is the two-party system. Whichever party is in power, the other party makes it their primary focus to stall, accuse, antagonize, belittle and hate them. Very little regard is given to the people they represent or the current crisis at hand.
It’s all about the party. Their energies go into fighting the other party rather than working to repair our broken nation. If you think your party doesn’t do this then you need take a closer and perhaps more honest look.
Voting for the other party does nothing but flip-flop the “bums.”
This country is never going to heal itself until the voters strip away these two parties completely and vote in candidates who have no affiliation with any party, person or corporation and are free to actually represent the people.
How many times have we voted some new, fresh and uncorrupted candidate into office only to have them stymied until they agree to play ball with the good ol’ boys and stop meddling with the status quo.I do not believe our usual housecleaning is in the best interest of our country. We need to build a new house – from the ground up.
Vote smart, not angry.
JANIS STEVENSON, Tumwater