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A commander in chief first
I dare say, the U.S. military could very well be the most successful entity in the modern world. Bottom line, the U.S. military is full of aggressive, intelligent, disciplined and highly motivated people who are given the task of protecting the citizens of America. This is not a job for the mild, or someone who vacillates, as the importance of his or her tasks are ultimately always about “life and death.” Soldiers are men and women who are either training to fight or, in fact, fighting and their job is to destroy the enemy. Now for some, that might sound scary; I understand that, and it’s OK that not everyone is military material.
The reason I say this is we are at war with radical Islamists whether the Democratic Party understands this or not, and we as Americans need to support all battles and phases of the military for our own future. Every one of those service members deserves nothing less.
In November, if we elect a commander in chief who does not comprehend American soldiers, and share their same priority of destroying the enemy, we Americans will run the risk of depleting our military of the finest warriors in a time when we need them most. At the very least, we need to elect them a commander in chief who understands them and their environment and will continue their success. If the Democratic Party had a candidate who understood our military and the threat they are fighting, I would not have written this. Please, as a voter, before you vote, understand, this is a global war and Iraq is only one of many future battlegrounds.
McCain would burden taxpayers
Along with the 100-year war in Iraq, the John McCain platform promises to make the upper-bracket tax cuts permanent after he is elected president. The upper-bracket tax cuts were financed with borrowed money, to the tune of $400 billion per year for seven years and counting. After McCain makes these upper-bracket tax cuts permanent, it ensures that the Bush deficits will be repaid by the middle-bracket taxpayers and their children and grandchildren, who did not get a tax cut during the Bush years, nor did they get to participate in the seven-year Republican orgy of spend, borrow and steal.
By the time the upper-bracket tax cuts are made permanent, McCain will have completed history’s largest transfer of wealth from the pockets of middle-bracket taxpayers into the pockets of upper-bracket taxpayers. It remains to be seen whether this social engineering in reverse will be of any long-term benefit to the U.S. economy, although the economy hasn’t benefited particularly well so far.
This reverse social engineering will make it easier for John McCain to raise large amounts of money from grateful sources, and it is reasonable to assume that those donors may expect something in return down the road, also on the backs of the middle-class taxpayers. McCain has already prostituted himself and sealed the deal with a full-body hug of George Bush.
Let world take care of itself
Today the U.S. is in a recession. Jobs and businesses are being lost to foreign investors. Illegal immigrants are a major problem. The U.S.’s debt is almost beyond our ability to pay. Services including Social Security are being considered or have been cancelled. The reputation of the U.S. worldwide is mainly negative. The value of the dollar has taken a huge hit, making us vulnerable for foreign acquisitions.
The solution: We should discontinue being the world’s policeman. Let China, Russia, Japan, the Mideast, etc., build their own economy and do not worry about protecting every part of the Earth’s population or its governments and their filthy rich corporate overseas investments.
We should not only bring our solders home from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the total of more than a half-million servicemen deployed overseas. This total does not include the families and civil workers who are supported by our tax dollars.
More than a half-million of our servicemen and their families support economies that have zero effect for our economic benefit. Bring them home and, with the reduction in costs overseas, build military forts on the Mexican borders, and give them the mission to protect our borders. Their paychecks will then be spent in the U.S. The budget could be balanced, and debt brought in line unless politically misused. Our own money and purchases would rescue us from a recession.
More competition would cut costs
Dr. Tom Patterson’s continued ranting that the health system as we know it is not really broken but users should just pay directly for the doctor’s bills (Opinion 2, March 10), seems to ignore what really could be done to make the system better and cheaper for the patient.
The medical profession should stop limiting entry into the health care field. Entry into medical school and nursing school is strictly controlled. This self-created shortage of doctors and nurses drives up salaries for these professionals. It is supply and demand. More doctors practicing would decrease the cost to patients.
By controlling access to drugs through the requirement of prescriptions, doctors make patients come see them much more than necessary. Many basic prescriptions could go over the counter. This would reduce cost to patients and the drug would become cheaper.
Some doctors clearly admit they call for more tests than necessary and use high-tech devices more than they should. Doctors need to pay for all the tools they buy for their practice.
If you are an established patient of a practice, why are doctors not allowed to use the Internet to consult with you? Easy answer. They could not charge for an office visit for most of the small things that require doctor visits. Who wants to charge $20 for an Internet contact when you can get $100 or more for an office visit?
Yes, medical costs could be reduced for the patient. At least some of the reduction would be to the lifestyle of the healer.
Cares about others
Peter J. O’Malley (Letters, March 16) sounds like a confused individual, or perhaps he was just watching a different news conference than I did. I saw Brett Favre’s retirement press conference on TV and while I did see tears, they appeared to me to be tears of sadness from a man who was saying goodbye to something he really, truly loved — the game of professional football. I somehow missed the part where Favre shed tears out of his “unmatched self-love.”
While it is true that orphans in Iraq and falling morality are serious issues, let’s not forget that football is a game. Mixing professional football and world issues is just silly. Unless, of course, you are Brett Favre. Thirteen years ago, he founded the Brett Favre Foundation, which has mission is to provide aid to disadvantaged or disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi. The Brett Favre Foundation supports Special Olympics, Make a Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs and Gaits To Success, to name a few. Let’s not forget that many professional athletes from all sports are active in charities such as these, giving back with their money and their time to the public that made them famous and rich.
So when we stop to consider the “abandoned, diseased, forlorn and pathological misfits of society,” let’s not forget the Brett Favres of the professional sports world who do, in fact, take world issues and the well-being of mankind and especially our youth to heart.
Stephen A. Flood