Don’t fall for lies
I sincerely hope the voters of San Luis Obispo County do not fall for the lies Karl Rove has concocted in his grassroots political strategies television ads currently running against Rep. Lois Capps.
Here we are, 14 months before an election, and Rove and his fellow Republican hypocrites are trying to demonize Rep. Capps, concerning government spending. Any person of average intelligence knows it was Rove and his stooge George W. Bush who ran up the debt, crashed the financial structure of our country and destroyed our economy. The hypocrisy of the Republicans knows no bounds.
The voters need to use their heads and vote for people who represent their interests, like Capps, and not act as guardians of the rich and corporate America. Let’s take back our country from the “economic royalists” President Roosevelt warned us against when I was a boy.
John R. Hemming
No on A and B
Christine Mulholland’s Aug. 1 letter siding with fellow “Republicrats” supporting measures A and B accentuates their elitist views. Her assertion that the Police Officers Association and firefighters consider themselves above other city employees is absurd. If she wants “fairness and equity,” then give binding arbitration to all employees.
Why are all of the current and past council members afraid of the scrutiny of a nonpartisan, independent arbitrator into city financial affairs? Why are these elected officials afraid of “fair and equitable” contract negotiations?
Now that they have scrapped millions of dollars in services to bring us to only a $4 million annual deficit, the POA award looks larger in comparison.
The fact remains that the city could afford the award when it was made. If they can prove we can’t now, let’s have an independent arbitrator verify it.
Vote no on measures A and B!
San Luis Obispo
This is a sad, sad day for America. The massive spending cuts of this debt-ceiling deal will mean thousands of jobs lost, not gained.
Consumer spending will continue to decline, trashing the economy. The poor, elderly and disabled will sink further into poverty, losing what little health care they have with the inevitable cuts to the social safety net. The income gap will widen as the rich get richer; they are insulated from a crashed U.S. economy, as they can simply develop markets elsewhere.
What is most disheartening, though, is the spinelessness, in the face of right-wing extremism, of supposed Democrats like President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, along with all the Democrats who voted for this package.
They are ignoring the voice of the people.
What do we need Democrats for, if the Republicans always get their way? This vote was another nail in the coffin of democracy.
Kevin McCarthy, my congressional representative — elected without my vote — is backing an appropriations bill that has been loaded with more the 70 anti-environmental riders that would bar the regulation of mountaintop removal coal mining, relieve the oil industry of having to pay for safety inspections of their offshore rigs, put uranium mines next to the Grand Canyon National Park and essentially put the Environmental Protection Agency out of business. And that’s just for starters.
A disgusted Henry Waxman — who, I’m sorry to say, I can’t vote for — said “the new Republican majority seems intent on restoring the robber-baron era where there were no controls on pollution from power plants, oil refineries and factories,” in an article titled “Republicans Seek Big Cuts in Environmental Rules” in the New York Times on July 27. Perhaps, The Tribune could ask McCarthy to explain his support for this bill, HR 2584, and its astonishing provisions that attack the environment and our health.