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Updated: April 21, 2013 6:03AM



Conservatives play fast and loose with facts, numbers

I love the way conservatives jiggle the facts to suit their pet theories and beliefs. They will even tell partial facts to spin things so they look different. When that fails, they attack the person who disagrees with them.

One good example is when conservatives say the national debt is larger under Obama than Bush. This is correct but they fail to say why! This is because a little over half is just paying the interest on the debts Bush left Obama to pay — bills the GOP in Congress approved under Bush. Then we have the two wars Bush left to Obama to fight and pay for. The actual increase in the debt by Obama is not the mythical $5 trillion but actually $400 billion, and that’s in conjunction with the GOP in Congress. Obama has spent less than any president since Eisenhower.

If the GOP in Congress would stop their obstructionism — they have blocked 241 of Obama’s job-creating bills alone — we would be in better shape. No, the GOP refuses to stop corporate welfare, welfare for the rich, outsourcing of American jobs overseas and stopping overseas tax havens for the wealthy. Instead, they want the average American to bear the brunt of their blank-check spending. Eisenhower was the last real GOP president. He taxed the rich at 85 percent to 95 percent and paid off a lot of the national debt. St. Reagan taxed the rich at about 50 percent, yet these GOP yahoos today think the wealthy should get away paying much less, and wonder why the debts are mounting.

To argue with a conservative who hates Obama and is indoctrinated by the GOP/Koch Brothers/Fox Noise machine is like arguing with a religious fanatic. They only hear what they want to hear, and cannot understand their blind support of the GOP is hurting the country and themselves. The GOP is afraid Obama will succeed and so block him at every turn, even if it means perpetuating their ruination of the country under Bush. The GOP/teabillies are fast becoming extinct as Americans wake up and see what is really happening. The contrast in the approval rating of Congress (14 percent) and the approval rating of Obama (52 percent) bears this out.

David D. Casson

Valparaiso

Hard to evaluate pope, glad Church is getting a new one

Regarding the letter from Paul Kokoski regarding Pope Benedict, it is extremely difficult to critique a pope. Any and all opinions are likely to be emotionally evaluated by supporters and nonsupporters alike. Let me just say that Pope Benedict made bad situations worse and he was very selective about issues he cared about.

By any standards outside of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church is a total mess and getting worse by the day.

Pope Benedict was not an evil man, but he sure did not walk on water as Mr. Kokoski suggests.

Personally, I am glad he is gone.

Stanley Holmes

Winfield



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