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What about us?

Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at 1:43 PM

Are the rights of tax-paying, responsible American citizens and their economic wellbeing compromized to a critical extent while our federal government is supposedly trying to make life better for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Do you sometimes feel as if you come in second or even third at this point in time in your government's priorities?

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Electing representatives who answer to their promoters seems to be giving us a government controlled by rich corporations with very little concern for anybody who won't help them make more money.

-- Posted by genewells on Mon, Dec 28, 2009, at 9:40 PM

There is a definite advantage to trade agreements. But when you honor said agreements to the point that it gives others more power in the U.S. than it's own voters are privilege to, then it is a problem.

I imagine that our leaders attempt to appease only those who matter most, not their constituency, but the domestic and foregin powers that funnel the most money into their campaigns.

-- Posted by TubeSock on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 1:49 PM

No, we do not have to pay farmers not to farm, or to have trade agreements that benefit no one except the massive merchants and the speculators, but it keeps the prices stable (high). We do not have to send "aid" to nations whose citizens do not benefit from it, but it keeps markets open and the tribute flowing in to those who extract it.

It is not the objective to "play nice". It is the objective to gain and retain advantage over the masses both here and abroad. I imagine that our leaders attempt to appease only those who matter, their true constituency, regardless of nationality.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 5:11 PM


-- Posted by backat ya on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 4:45 AM

It isn't just about Iraq and Afghanistan. Americans, and the middle class especially, are continuously playing second fiddle to foreign charities and entitlements. There is no reason to have our own citizens starving in the streets, all the while sending billions in aid to countries whose citizens will most likely never see any of it.

There is no reason that farmers are paid to not grow wheat because we have trade agreements with foreign countries. This ties in with the above sentiment. We are paying twice over. If our government is dead set on supplying aid to the world, while simultaneously honoring a trade agreement which puts our farmers under its thumb, why not send the tons of wheat and corn that could be grown on our own soil instead of currency that will fall into the hands of the corrupt leaders abroad?

Last year, both campaings ran on the statement that they would institute a "Buy American" ideology into their offices. Then, when foreign trade partners began complaining that such measures would devistate their own economies, both reneged on their statements. Our own countrymen are sold out on a daily basis so that we may play nice with the rest of the world.

Of course we are compromised. It is not a Republican or a Democrat compromise. It isn't about Bush taking to one country or the other. It is about our own leaders trying to appease everyone that has a hand out, unless it belongs to an American.

-- Posted by TubeSock on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 1:40 PM

I definatly noticed the Standard of Living in America was being compromised after Former President Bush sent troops over to Iraq

and Afghanistan.Prices went up on everything and It was getting harder and harder to make ends meet.

Then I heard from several sources that a Stable Iraq made America Safer and The troops were there

in Afghanistan to take out the Taliban.

I guess now the answer is to weigh which is a worst threat,Terriorist or Economic collapse.

It seems to be in the hand of God Now.

I can only pray for the Troops there and that the Government will make the right decisions for all Americans.

-- Posted by Butterfly43 on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Good point Quietmike! Even though I do believe we need some programs to help those who really are trying to make ends meet but still struggle(senior citizens, single parents with a job, laid off workers), too many times we help those who don't want to help themselves and we create generations of individuals who believe and live a life of entitlement.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 7:29 AM

Couldn't agree with you more quietmike. You know they also get cell phones now.

I fear we won't have a country in the next 5 - 10 years. It won't be at the hands of any terrorists either.

We are just tax payers. Nothing more. Citizens, no no no, income. That's all we are.

-- Posted by Average_Joe on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 10:20 PM

I'm not worried so much about the spending in Iraq and Afghanistan as I am the spending for domestic "entitlement" programs, as our social programs make up a much larger portion of our budget, and breeds generations of dependency.

-- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 6:31 PM

Yep as a middle class citizen oh yeah, i don't qualify for anything... I just have to help everyone else out while i work my bumm off.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 5:57 PM

Definitely . . . and especially if you are a middle class American. The government seems more interested in helping everyone else but you.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 2:48 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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