N.C. Sen. Burrs vote on
vet jobs bill was cowardly
As a U.S. citizen, I am appalled at the filibuster vote cast by Sen. Richard Burr to block the Veterans Jobs Corps bill from passing purely for political purposes.
This bipartisan bill was needed now to aid our returning vets to get jobs now. When Burr proposed his own set of provisions, they were folded into the bill.
Burrs final vote was a treasonous and cowardly act which wont be forgotten. Clearly, honoring the service of these brave heroes is just lip service for Burr. North Carolinians should denounce this coward.
Palo Cedro, Calif.
Vet bill wasnt needed; we already have similar programs
The Obama propaganda blaming Republicans for blocking the veterans employment bill is in full swing.
We already have five veterans programs. This one was unfunded and business clueless.
We need to cost effectively combine all veterans programs under one roof with accountability for performance instead of spending.
Business isnt going to hire a veteran due to some two-bit tax break. Businesses will hire them because there is a need, the vet is qualified, and its the right thing to do.
In response to U.S. Opinions: Washington Post Keep foreign-born tech graduates in the U.S. (Sept. 21 Opinion):
Stop discouraging homegrown talent, plenty of smarts in U.S.
First comes the H-1B program allowing companies to import cheap foreign technical persons and displace American knowledge-workers. The fallout is that engineering is not as attractive to American students and college enrollments drop.
The reprinted Washington Post editorial suggests we fill the empty seats with bright foreigners.
Wake up, Observer: There is no shortage of smart people in the U.S.
J. Paige Straley
In response to For me another JFK quote sums up whats wrong with welfare (Sept. 20 Forum):
GOP obstruction doesnt exactly jibe with what JFK was asking
Forum writer Eric Benson has a good point when he reminds us of JFKs quote Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country.
I suggest voters examine the Republican response to President Obamas election. From Mitch McConnells comment to strategy meetings, their playbook has focused on working against a moderate president for a selfish idea government will not work unless were in power, so lets obstruct in lockstep to prove it is a ludicrous plan.
Reminds me of playground kid saying Im going to take my ball home if I cant be quarterback.
Ask what you can do for your country indeed.
In response to No matter who nonpayers are, too many in U.S. are dependent (Sept. 21 Forum):
Helping each other is our national DNA and should be
From the time WWII ended until the 60s, the economy boomed and the amount of poverty in the U.S. was minimal. Yet, there were areas of deep deprivation as evidenced by LBJs war on poverty.
Things are very different today.
Helping others is an attitude that has grown in this nation from the 1930s forward, from the WPA to the civil rights movement, etc.
We help each other; it is the American way. Thank God for that.
In response to Deflated and disliked, Congress heads home (Sept. 21):
Those in Congress set for life,
could care less about our scorn
Those people in Congress do not really care that they are disdained and disliked. They have theirs lifetime income that they do not deserve, lifetime access to health care they do not deserve.
They just plod along, Republican and Democrat, taking theirs and letting the remainder of us twist in the wind.
Fox News focuses on non-issues to detriment of democracy
Kudos to cartoonist Mike Luckovick for depicting how Fox News makes Fast and Furious into something far greater than it is to poison peoples minds (Sept. 21 Viewpoint).
Luckovick could have used Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Acorn, Van Jones, voter fraud or many other non-issues.
The sad part of the cartoon is people who lack the skills to determine the voracity and magnitude of issues in the news are easily hoodwinked. Accordingly, Fox News taps into this inability so people vote against their own best interest and that of the nation, repeatedly. Fox News is a cancer on our democracy.
No surprise Observer plastered article that bolstered Obama
My wife and I burst out in hysterical laughter when we saw the Observer plastered the phony census article that makes an extremely weak case for economic recovery on the front page. (Census data offers hints of economic recovery Sept. 21).
Rush Limbaugh spent at least 30 minutes Thursday predicting how the liberal media would stretch and twist the census data to support their candidate.
Come on Observer editors, get your game on.