Letters to the editor for Tuesday, March 25, 2014
March 24, 2014
Staying on this road will bankrupt our country
Dear Robin Christy,
First, let me say that I'm sorry that you live in such tough circumstances. I know that life also has given me a few lemons along the way, and I'm 86 years old. I'm a Tea Party Republican and I believe that most of us have compassion for those less fortunate. The John Boehners and John McCains do not speak for us. It is nevertheless true that our country is slowly going down the tubes as Congress and President Obama spend money as though there is a neverending source for them. Both Democrats and Republicans are paying for your health care and you should thank them rather than vilify them.
But we cannot continue to operate as a socialist welfare state much longer. There are many reasons for this — the decline of the dollar, the debt to China and President Obama's Executive Orders. I have three friends that have good jobs and they are asked to pay $1,200 to $1,800 per month for their health insurance that they cannot afford. Each of them have several kids.
You pay nothing, or close to it, and there are millions of people in that circumstance. Unlike you, there are many bums willing to take money/services from the government without working to pay their own way when they, in fact, could get a job. This, in addition to the illegal payments made to illegal aliens in the billions of dollars, is what is going to bankrupt us.
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