Letters to the Editor 1/6
It was the Republicans who ran up deficit
So who are the Socialist politicians and presidents? Let’s look at actual data from the Office of Management and Budget instead of blind name-calling.
With respect to the increases of the federal budget in constant 2,000 dollars – the largest increases since 1980 were in the term of George W. Bush (32 percent), followed by Ronald Reagan (23 percent), George H.W. Bush (12 percent) and Bill Clinton (10 percent).
With respect to the growth in the number of federal employees – the largest increases since 1980 were in the terms of George W. and George H.W. Bush (both 3 percent), followed by Ronald Reagan (0 percent) and Bill Clinton (-16 percent).
How about those irresponsible budget-busting entitlement programs? The largest expansion of government health programs since the passage of Medicare has been the Part D prescription drug program, forced through the Republican Congress by Tom DeLay with an estimated cost over 10 years of $1.2 trillion, more than either the current House or Senate health care reform bills. The Republican Congress did not provide any funding source for these costs, and continual increases in costs are guaranteed by prohibiting negotiation of drug prices.
But, who needs facts when it comes to repeating the name-calling, mud-slinging, rhetoric of Fox News and talk radio? Certainly not those who mindlessly repeat what they hear from those fair-and-balanced sources.
Watered-down gospel is ruination of America
The Obamas and Harry Reids, etc., aren’t really what’s wrong with this nation. They’re only doing what their degenerate fallen nature dictates they do.
Would those who stand in the pulpits week after week were so inclined to preach the gospel they say they believe, and live it. Rather, they’ve become lovers of this world more than lovers of God, and the love of the Father is not in them – wolves in sheep’s clothing, false apostles, by their fruits ye shall know them.
The gospel that’s preached from most pulpits today is so watered down, it couldn’t save a fly, if flies could be saved. Pastors and their wives listen to the same music the world does, with their rock-and-roll record collections they refuse to part with. It has become an idol. Where is the separation the Bible calls for?
No, it’s not the senators and Congress that’s the problem here; it’s the wolves in the pulpits.
Repent, true church, and get the wolves out of the pulpits and the weeds out of the pews, and maybe God will have mercy on America once again.
Rosalee Barnwell Hinton
Tell forest service: Don’t raise fees
Seniors and disabled campers: The forest service is asking for comments on raising the discount of senior and access passes. They want to change it from 50 percent to 10 percent. This would be a great hardship on us. Please write to the forest service at http://www.regulations.gov, Dean Heller, John Ensign and Harry Reid.
Read about it at http://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_concession.shtml.