Letters to the Editor 8-18-06

August 18, 2006

The Journal News

Letter to the Editor:




Here we are less than three months from our next Congressional elections and we are experiencing an interesting phenomenon. On one hand, we have the Money Pit President who has spent this country into unprecedented deficits without doing anything to improve the deteriorating rolling stock of the country. With schools, bridges, roads, sewage systems, watersheds, and the power grids of the country suffering from a case of fiscal starvation, the President, like Tom Hanks continues to ask for billions for his Money Pit in Iraq. Most people are disillusioned with our effort there, not only because the justification was fabricated, but because the effort was mismanaged and fought on the “cheap.” On the other hand, we have our new version of the “Do-Nothing Congress.” This term was first used by President Truman to characterize the Republican led Senate and House during the 1948 campaign. We have a Congress that has passed tax relief for multi millionaires, while ignoring health coverage for millions, open borders, the drainage of American jobs overseas, unprecedented trade deficits, increased crime, the dissolution of the middle class, as wages decrease, scandals on Wall Street, the profligacy of corporate brigands, global warming, energy dependency on foreign suppliers, the disgrace and inadequacy of Homeland Security, the colossal failure of FEMA, and an endless and growing list of other inadequacies. When President Bush came into the White House, on his full first day in officer, he reflected on a prayer inscribed on a mantelpiece from John Adams, “… that only the wise and honest may rule under this roof.” Can we really believe that that prayer has been fulfilled?



Richard J. Garfunkel

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