Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Letters to the Editor

Gov’t shouldn’t pick winners/losers

Penny Fattig wrote about using subsidies for the ethanol industry to “ it get going.” I think it is now “going.” Why continue the subsidies? In a Brownfield Ag News article, I read that Gov. Heineman said “...all of us are going to have to take some reductions in federal spending.” Heineman (trying to appease everyone) suggested subsidies should be phased out over several years, not ended abruptly.

Penny wrote that “many” have benefited from the program, failing to mention that “all” are forced to contribute, because this is socialism. She may be among those in agri-business, who profit from farmers having more money to spend. That is how capitalism works.

But when using subsidies, consider those not benefiting from the program, even though they help pay for the success of the recipients (“many”). Does the American dream now include the belief that one’s success can’t be achieved without first taking the property of others? Government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. We just lost over half a billion taxpayer dollars, because Obama backed Solyndra, a (now bankrupt) solar energy company/money laundering scheme.

Penny wrote “Neil Davis has stated that he does not believe in entitlements...” This is not true. You will not find that statement anywhere. Santa Claus would be something I no longer believe in. I also didn’t write about anyone being “against the Constitution.” Penny was taking sides against “...Tea Party propaganda...” I wrote about the beliefs of (those) citizens who are simply exercising their 1st Amendment right “ petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I’ve never written about opposing student aid either. I oppose how Obama has perverted the student loan program (just like everything else he touches).

Penny cited a statement from an article in Time magazine by editor Richard Stengel. He wrote “The Constitution serves the nation; the nation does not serve the Constitution.” Who would disagree with that statement? Well, Stengel for one. He doesn’t believe the Constitution serves the nation. Stengel is one of many liberals who thinks that the Constitution should reflect however he feels when he wakes up on any given day. The other half of the statement, the premise that we would somehow be under duress for having to comply with the “law of the land,” is just stupid.

Hoping that anything good for the country is going to come out of the “Super Committee” is as laughable as hoping something about job creation will be found in Obama’s new “American Jobs Act.”

Penny thinks my Dr. (D)eath reference is nonsense and slinging mud? Let’s see if there will be an honest assessment by Democrats, of their behavior after what promises to be the dirtiest election we’ve ever seen.

Neil A. Davis, Gothenburg


Dr. (D)eath vs. Dr. (R)esistance

I agree with Glenn Bartels (08-03-11) in the aspect that, as citizens we need to work together to solve America’s problems. However, in congress there is no starting point for such a process.

When Dr. (D)eath wants to cut off your arm and Dr. (R)esistance wants to save it, should you be pleased when they compromise to cut it off at the elbow?

In the coming elections, Democrats have absolutely nothing of merit to run on. Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” are already in play. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

The current target is the “tea party.” Much has been spoken and written by people whose sum total knowledge of this subject, equals zero point zero.

Penny Fattig in her apology letter, wrote that she was “...tired of the relentless Tea Party propaganda...” and that “...both sides of the issues should be addressed.” Let’s look at what she is tired of and apparently on the other side of.

The belief that (1) All men are endowed by their Creator with rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (2) Government is a function of the Constitution, not the other way around. (3) Government must be fiscally responsible, so that high levels of taxation do not “unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect.” (4) Powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, belong to the states and the people (individuals). (5) Our current government’s interference in the free market, inhibits individual and economic liberty.

Who are these tea party propagandists anyway? Recent Rasmussen surveys show: 71% of Americans believe government programs designed to help people out of poverty are not effective and 49% think they actually increase poverty; 67% think thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every federal government program; 71% believe the problem with welfare, is that there are too many recipients rather than not enough; 84% think the country is heading down the wrong track.

Looks to me like the propagandists are three out of four of Penny’s neighbors.

What (D)eath’s advocates are saying: California Representative Maxine Waters “...the tea party can go straight to Hell.” Indiana Representative Andre Carson “...this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me...hanging on a tree.” President Obama on the Republican budget plan “ with disabilities would be left to fend for themselves.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “...clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety. You name it, they’re there to diminish it, destroy it.” Vice President Joe Biden, told AFL/CIO members that they are “the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates.”

The fact that these “public servants” are being paid to steal our money and talk trash about us, is incredible to me. I want them replaced with people who believe in America and Americans.

Neil A. Davis, Gothenburg


Simple solution; don’t read it

Perhaps Tom Shea wouldn’t care if other people misrepresented the things he says and does. I don’t know. I do know, I am not that way. I am not going to allow what I write to be distorted. If that brings about redundancy, I’ll let the editor make the call. I made that call myself in my third letter (on Egyptian funding), when I wrote “I’ve had enough of this subject.” If Tom Shea needs to be spared from what I write, I have a simple solution for him. Don’t read it.


Balanced view preferred

I apologize to Tom Shea for my redundant letters rebutting Neil Davis’s letters. I’m getting tired of writing them, too, but I’m also tired of the relentless Tea Party propaganda and feel that both sides of the issues should be addressed.


Spare me

I was wondering if the Gothenburg Times might provide Neil A. Davis and Penny Fattig with each other’s address, so they might correspond directly to each other and spare us reading their redundant bickering via The Times. They are sounding like two adolesents on the playground. If I can’t be quarterback, I’ll take my ball and go home.



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