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Letters: 29 Oct - 4 Nov 2008
October 30, 2008
Vote for McCain!
THIS letter is in response to the very naive and confused Maureen Daly, who wrote in the October 15-21 issue (“Free Speech Right”) that Republicans have messed things up these past eight years.
Hey, Maureen, who has kept us attack-free since 9/11? George Bush, a Republican. Who has kept us with consistent growth economically for the past eight years? The Republicans.
Who got us into this horrible financial situation due to people having mortgages they should never have been given, causing the devastating collapse of our economy? The Democrats.
With their strong-arm tactics to mortgage companies to give “low-income” folks mortgages who could ill afford them, they have single-handedly destroyed our economy.
Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd, both Democrats, should be arrested and jailed for what they have done in the name of political correctness, and throw in ACORN for good measure with their thug tactics to banks.
God help us if the Dems get in office. You think it’s bad now? Yikes!
And regarding the fool across the pond, Cormac MacConnell, who care what he thinks? Let’s be honest. He should be a heck of a lot more concerned what’s happening in his own backyard.
Ireland’s economy is collapsing like the proverbial house of cards. Cormac, dear, stop worrying about us Yanks. We are well able to take care of ourselves.
We’ll make the right decision in November. McCain/Palin all the way to the White House!
Boonton, New Jersey
Dems Ruined Economy
BETWEEN the pair of them letter writers James V. Burke and Dessie Coogan a pair of eejits!
It takes a Burke to sound like a right burk. Week after week we have had nothing but pure unadulterated Democrat liberal propaganda from the pair of them, with nothing but lies and falsehoods between them.
Fact: Bill Clinton signed into law some of the biggest de-regulation bills aided by Democrats. The last eight years should be the last 16.
It’s thanks to the Democrat procedures that the economy is suffering today. The false economy from Clinton is like having two sets of books.
You do not give out mortgages to people who cannot afford them. Somewhere down the line this is going to come back and bite you, so the folly of Clinton is now coming back and it’s hitting President George W. Bush.
What was he supposed to do, take back the mortgages which should never have been given out in the first place?
Also a lie from Burke, who stated, “McCain did nothing to check his party’s fiscal malfeasance.” More like he was unable to stop the Democrat malfeasance in their misuse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which McCain warned about.
As for the are you better off with two million American homes being foreclosed, it’s thanks to the Democrats this is happening. It’s a propaganda feat worthy of Gobbles that people of the Burke ilk have managed to assign this solely to Bush.
But to answer the idiots’ questions – yes, I am better off than eight years ago. My company is hiring and overtime is a plenty. I did not come to this country to get ahead and then have my earnings redistributed thanks to Barack Obama’s sense of fairness.
Use your brain and vote McCain. Real Irish for McCain.
Patrick “Paddy” O’Reilly
Bohemia, New York
Let Cormac Opine
LETTER writer Catherine Horan took Cormac MacConnell to task (“Stick to Irish Stuff,” October 15-21) for a column he wrote concerning Sarah Palin.
She says that Cormac should “stick to writing about Irish politics. He doesn’t know anything about what’s really going on here.” She also says that “Sarah Palin is one of us.”
Who do you mean by one of us? Certainly not me, so please do not presume to speak for me.
I live in the next county over from you here in Pennsylvania, but we could not be further apart as to what makes a person a qualified candidate.
Our next presidential election will have a major effect throughout the world as have past election results. Cormac, and any other person in the world for that matter, should be free to comment upon our candidates running for office.
The October 27 European edition of Newsweek has a letter to the editor concerning Palin’s lack of qualifications for office that I found informative. In part, the letter writer stated, “She has also had little opportunity to develop an awareness that the United States is but a small part of the planet. The country has less than 5% of the world’s population, and its mores are based on a religion that is alien to two-thirds of the people on the planet.”
When Ms. Palin is as informed about the U.S. and our place in the world as this Englishman is, I’ll give her serious consideration as a candidate.
Priscilla W. Ebright
IT’S easy enough for Cormac MacConnell to look down his nose at us redneck Sarah Palin fans.
While he sits smugly in a tony lounge in the affluent west coast of Ireland, we gather in grimy honky tonks, desperately clinging to our guns and religion.
As he sips Chardonnay and nibbles Gruyere, we fumble in our greasy pockets, adding the nickel to the dime in the hope of getting another Bud or Miller.
But Cormac should beware of excessive hubris. Perhaps he should discuss the sin of pride soon with his confessor? He may already be sitting on ten Paters and Aves.
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
The Obama Fantasies
THE dumbest thing the American electorate can do right now is elect Senator Barack Obama as president, and thereby give Democrats total control of the three centers of power — the House, the Senate and the presidency.
What is bad about that? Huge potential for corrupt governance.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, said Lord Acton in England in 1877. It’s still true for both political parties today.
The American electorate has wisely not allowed this to happen since 1938. Examples of this power to corrupt is everywhere.
In Ireland Fianna Fail and former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Charles Haughey are good illustrations. In New Jersey, where Democrats hold a disproportionate amount of political power, the U.S. prosecuting attorney has said publicly he can’t clean up the corruption because it is so systemic and widespread.
New York City can match any of them except there are no Republicans to blow the whistle and make it public, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was never a Republican to begin with.
Don’t forget political corruption robs all of us. It matters.
The polls seems to indicate that the electorate is willing to trade in their ability to stop one party rule for the Obama fantasies — IRS checks for 95% of us, magical disappearance of national debt, U.S. enemies bowing to us in love, replacement of religion and guns with the audacity of hope.
It’s too bad political fantasies can’t be tested before they are initiated. In this valley of tears our only option is to watch and wait to see them fall on their well scrubbed and slick faces and accept the disappointments.
The proof of the pudding says the adage is the eating thereof.
Unfortunately if Obama wins it is not pudding we’ll be eating, but a lot of crow.
Voorhees, New Jersey
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