They Write Letters

5 comments January 30th, 2008at 10:06pm Posted by Eli

A couple of interesting letters to the NYT in response to Monday’s State Of The Union address:

Of the many vexing comments in President Bush’s final State of the Union address, the one I find particularly off-putting is this: “Others have said they would personally be happy to pay higher taxes. I welcome their enthusiasm. I’m pleased to report that the I.R.S. accepts both checks and money orders.”

I am one of those citizens who are happy to pay taxes to support the functioning of our country and aid my fellow Americans, and am deeply offended by the president’s mockery of these sentiments.

Apparently the Bushies believe that paying taxes should be a matter of “personal virtue,” just like energy conservation.

And then there’s this”

In “The Bush Who Got Away” (Op-Ed, Jan. 28), Jacob Weisberg describes the compassionate conservative George W. Bush might have been as president.

Aside from the obvious issues of 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq war, one of the main reasons this compassionate conservatism never came to fruition is that President Bush served for six years with a very conservative Republican-controlled Congress that had only a passing interest in his compassionate conservative initiatives.

By the time the Democrats regained control of Congress, the war and its attendant huge yearly deficits and partisan acrimony dominated the political discourse.

One can only imagine how the Bush presidency might have differed had he served the first six years with a Democratic Congress.


Bush really truly wanted to be a moderate, but those mean nasty Republicans in Congress forced him to be an asshole! Good thing he can show his true compassionate conservative colors now that Congress is in Democratic hands, right? Right?

Oh, and Bernie Sanders writes letters too:

Over the last seven years, nearly five million Americans slipped out of the middle class and into poverty; median household income for working-age Americans declined by nearly $2,500; 8.6 million Americans lost their health insurance; three million manufacturing jobs disappeared; and more than three million workers lost their pensions.

True, some of the richest Americans have not had it so good since the Roaring Twenties. But while the wealthiest .01 percent realized an average one-year increase in their income of $4.4 million from 2004-5, the bottom 90 percent of Americans saw their average income decline by $172.

Funny how the .01% have so much more influence on government than the 90% – I coulda sworn that we all just get the one vote…

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