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November 5, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 6, 2013

We have to get our house in order

As commented in a recent letter there are way too many people with “uncommon” sense and not nearly enough with common sense. There are many suggestions regarding ways to decrease the deficit through spending cuts. Each and every time those putting forth such an idea are attacked as uncaring.

Those trying to bring government spending under control are the ones who care the most about America and its future. We cannot keep spending at the rate we are or we will eventually turn into a basket case of a country as bad, or worse, than Greece and very likely drag the rest of the world into recession or depression with us. It is that simple.

As a country we have to make some tough choices. What should our social safety net look like? How much support should these various programs get? Do we need 17 government agencies looking at much the same things and creating more regulations than anyone knows how to deal with? Do we really need the office that suggests USMC covers need to become “girly hats”?

America is a great country. We have to come to grips with the reality of the budget issue though. We have to stop kicking that can down the road. We have to get spending under control. We have to accept the fact that means benefit reductions for a whole range of programs. We also have to stop thinking other citizens that think differently than us are, by their very nature, evil.

— Dwayne Owens

Terre Haute

Health care mess is deadly prescription

The White House has never cared whether the Unaffordable Care Act worked or not. The goal from the first was to establish his legacy, as the first president to force all Americans under a socialistic-controlled health care. In fact the battle cry was, pass it without reading the two-foot-high pile of gobbledygook, so you will know what is in it. I will help by lying about the ability to keep your doctor and present health plan.  

Of course the free loaders of the great society thought it was wonderful. After all to them it was free. Now the people that work for a living have found they have to pay dearly for this so-called free lunch. Many other citizens in countries with government health care, have found that health care availability came much too late for them to survive.

 As you well know, there has never been any government anywhere with the ability to operate any endeavor with even a trace of efficiency. Cut cost, delay treatment; death panels will now be the rule of the day. For the more affluent, there is always Mexico and India. For the rest of us, I advise you to purchase your cemetery plot today.

— Sam Wallace

Casey, Ill.

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