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Cable should offer both sides in columns

Wickliffe, Ind.

Several times over the past three years, I have been outraged at comments made by your columnist, Lee Cable, but have refrained from responding to any of the articles he writes, but "The economy according to Eddie Wetzel" article was just too much, and I am compelled to respond.

It is completely obvious that Mr. Cable is completely biased to the Democratic party, but that doesn't surprise me for this area of the state. However, as a journalist, he should report both sides of a story. In regards to his comments regarding the $700 billion bailout plan that was passed by the Republicans right before Bush "walked out the door," he should be fair and point out that it was a Democratically-controlled Congress that actually passed that bill and Bush was only doing what they wanted, knowing that it would get passed anyway, right AFTER he HAD to walk out.

His comment regarding Obama's plan to save the economy was missing some truth, as well. First of all, the nearly-trillion-dollar plan was not written by Mr. Obama; it was written by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed. I for one am glad to see the Republicans not approve it, since it is not a stimulus plan that will help the working-class Amer-icans who are struggling.

It is nothing but a wish list of projects the Democrats have been trying to spend our money on for years. As far as it including jobs and long-overdue spending on the country's infrastructure, Mr. Cable should have also mentioned that it has a stipulation that the largest percentage of those construction jobs it will create are for MINORITY-owned construction companies. How many local residents is THAT going to help?

Not only does that not seem constitutional, it does not sound fair to me to single out which companies will get the work; government construction projects have always gone to the most economical bidder unless it was subjected to under-the-table tactics. Also, according to many educated economists, these jobs will not be created by this plan for several years.

As far as Eddie Wetzel's plan to save the economy, I agree with some of what he has to say. Unfortunately, there is no way Congress is going to give any money to the working class Americans who are paying their bills.

For one thing, Nancy Pelosi has on several occasions pointed out that Americans are not smart enough to handle that kind of money.

But back to Mr. Wetzel's plan. Why does he feel that working Americans under the age of 25 should not be included in his government money plan?

There are many young Americans who are working to support a family. And as far as the government having any management of our health care scares the heck out of me. Their track record for taking care of anything is less than acceptable.

I am also tired of Bush getting blamed for the Iraqi war. We had to do something to respond to that terrorist attack on our country; we would not be Americans if we allowed that to happen and just took it. I agree that it is time to get out of there — we need to bring our troops home because we are going to need them when the next attack comes after we ship all the terrorists back home when the Democrats close Guantanamo!

Maybe if all the representatives in Congress paid their back taxes that they have swindled the IRS out of all these years, we would have enough money to take care of all these problems instead of burdening our children and grandchildren with the humongous tax bill they are going to have to eventually pay back. I don't think there is a single one of them who is honest or competent to make decisions on how to spend our money.

I used to not worry about any of this because I thought the government would take care of me. Now, I think we need to fire every one of them. They do not have a clue of what it is like to live in the real world; they are all too spoiled and wealthy. When was the last time any of them had to earn a real paycheck, rob Peter to pay Paul, or put food on the table? I also think it is appalling that with the economy the way it is, people losing their jobs and everything they own, that Congress accepted the pay increase they were scheduled to get this year. They are way overpaid as it is.

If things are going to get better in this country, we are going to have to make it happen ourselves. Our government administration is incapable of it. They can't see the forest for the trees, they are worried about things like cows emitting gas, so they want to tax farmers for every cow. How long is it before they tax humans for the same thing? They are trying to control everything we do, and if we continue to allow that, we are in a world of hurt. I really feel sorry for my grandchildren because the United States has seen the best of times; it is all downhill from here.

All my ranting and Eddie Wetzel's ideas, shared with family and friends, is not going to get anything done. Every American needs to contact their Congress representatives, bombard them daily with letters, phone calls and e-mails to tell them not to support all of this spending. We cannot afford to pay it back, and the banks and car manufacturers they are giving it to are never going to pay it back. Maybe Mr. Cable should focus on helping us do that instead of telling his one-sided stories. Maybe he is watching the wrong news channel.

Deborah Meadows
April 08, 2009

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