Vent: Dec. 11 - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Vent: Dec. 11

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:00 am

"With this forum, seemingly, about what is wrong in our world, country, state, cities, I will admit there is much. Many families are struggling to meet their necessities, much less this season's celebratory gifts and parties. This may sound simplistic - and very well may be - but, can we please comment on what is right and good around us for this brief season. The vitriol truly does serve to make things heavier and more difficult. Positive thoughts and words go a long way to lift someone's day. How about we try that, as a community! Oh, and lest we forget, removing the last syllable in Christmas may be reflective of how we can accomplish this? Non-Christian? That is perfectly OK. Spread the good news of whatever you feel and believe to those around you. Good is good, no matter the origins. We all need each other to make, for everyone, a healthy community. Merry Christmas to all."


"The problem with society today is that people who aren't fit to care for a houseplant are having children."


"That (Lexus) Christmas ad would be more realistic if there was a family living in the car with the large red bow on it."


"The Republican presidential slate has lost one more contestant in their hit reality show, ‘Last Clown Standing' Herman Cain. It looks like the next clown to go will be Bush clone, Rick Perry."


"We ‘must remember the essential value of regulation in our economy'? (Vent 12/5/2011). We are the most regulated nation on earth and yet, the water we drink and the air we breathe are noxious. Snake oils are promoted as miracle cures. The products we buy in good faith do blow up in our faces. And while the corporate fat cats grow rich beyond belief, we pay 5 months of wages every year for our government to pretend to care about our welfare. Wake up!"


"Unemployment rate drops to 8.6 percent as 315,000 give up looking for work. If another 1.5 million give up looking, we could be at full employment."


"Mesa is going to help downtown Mesa with gift cards? If Mayor Scott Smith was smart he would get with Henry Brown and sell him the rest of downtown. A buck or two is better than nothing."


"Poor Mitt Romney. A big spread in this week's Parade Magazine with glossy photos showing his beautiful home, wife and family (5 sons, none of whom served one day in the U.S. military). The article highlighting all of his strengths and he still can't make the grade with the American people. Three times divorced, overweight, un-handsome Newt Gingrich can put his foot in his mouth every week and still comes out on top of Mitt in poll after poll after poll. Why isn't America taking this articulate, handsome Republican contender to heart? Could it be the constant ‘flip-flopping' on major issues, the ‘Vietnam War deferments', the sense of second time around, Republican Party presidential candidate ‘entitlement' or the gnawing question: Who is the ‘real' Mitt Romney?"


"Republicans want to blame Barney Frank and the Democrats for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failure. Let's do a little fact check. Fannie was created in 1938 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1968, because of the Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson privatized Fannie Mae. For 62 years the system had no problems. In 2003 George W. Bush wanted to take Fannie and Freddie out of Congress control and appoint a tsar. In 2003 in the House there were 229 Republicans and 204 Democrats; in the Senate there were 51 Republicans and 48 Democrats. This was a Republican-controlled government. Congress voted it down. Newt Gingrich was employed by Fannie and Freddie for nine years. He was paid between $1.6 million to $1.8 million by them to build a bridge with Capitol Hill Republicans."


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