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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 7:21 pm | Updated: 9:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It should not come as a surprise that ACORN is being investigated for voter fraud. Its prior convictions are well-known. The most galling aspect of this is that this supposed “nonpolitical” organization is in fact a far-left organ of the Democratic Party with known contacts with Barack Obama. In fact, Obama was a director and trainer of ACORN recruits.

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Troubling ties to ACORN

It should not come as a surprise that ACORN is being investigated for voter fraud. Its prior convictions are well-known. The most galling aspect of this is that this supposed “nonpolitical” organization is in fact a far-left organ of the Democratic Party with known contacts with Barack Obama. In fact, Obama was a director and trainer of ACORN recruits.

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For those who still pay income taxes, we are financing this outrage and it was in fact included in the original “bailout bill” that the Democrats tried to pass to the tune of at least $20 million dollars to further finance this farce. I do feel sorry for those who have been taken in by Obama.

This is a critical time for the U.S., and to put a known far-left politician in power is only asking for more social taxes and continued failed programs.

JOE BRENDEL

APACHE JUNCTION

GOP not working for us

So, now we’ve got a financial crisis to add to the laundry list of other crises facing our great country. Whose fault is it?

One party refuses to spend money on education, instead, choosing to spend taxpayer money on prisons to house illiterate and uneducated criminals. One party refuses to engage world leaders it disagrees with in conversations about peace, instead, choosing “tough talk” and endless billion-dollar wars.

One party says our government can’t afford universal health care for its citizens, but spends billions to bail out one of the world’s largest insurance companies. Republicans expect you and me to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, but they’re OK with giving out corporate welfare like it’s candy.

The American dream isn’t about military might, corporate domination and overcrowded prisons, it’s about a government “for the people.” A $600 check every election cycle doesn’t mean the government is working for us, nor do two wars against the ambiguous word “terrorism.” Corporate welfare doesn’t help you and me. Two words show us when the government is doing its job: peace and prosperity. Unfortunately, we haven’t had either in a very long time. Choose wisely this November.

ERIC ATONNA

TEMPE

Tocqueville’s warnings

Noted French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) visited America to study our infant democracy. Here are some of his warnings about where our democracy could go.

• “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

• “A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”

• “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

Are we there yet? Currently, the top 10 percent income group pays 70 percent of total federal income taxes and the bottom 50 percent income group pays 3 percent of total federal income taxes (source: Investors Business Daily, Sept. 18). We are getting dangerously close to where greater than 50 percent of the voting population can decide our policies (via elections) even though they would not pay any federal income taxes.

If Barack Obama is elected and he enacts his proposed income redistribution polices, it is probable that we will cross over the line where greater than 50 percent of the voting population will not pay any federal income taxes and we will be where de Tocqueville warned about.

GERARD SMOROWSKI

GILBERT

Obama prepared to lead

Terry Tampa (Letters, Sept. 21) ignores the facts. It is the George Bushes, Steve Forbeses and John McCains who do not understand. They lead a privileged life. Barack Obama understands and got ahead by his effort. For example, he could not have graduated from law school without learning about the National Recovery Act of 1933 and the Supreme Court ruling that modified it.

He foresaw the financial meltdown. Like many of us who worked while getting an education, Obama knows its value and what it takes. He does not insult your intelligence when he speaks. Do we need another shoot from-the-hip president? Force solves few problems.

Tampa faults Obama on entitlements. Few have the wealth to not need them if they live long enough. I lived during the alternative. Simple medical care translates from $300 to $800 an hour. Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid get a discount, sometimes 70 percent, but uninsured pay the full bill or go bankrupt.

McCain does not acknowledge peace by force in Iraq will only come with another strong man. He also fails to acknowledge the surge of money to the Sunnis brought a cease-fire. Obama was not fooled about the shift in the war. He gives priority to peace but is not a fool.

RICHARD TRACY SR.

MESA

 

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