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December 1, 2012

Your view: Letters to the editor


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Let’s get out of Afghanistan

To the editor:

In regard to the article in last Sunday’s Eagle-Tribune, “As insider attacks grow ...” in which it is said there have been 41 attacks by Afghan soldier on coalition troops this year:

In view of the fact that our coalition forces’ main task is to train Afghans to provide for their own security, is it not time to plan on withdrawing U.S. and other troops now rather than in 2014? Is it not likely that these insider attackers were “trained” by us?

What do we have to gain from staying on in Afghanistan?

Peter Cameron

Methuen

Big bankers are

robbing us blind

To the editor:

The elections are over, but did they matter? I’d argue that devout Democrats and Republicans have been conned, conned by the very few with only the appearance that the elections mattered. The amount of money spent on these elections was staggering and both parties received their “fair share.” However, some of that money originated from the same places, from names like Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Bank of America. Does anyone else question this with skepticism?

I bring this issue to light because of the rhetoric behind the “fiscal cliff” and the newly established “Fix the Debt” campaign. This campaign is backed by the who’s who in the financial, insurance, real estate (F.I.R.E.) sectors, which consists of seekers of true corporate welfare and government subsidies at your expense. One of the chairmen is none other than Judd Gregg, former New Hampshire senator and now Goldman Sachs employee. Of course Sen. Gregg was a proponent of the “too big to fail” bailouts and was rewarded handsomely with landing his job with Goldman. The campaign is trying to sell the idea of stabilizing the debt as a part of the economy, but what it really is, is a way to steal more from you, the people.

The Federal Reserve and the Treasury have already given bankers over $16 trillion through the front and backdoor since 2007, while at the same time your earnings have deteriorated. Somehow, the people are told by mainstream media this is good for them and the country. Factoring in quantitative easing, zero interest policy and debt monetization, it is otherwise known as theft — theft from you while allowing banks to skim off the top of auctions and saving them from paying you interest. Now they have hatched a new egregious plan to attack and steal whatever you may have left, all with politician’s blessings.

This isn’t about envy, this is about truth, a stealth larceny being passed off as legitimate by those who truly have power. These people know that even if their schemes go awry, they can go to their pawns in Congress to legislate and force the taxpayers to pay for their misdeeds. Unfortunately, what’s left out are the private debts of this country, which dwarf the public debt, nearing $60 trillion dollars. Neither of which will ever be paid back. It can’t and it won’t. These plutocrats know this, so they will now try and steal everything not nailed down in the name of class warfare as the economy on government life support erodes into oblivion.

The system is simply not mathematically sustainable, but the Fix the Debt crowd would like you to sacrifice more, while not sacrificing themselves, and misdirecting blame to the entitlement crowds. In reality they are both at fault for believing in unrealistic promises made by crony politicians for their own personal gain. The transformation from a republic to a plutocracy is near complete.

Duncan Burns

Bradford

Romney’s own mistakes cost him the election

To the editor:

Widespread speculations have tried to explain Romney’s solid defeat, but the seeds of the Republicans’ sweeping loss were planted as the primary candidates voiced their visions of America’s destiny. Starting with Michele Bachmann, each candidate had a moment of fame and glory as the potential nominee; but with each debate, it became manifestly clear that the Republican message was ailing.

When all candidates raised their hands in opposition to a ratio of 10 to 1 in cutting spending to tax increases, the die was cast. Further, as time and debates went on, each tried to go more to the right on social issues, foreign policy, entitlement programs, and economic principles. The most extreme arrived at the forefront; Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum outlasted the others, but Romney’s PAC money and popular backing decided the winner.

Perceived as a successful businessman, although not quite the conservative desired by the extreme right, Romney gained the full support of Republicans and the campaign went into full swing: money flowed like water and ideological fantasies prevailed. Right-wing pundits predicted a stunning victory. In truth, President Obama did not win the election; Gov. Romney lost it.

An intelligent, well-spoken man with a gift for creating wealth, Romney lost because of basic human issues — he just didn’t know how to connect with average people because he had never been an average person.

Among the many statements he made that turned people off was his attempt to connect with a Michigan audience by saying he loved the trees; they were the right height and he loved the lakes. According to Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Romney should have loved the people. Then gratuitous remarks about Ann’s two Cadillacs and that an elevator was being built in his garage served to put him miles apart from most citizens.

Perhaps his most egregious mistake was in demeaning the 47 percent when he spoke to wealthy followers at a Florida fundraiser. It became apparent that Romney tailored his beliefs according to the audiences he addressed. Moreover, his change of mind on the issues won him the flip-flopper cognomen and the opposing side displayed many videos of Romney going from one side to the other. With many gaffes, Mitt earned the title of “Mitt the Twit” in a London newspaper, and he insulted the Palestinians, displaying a serious lack of diplomacy.

Yes, Romney fixed the Olympics problems — with the aid of $1.3 billion he extracted from the federal government. Yet, the anti-government right decries big government, that is, until they need a friend.

Dante Ippolito

Norwell