P. Roy: Mathews had it wrong

I read the letter to the editor from George Mathews (May 9) and just want to say that I disagree. Perhaps Mathews watches too much of his news on the Fox network.

Mathews wrote that the U.S. is in debt, but he was wrong about why.

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are the reason — they started two wars by lying to the people. Cheney made millions of dollars in the war. They started it for the oil.

I hope Gov. Paul LePage is just a one-term governor. He vetoes everything. The only thing he is for is the rich. He is against unions, raising the minimum wage and creating jobs.

I am a proud Democrat and glad to have voted for Barack Obama.

Pat Roy, South Paris

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You lost all credibility,

You lost all credibility, Pat, the second you attributed Mr. Mathews' lack of factual knowledge to his "watching too much of his news on the FOX network". Then, you continued the remainder of your letter with the same old dis-informational garbage that we've been getting from the left since Bush/Cheney left office.
Democrats in Congress, in large numbers, voted for the attack on Iraq, and, the war in Afghanistan continues to go on after 6 years of your man, oBAMa, being in office. How have the cost of gasoline and heating oil been treating you since we got all that "oil" over which the war in Iraq was started?
One last question, Pat. What has oBAMa accomplished in almost two terms that you would want more of? Name three things.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Speaking of credibility...............

Are you insinuating that Fox News doesn't allow facts to get in the way of a good story? Fox News is nothing more than a third rate entertainment channel. Listening to the likes of Hannity, and O'Reilly, You should just break out the popcorn, sit back and get ready to laugh. What gets me is the sincerity in their faces as they out and out lye to their viewers. That soap opera a couple weeks ago when Hannity fell head over heels for a racist hillbilly. He so wanted to be just like the man, wanted to have live broadcasts from the desert where this whole thing came about. Then all of a sudden the truth comes out, Hannity just vaporized into the background, no explanation or anything.
Yes Fox News is entertaining, nothing else. They have absolutely no credibility as a news channel, they lost that a long time ago.............

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What is bothersome is your

What is bothersome is your insinuation that Fox News is the only news channel that is flawed. It is clear that the truly uninformed on the left perceive Fox News to be at the root of anything that is wrong with America. It's the first thing they throw out there when they have nothing tangible to offer.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Lets look at the big picture..............

How many late night comedians use Fox News in their acts, as compared to MSNBC? How many Left Wing media hosts are there doing incredibly stupid things that usually either get them fired(Glen Beck) or gets them put somewhere in the shuffle so they don't make the station look so pitiful(Hannity)?
Every time a left leaning broadcaster throws an event thousands of people show up, (Sharpton) as apposed to the twelve person live audiance seen on some Fox News shows. The Network is considerd entertainment nothing more by the oress and real News outlets. There is now way to avoid that title..........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Beck and Limbaugh have both

Beck and Limbaugh have both been fired from gigs. FOX continuously eats MSNBC and CNN for lunch in the ratings. I guess the only ones doing it right are on the right, eh? Thousands of people show up for Sharptons circus acts because none of them works.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Pat, Are you serious? Let me


Are you serious? Let me provide you with the following link to the history of US debt. I'm sorry to inform you that America's spending problem started long before the Bush administration.

God help America!

Link to debt history:


Raising the debt!!!

Did you even read your own link?? Read "debt by party affiliation". Johnson, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy and Truman all reduced public debt as share of GDP while George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford all raised it. Any Questions??

MARK GRAVEL's picture

No Question

You need to look at the entire picture.

Debt in absolute dollars increased every administration less one. That is money future generations have to pay off and current generations have to pay interest on.

Look at your personal finances. Let's say your income varies from year to year, but you continue to put changes on your credit card. Is that wise for your personal finances?

Currently, short-term interest rates are historically low. There is no guarantee they will stay that way. If short-term rates increase, then more money has to be redirected paying interest.

Looking at public debt as a share of GDP is shortsighted, just like you looking at your debt to income ratio in years you earn more money and concluding your wise with your money.

Cherry picking data point provides testament to your partisanship. I bet you are are brilliant in your personal finances given your reasoning - yea right.



You have no idea who I am or what my portfolio looks like. I think it's pretty obvious how we are both politically aligned. Every time I read one of your comments I find myself completely on the opposite side, but, just because someone disagrees with you politically doesn't mean we are not intellectually equal.

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Forget alignment in politics or intellect.

Look at the numbers. There are some good things in there, but the debt isn't one of them.

Obama’s Numbers, October Update

The federal debt has resumed rising since our last report, when it had ticked down temporarily due to a seasonal surge in revenue as persons and corporations paid their 2012 income taxes. As of Oct. 4, the amount the Treasury owed to the public was just under $11.94 trillion, an increase of 89.3 percent since the day Obama first became president. That’s still slightly below the 90 percent rise we reported in our April report.
However, the Obama administration recently projected an annual deficit of $750 billion in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, and $626 billion the year after. At that rate, the debt owed to the public will more than double during the Obama presidency.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

No one can answer how a

No one can answer how a President can create jobs?


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