N. Willard: Need for progress

I appreciated the Jan. 29 editorial, in which was described the horror that bullying creates and the need for an anti-bullying bill.

It is a shame that John Davis didn’t have a chance to read the editorial before he wrote “Impeach the president” (letter, Jan. 29). I think his letter exemplifies a bullying attitude right out of the Karl Rove playbook.

If President Barack Obama has done anything that in any way comes even close to an impeachable act it would be all over the television news and talk shows and in every newspaper in the world.

Some Republicans, like Davis, seek power by putting people down. There is the attack on voters’ rights and disparaging remarks about welfare. There is also “trickle-down economics” that never trickled down to anyone.

The goal of Democrats is to help people, to bring them up out of poverty, to help them become self-sufficient; to help those who cannot help themselves. Not everyone is able to achieve the goal of progressing out of poverty into a self-supporting job, but many do, and that is well-documented.

Obama has a proposal that would streamline government and save taxpayer dollars. The need for a single-payer, efficient and fair health care system is obvious.

Now, there is progress.

I believe we need Obama for four more years

Nancy Willard, Woodstock

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RONALD RIML's picture

Read this - with a total

Read this - with a total population now over 311 million, less than 1/6th of Americans are on food stamps

Fact check: Gingrich's faulty food-stamp claim

Newt Gingrich claims that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history." He's wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures.

The former speaker made that claim Jan. 16 in a Republican debate in Myrtle Beach , S.C., and his campaign organization quickly inserted the snippet in a new 30-second TV ad that began running Jan. 18 in
South Carolina.

Gingrich would have been correct to say the number now on food aid is historically high. The number stood at 46,224,722 persons as of October, the most recent month on record. And it's also true that the number has risen sharply since Obama took office. But Gingrich goes too far to say Obama has put more on the rolls than other presidents. We asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition service for month-by-month figures going back to January 2001. And they show that under President George W. Bush the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million. Nothing before comes close to that.

And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama's time in office than during Bush's.

It's possible that when the figures for January 2012 are available they will show that the gain under Obama has matched or exceeded the gain under Bush. But not if the short-term trend continues. The number getting food stamps declined by 43,528 in October. And the economy
has improved since then.

Nathan Schultz's picture

"The goal of Democrats is to

"The goal of Democrats is to help people, to bring them up out of poverty, to help them become self-sufficient; to help those who cannot help themselves". Good intentions dont always produce good results.

"Not everyone is able to achieve the goal of progressing out of poverty into a self-supporting job, but many do, and that is well-documented". Many can support themselves yet do to the apathy created by dependance choose to do nothing.

"The need for a single-payer, efficient and fair health care system is obvious". Government intervention stagnates innovation. Healthcare services are a work product of others, I will never understand what makes people feel entitled to other peoples time and money at the governments dictate.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"The goal of democrats is to

"The goal of democrats is to help people, to bring them out of poverty"...
How does one explain that almost half the country is on food stamps under 3 years of oBAMa rule?

RONALD RIML's picture

Easy...

The so-called "Job Creators" are sitting down on the Job

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Simple

We are just coming out of the worst economic downturn since the 1929 Great Depression. More people need help in finding food. The increase in SNAP use is a function of the economic situation. More people were added to the food stamp program under George Bush (14.7 million) than under Obama (14.2 million) because the recession began under the Bush Admninistration (2008). Under Obama as the economy improves the number of people added to SNAP has started to go down.
Plus we must remember that the primary purpose of SNAP is not to feed poor people. By increasing demand for food stuffs SNAP raises the prices of foods producing larger profits for large agribusinesses.
The Republican logic is that starving people will more readily accept jobs with unreasonable or illegal working conditions so they don't like SNAP. If a few die in the streets its good for business. A principle that the nation should reject.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Why don't you prove that it

Why don't you prove that it isn't. (Waiting for the sound of crickets).

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"One in six is almost half",

"One in six is almost half", sez the parrot. "In fact", sez he, "five out every four people don't know diddly-squat about fractions".

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

P.S. I would direct your

P.S.
I would direct your attention to Jon Albrecht's erudite post of 12:16. He seemed to have no problem in gathering substantiative information to support my statement. The information is out there, T.., but you have to look beyond the MSNBC Hollywood gossip page.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Nice catch. I told the

Nice catch. I told the parrot, who happened to be the typist of that post, that half the people were on some sort of government assistance (exclusive of Social Security and Medicaid), and instead he, being a dumb bird, interpreted that to mean food stamps. So, statistically, you are correct. Therefore, for once in your little game of catching BB's in the dark; you caught one.

RONALD RIML's picture

You included, therefore -

You included, therefore -

Everyone on 'Corporate Welfare?'

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

But of course. Wouldn't want

But of course. Wouldn't want to leave anyone out of the horn of cornucopia, would we?

RONALD RIML's picture

And especially

Not for a horny old Pirate like you!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How do we know you're real

How do we know you're real and not some fat bellied "Peggy" like the isolated arctic character in the credit card commercials? Your sprinkling of everything with fairy dust before you type it stretches your credibility. You really have to get over your hatred of rebublicans and conservatives, T... We are all Americans some of whom's opinions and beliefs differ from yours. Here's a fun fact: Someone disagreeing with you doesn't necessarily make them a liar or a member of some imaginary clan. Now there; wasn't that cool?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Who do you blame for yours?

Who do you blame for yours? Truth?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

I believe we need to change

I believe we need to change politics in this country. Get rid of the parties and put in people who actually want to work for the people and not tie everything up in party gridlock.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Off your meds again, eh,T?...

Off your meds again, eh,T?...

AL PELLETIER's picture

Almost half

I'm still stuck on "almost half the country is on food stamps". Paul, you keep coming up with numbers, statistics, percentages and facts that are straight out of the twilight zone.
Hey, can we come together on the Pats? So much more fun then politics.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That's easy; Pats by 3 in OT.

That's easy; Pats by 3 in OT. Eli throws 3 picks.

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