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Responding to Barbara Wise's letter of Nov. 1 ("Republicans driving country to ruin"), I can't help but wonder on what ill-begotten source she bases her opinions.

She made only one correct statement -- that "those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Socialism has failed wherever tried. It failed in France, England, the Soviet Union and certainly under Hitler in Germany. We only have to look around and see President Obama's socialism failing and destroying America.

Ms. Wise boasted that President Clinton left office with a surplus in employment. She does not know that he was failing in his leftist agenda and came back to right of center; the Republican Congress saved him, and was responsible for the good economy.

For most of his eight years, President George W. Bush gave us an unemployment rate of about 5.2 percent, which is near the minimum. Bush saw the current problem coming, and tried to get the Democratic Congress to take action on such matters as Clinton's lift on oil futures, the failing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, because of Clinton's and the Democratic Congress' insistence on continuing to give loans to unqualified and often unemployed home buyers. These and other congressional failures caused the current crisis.

As to lying about the war in Iraq, where has she been? It is well known that the leaders of both parties viewed and believed the intelligence to be correct. All world leaders believed likewise. Saddam Hussein was an outstanding liar who made the whole world look foolish. So do not blame Bush.

The most absurd statement made by Ms. Wise is that the news media are Republican- or big-business-controlled. Several surveys show more than 75 percent of news reporters are registered Democrats and consider themselves liberals/leftists; about 15 percent consider themselves as moderate to liberal; and only 1.5 percent as conservative.

With the exception of Fox News, 85 percent of news coverage is favorable to the leftists/Democrats. In the recent campaign, about 35 major Democratic events were covered, while virtually 0 percent of Republican events were covered. Sounds like Pravda in Russia during the 1960s and '70s.

No, Ms. Wise, we do not want to be "Republicancorps," whatever that may be, but we also do not want to be disenfranchised citizens under Obama's socialist regime. Obama has incurred a $3 trillion debt since Bush's $1 trillion bailout. About the only jobs created have been for federal employees, whose average annual salary is $120,000, and most are union voters for Obama and the socialist Democrats.

Bill Heaton

Augusta

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GGpap
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GGpap 11/18/10 - 04:05 am
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Thank goodness, with the

Thank goodness, with the landslide election on 11/2, we have averted that terrible slide toward socialism/communisn and can look forward to a great new society under the thumb of fascism and aristocracy.

GGpap

orgpsych
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orgpsych 11/18/10 - 05:21 am
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***YAAAAAAAWWWWWNN***

***YAAAAAAAWWWWWNN***

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/18/10 - 05:32 am
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GGpap. How do those sour

GGpap. How do those sour grapes taste?

dani
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dani 11/18/10 - 06:39 am
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Good letter, Mr. Heaton

Good letter, Mr. Heaton

ruach
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ruach 11/18/10 - 07:53 am
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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/18/10 - 08:22 am
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GGpap, do you even know the

GGpap, do you even know the difference between fascism and socialism? It's almost invisible.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/18/10 - 08:24 am
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Mr Heaton, in the confines of

Mr Heaton, in the confines of response to Ms Wise's letter, well done.

Runner46
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Runner46 11/18/10 - 08:28 am
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Obama's latest push to

Obama's latest push to continue his leftist socialism is the Dream Act to reward illegal aliens up to age 35 with an amnesty. This he is attempting in the lame duck Congress so that his outgoing supporters can again push his Socialistic agenda. These illegal aliens are filling our schools and our jobs, replacing U.S. citizens. So, what has Obama and the Democrats done for the working class American citizen besides a back-stab?

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Techfan 11/18/10 - 09:15 am
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Bill, where to start? First,

Bill, where to start? First, the government never required lenders to give loans to the unqualified. Regulations did prevent lenders from redlining (preventing lenders from denying loans to qualified buyers because they lived in a certain area). The door was cracked with the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 and flung wide open with the Alternative Mortgage Transactions Parity Act of 1982 Second: Where the heck to you get your numbers? Virtually zero Republican events? We must have just imagined all the Tea Party hype covered on the news. You are right that Faux covered them more. No surprise since they sponsored a lot of them.

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carcraft 11/18/10 - 10:27 am
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GGpap-Nameless Bureaucrats

GGpap-Nameless Bureaucrats now run the health care system as THEY interpret legislative intent of Obama, Pelosi Ried's health care bill. Do you really think some one like Carrol Browner, who lies about scientific studies, shoud be incharge of deciding YOUR health care?

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Chillen 11/18/10 - 11:03 am
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Great letter Mr.

Great letter Mr. Heaton!

techfan. Yes, the lenders were "required" to give the loans. They faced govt imposed fines/penalties if they refused to offer them, They also faced legal opposition to mergers, new branches, etc if they didn't make them. The govt forced their hand.

Acorn (along with the infamous Acorn community organizer) used intimidation tactics and public charges of racism if the loans weren't made.

Banks were in a lose-lose situation. So, they made the loans. And now see where that got us.

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johnston.cliff 11/18/10 - 11:26 am
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Techfan, your fantasy post of

Techfan, your fantasy post of 8:15 is why people that can pass for intelligent seem to vote for the leftist agenda. You've got to stop getting your information from the choreographed media and the sources they sponsor, or people will never respect your opinion.

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dichotomy 11/18/10 - 02:04 pm
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"under the thumb of fascism

"under the thumb of fascism and aristocracy". Would that be the facists (seize the assets of private bondholders) Obama or the facists (ram healthcare down their throats) Reid, and the aristocratic (married money) Pelosi or the aristocratic (married money) Kerry? If you can only manage some name calling GGap, the Democrats are also a target rich environment. A little Heinz ketchup with those fries?

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swcohen 11/18/10 - 08:33 pm
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If the Republicans had been

If the Republicans had been doing their jobs, they wouldn't have lost control of congress in 2006. If they'd fielded a credible presidential ticket, they wouldn't have lost the executive branch. They proved to us on 2 November that they can still win elections...

... but have they learned how to govern?

I hope so. If not, they may succeed in getting Pres. Obama reelected two years from now. That'll sting a bit...

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dstewartsr 11/19/10 - 09:09 pm
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I was with you right up to,

I was with you right up to, "Banks were in a lose-lose situation. So, they made the loans." No, the BANKS were not in a lose-lose situation once the government --through the machinations of Frank & Rangle who through law and intimidation by way of threatening even less financially palatable measures from Congress-- stepped in to guarantee to underwrite the loans. The losers in this little scheme was the US taxpayers, then because of a threat of massive default, the shakily secured stock portfolios of working class people.

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