Voters need a real choice

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We are approaching a critical point in the future of our country. The Republican Party has in recent years morphed into one abandoning the interests and needs of the less fortunate. It was not always thus.

Destroying the safety net built up over 80 years by both Democratic and Republican support, a fifth of our people could be homeless. I do not think the majority of us want that. At risk are programs such as Social Security; Medicare; food stamps; housing and heating aid; and unemployment compensation. Republicans now also want to ease regulations on bankers and on financial institutions, totally ignoring what caused the crash of 2008. That crash was not in any way the fault of the millions it has destroyed.

Longer-term, with a sixth of us either out of work, at less than full employment or at jobs that pay far less than a living wage, we should put many of them back to work fixing our roads, sewers, schools, etc. That may end up costing less than supporting them in their forced idleness.

The Republican Party should provide challengers to their do-nothing office holders in the upcoming primary. Failing that, the Democrats should field able candidates for all the federal offices on the ballot. For South Carolina readers, we also need to remember that every one of our Republican representatives and our two senators voted against extending the national debt limit, effectively saying they were willing, for the first time ever, to end the full faith and credit of our country’s debt. I suspect the same was largely true also for Georgia.

We citizens need a choice between the ones now in office who care not at all for most of us, and those who will really consider the needs of all of us.

Victor Reilly

Aiken, S.C.

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faithson
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faithson 10/24/11 - 12:14 am
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"all politics are local"

"all politics are local" Thanks Vic for reminding us of that.

hounddog
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hounddog 10/24/11 - 07:20 am
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Thanks Victor, I did hear
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Thanks Victor, I did hear that Alvin Green was running again if he is not in jail.

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carcraft 10/24/11 - 08:33 am
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Mr. Reilly states "

Mr. Reilly states " Republicans now also want to ease regulations on bankers and on financial institutions, totally ignoring what caused the crash of 2008. That crash was not in any way the fault of the millions it has destroyed." Like the folks that bought more house than they could afford? Like the folks that lied about their incomes so they could buy big fancy houses? Like the developers that used straw buyers to "establish" an unrealistic value for the houses they were selling? I don't know if Mr. Reilly is aware of this or not but Wall Street Regulators were watching porn on Government computers instead of watching the likes of Madoff. Does Mr. Reilly really think more regulators watching porn will slow down corruption? Is Mr. Reilly aware that both Chris Dodd and Barney Frank (Democrates ) refused to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dispite pleas from evil republicans like George Bush and John McCain because Bush and McCain both saw the Tsunami that was coming? The tax payer is still on the hook for billions of dollars in home loan guarantees from Fannie and Freddie. Is Mr. Reilly aware that Obama wants to start another entity like Fannie and Freddie to deal with loans for infra structure construction? I am sure Mr. Reilly realizes that the Federal government is BROKE and cannot keep spending like a drunk sailor on his first shore leave. The Republicans that refused to vote for extending the debt ceiling used the only think at their disposal to slow down wasteful spending like we are seeing with Solundra, Fisker motors etc!

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southernguy08 10/24/11 - 08:54 am
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Same old Victor Reilly..."the
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Same old Victor Reilly..."the Republicans are EVIL!!!!" Yeah Vic, I'm laughing, so are a lot of others. But please, keep writing. We all need a good laugh.

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desertcat6 10/24/11 - 09:07 am
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Republicans/conservatives are

Republicans/conservatives are heartless? Hardly. Mr Riley is simply spinning the message and actions of most consevatives to put fear into the minds of many who qualify and draw benefits from the government. Social Security; Medicare; food stamps; housing and heating aid; and unemployment compensation programs need to be fixed to make them viable over the long term. Welfare programs need to target those with a real need. I would love to see the idle citizens drawing welfare, housing, food stamps, and unemployment be required to work on worthy government projects in return for compensation. I expect that's not what Mr Riley had in mind.

Democrats want the government to increase its debt to pay for a few projects that will provide short term jobs for a few. Republicans want to use specifically targeted regulation changes/easement to promote private capital investment and private sector job growth which would also increase tax revenues up and down the chain.

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dichotomy 10/24/11 - 09:53 am
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Mr. Reilly, unfortunately the

Mr. Reilly, unfortunately the "safety net" has turned into a Euro-recliner. Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, have always done what they could to take care of those who needed assistance. But it has all gotten out of control. In 2010 we finally sent a crop of politicians to Congress who are trying to be the "grown ups" and who are saying "no, we cannot keep borrowing $.40 cents of every dollar we spend and borrowing that money from China". American working families have had to tighten up quite a bit and those who are in the "safety net" may have to give up the foot stool portion of the Euro-recliner.

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Chillen 10/24/11 - 10:44 am
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The Democrats controlled the

The Democrats controlled the House and the Senate for the last few years of Bush's Presidency. Dems controlled 2 of the 3 branches of govt.

The democrats controlled the House, the Senate & the White House for 2 years. Dems controlled 3 of the 3 branches.

The democrats currently control the Senate & the White House - 2 of the 3 branches of our govt.

Obama is currently running around, doing what he wants, without Congressional approval. A Dictator Wannabe. Controlling all 3 of the 3 branches.

Since 2007, Democrats have controlled 2 or more of the 3 branches of our govt.

Please place the blame of our rapid decline over the last almost 6 years squarely where it belongs Mr. Reilly.

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AndrewLafa 10/24/11 - 10:56 am
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I wish everyone was as

I wish everyone was as interested in local politics as they were state and federal. You can make so much more of a difference at a local level. Elections in Harlem are coming November 8th 2011.
Incumbent Tom Blalock needs to get the boot for voting to spend nearly 3 million taxpayer dollars purchasing and renovating on the sitting Mayor of Harlem's personal property. Harlem citizens, stop the gravy train and vote for Melonie Dappie!

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Little Lamb 10/24/11 - 03:32 pm
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It is interesting to watch

It is interesting to watch lifelong liberal Democrats (who would vote for a yellow dog over a Republican) telling the Republican party what kind of candidates to put forward.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/24/11 - 06:08 pm
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CHILLEN, don't you know? When
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CHILLEN, don't you know? When you can't debate the issues, you have to take the focus off of them. Victor Reilly goes postal on Republicans because he can't defend Democrats or debate the incompetence of this president.

AndrewLafa
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AndrewLafa 10/24/11 - 06:49 pm
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Well, LL, I think you'd be

Well, LL, I think you'd be surprised that a lot of democrats in this area have the same concern in local politics that many republicans do. It seems like in the federal and state arena it is only then that D's and R's have this hate mentality.
Personally, I think both parties are nightmares. I don't think one is better than the other. Party politics are killing this country's rational thought. It's almost become a sporting event, team v/s team, when we should be working together to find common ground to get something done.
What baffles me is that Obama is doing a lot of the same thing Bush did, and many democrats give Obama a free pass while being critical of Bush. At the same time, republicans are critical of Obama but gave Bush a free pass. It just makes no sense, and that is why I am proud to be an Independant.

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painfully honest 10/24/11 - 08:37 pm
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Andrew, I too am a proud
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Andrew, I too am a proud Independent. As such, I have the ability to make unbiased political decisions. I don't like some of the things that the Democrats have done, such as repealing the "Don't ask/Dont tell" rule, same sex marriage but at the same time, I don't like the fact that the Republicans are looking out for the welfare of their rich buddies and doing whatever it takes to make President Obama fail at the expense of the American people. What I would like to know is, when do we start holding the elected officials responsible for not trying to fix this country's problems?

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painfully honest 10/24/11 - 08:59 pm
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Victor, i have to agree with
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Victor, i have to agree with you about the "do-nothing" republicans currently in office. They definitely seem to be more dedicated to voting "no" than they are to helping the people that they supposedly represent. What is really amazing is that some of the people that they are misrepresenting are so full of hate, that the are OK with it. Talk about "cutting off you nose to spite your face."

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orb 10/25/11 - 02:35 pm
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painfully honest It is

painfully honest

It is "painfully honest" that the "hope and change" person who occupies the White House, and his minions in the Congress, have plunged this country into near bankruptcy. The Republicans in the House are simply saying NO to further destruction of the economy.

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Bruno 10/25/11 - 06:05 pm
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Mr. Reilly wrong on so much

Mr. Reilly wrong on so much in such a short article. Carcraft summed it up well. Painfully honest, if the plan that you put forth is bad and will not help the country then it is proper to vote "no". Many that oppose Obama's policies opposed GWB's also. Many that were outraged at what GWB was doing seem to be just fine with what Obama is doing.
Now GWB is out of office and will never serve again. Obama is the man in the big chair RIGHT NOW and he is the one that should be held accountable.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/26/11 - 11:26 am
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Painfully honest posted: I

Painfully honest posted:

I don't like the fact that the Republicans are looking out for the welfare of their rich buddies. . . .

Well, I don't like it, either. But you've got to admit that the Democrats do the exact same thing.

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