Originally created 02/04/05

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty



The Chronicle just can't keep from calling Democrats disloyal.

In the Feb. 2 editorial ("Democrats' 'prebuttal' "), Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the U.S. House, and Harry Reid, minority leader of the Senate, were called just that for speaking out against two scams that as loyal Americans they refuse to endure. One is the poison spread by the president that there is a crisis in Social Security. The second is the president's prediction that all will be well in Iraq now that elections were held, and if Iraqi forces are better trained.

Pelosi pointed out that there is no crisis in Social Security, unless you call 50 years from now a ticking time bomb for the need for change. She pointed out that in order for the president's program to work, benefits would have to be cut 50 percent and trillions of dollars would have to be poured into the new system. Pelosi is not a "bleater," as The Chronicle characterized her, but a poised and great leader of the House democrats who stands up to the Bush crowd, looks them in the eye, and tells it how it is. ...

Reid is not happy with the dead and wounded soldiers in Iraq who gave their lives for false premises of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear mushroom clouds and a host of fatal errors, such as improper armament and lack of boots on the ground. Why should Democrats believe Bush now, especially since history has shown that insurgencies do not stop when elections are held when a country is deeply divided? ...

Pelosi and Reid are great Americans, and as far as challenging the president, they and other Democrats will speak their minds. This is the loyal thing to do. Republicans and The Chronicle may think they speak for all of this country, they better get over that.

Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

(Editor's note: The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)