Democrats leading our nation to ruin

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There has been a serious injustice committed against our military by Democrats, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

As soon as the Democrats took over the majority, they displayed a reckless disregard for our country and our servicemen and women. Their continual assaults against our president are contemptible at best.

Recently, Democrats refused to pass a bill to give needed money to support our combat troops overseas. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, according to the news, had to lay off contractors to make up for the loss of money denied by the Democrats. It was reported that Pelosi said the issue would not be addressed again until January, leaving the troops twisting in the wind.

The fact that our military personnel are being used by the Democrats to make the president suffer is not only deplorable, but it is an act of treason.

By refusing to back our president and support troops in a time of war, power-crazed Democrats have committed a serious abuse of power.

Instead of acting in the best interest of our country and our troops, Democrats have chosen to act in the interest of their party, while trying to undermine Republicans.

The Democrats have belittled a seated president at every turn. They have refused to take seriously the fact that our country is at war against a deadly enemy.

What really gets my goat is how our country picks its leaders. Cops have to be certified to carry a gun. Doctors, lawyers, electricians and plumbers need licenses to practice their trades. Yet politicians, who have control of an entire country and its people, don't need any credentials. Any nut job with backing can get into politics and lead our country into oblivion -- like the aforementioned Democrats.

There should be new qualification guidelines implemented in our Constitution for politicians to seek office. As for Reid and Pelosi, they should be recalled.

Gregory J. Topliff, Warrenville, S.C.

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Former Augustan
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Former Augustan 12/03/07 - 01:27 am
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Mr. Topliff - you sir, are a

Mr. Topliff - you sir, are a XXXXX

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 05:04 am
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Mr Topliff, you have the

Mr Topliff, you have the answer to your dilemma in your letter. "Any nut job with backing can get into politics" means that the people represented by the politician backed him. Politics. As far as the "nut job" goes, that's called "different strokes". While many don't agree with the current dem leadership (lowest approval and highest disapproval ratings ever), enough do to keep them in power. Only the voting booth can remove them. Whining won't do it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 06:05 am
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John Murtha, the Penn. dem

John Murtha, the Penn. dem that has spent the last 5 years bad mouthing America, the military and President Bush, has finally gone to Iraq to gain some knowledge of the subject he most often whines about. He returned and said, "the surge is working". Amazing! As recently as last week he was yelling that the pentagon was not to be trusted about Iraq news. Well, in a couple of days he'll have a new p.o.v. ... the old p.o.v. . Politics.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 06:09 am
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A recent Gallup pole asked

A recent Gallup pole asked voters about their sanity. Only about 58% of Republicans said they had good mental health while a full 43% of independents and 38% of dems said they did. No one can figure out why the number for dems is so high. I guess some anomalies are difficult to understand. (this could be a good time for tolerance.)

JimCox
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JimCox 12/03/07 - 07:19 am
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If 200,000 government

If 200,000 government contractors get laid off in the coming weeks, the dems will lose elections in wholesale fashion next year and throw us into a full blown recession.

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 07:21 am
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As is typical in politics

As is typical in politics one comment of a statement is pulled out for political gain. Here's Murtha's statement:
U.S. Rep. John Murtha today said he saw signs of military progress during a brief trip to Iraq last week, but he warned that Iraqis need to play a larger role in providing their own security and the Bush administration still must develop an exit strategy.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07333/837824-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 07:22 am
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win or lose the dems try to

win or lose the dems try to throw us into a recession every time they get a chance. It's good for "victim" politics.

shivas
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shivas 12/03/07 - 07:36 am
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You are right! Our president

You are right! Our president and the republican party prove your point regarding any "nut" job can get elected. Patriciathomas still cannot accept that America prospered economically like never before during President Clinton's 8 years. America was looked-up to around the world, and we were stronger than any nation. We has a nation that led. Mr. Bush and his incompetent and failed republicans have rolled the clock back on our proserity and image, and the American public is not falling for the blame the democrats game. Next November the American people will have an opportunity to speak. Failed republicans and their blame game. I guess this is the strategy they'll have for the rest of the election year.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 08:51 am
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shivas, I love your sense of

shivas, I love your sense of humor. Inverse historical rhetoric is a hoot. Almost as funny as your lack of understanding of the national economic picture and who we want to be respected by.

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 08:57 am
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If the U.S. goes into

If the U.S. goes into recession, it will be in large part due to the housing bust. Where were the government regulations that were needed to control the shady dealings of the mortgage business? Allowing predatory lending companies to operate unchecked has resulted in the record number of foreclosures. This is a prime example of why the government needs to step in and regulate a business.

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 12/03/07 - 08:58 am
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No one knows as much about

No one knows as much about everything in the newspaper as patriciathomas. Why don't you get a life?

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 09:03 am
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yeah, Shivas,you have quite

yeah, Shivas,you have quite the sense of humor. If you're in the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans, the economy is great. And respect, who needs respect? As our fearless leader said, "Either you're with us or against us." And don't forget, "Bring 'em on."

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:05 am
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Interested Citizen, I notice

Interested Citizen, I notice you're posting. I also notice you don't have much to say. No wonder you're intimidated.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:09 am
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teharper428, I agree it's to

teharper428, I agree it's to easy to take advantage of the uninformed and way to many people fall for the "something for nothing" sales pitch. However, a house is a huge purchase, wouldn't you think more people would try to know more about their investment them the apparent millions that were taken advantage of. "Beware the money changers" has been out there for a long time.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:10 am
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Also shivas, if you're in the

Also shivas, if you're in the top 1% you're paying 29% of the taxes. Who wants to be respected by socialists? Socialists. teharper, don't forget the >5 years of unemployment under 4.5%, and that's with 20million illegals taking jobs. Suffering economically is different for Americans than for most of the world. Maybe that's why EVERYONE is trying to move here.

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 09:18 am
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Patricia, you don't think we,

Patricia, you don't think we, as a nation, should establish regulations to keep the greedy, unethical businesses from taking advantage of folks? I feel we should protect our fellow citizens. We're all in this together. I thought we were a nation of laws, with a constitution for the betterment of our citizens.

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dashiel 12/03/07 - 09:25 am
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Interested Citizen, you speak

Interested Citizen, you speak for many of us. Such a sack of hot gas, another Rush wannabe in the Chronicle echo chamber.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:26 am
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teharper, I'm just wary of

teharper, I'm just wary of any government regulations, even when they're needed. The usual overreaction of the bureaucratic brute is usually more expensive then the abuse of the greedy businessmen.

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coco rubio 12/03/07 - 09:27 am
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blah, blah, blah......thanks

blah, blah, blah......thanks for proving what's really wrong with our political system......2 parties that balance each other out......leaving us with nothing.....thanks!

coco rubio
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coco rubio 12/03/07 - 09:27 am
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blah, blah, blah......thanks

blah, blah, blah......thanks for proving what's really wrong with our political system......2 parties that balance each other out......leaving us with nothing.....thanks!

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 09:35 am
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Patricia, I guess that all

Patricia, I guess that all depends on which end of the greed you are. For example, all these unsafe products from China imported to the U.S., don't you think there should be more consumer protection? How many people have to be harmed before the greed is reined in?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:38 am
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dashiel, thank you, but I'm

dashiel, thank you, but I'm hardly of the "Rush" caliber. I am aware of my surroundings though. That may be what you call hot air.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 12/03/07 - 09:41 am
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shivas, go back to school

shivas, go back to school

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:41 am
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teharper, the protection laws

teharper, the protection laws are in place and the importers are to be held responsible for the products they offer for retail. I feel a series of class action suites, or what ever the government can eventually come up with to enforce the laws, should be used to punish the offenders. It's not against the law to make those products in China or to even ship them here, The law was broken when the suppliers sent them to the stores for retail distribution.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:44 am
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blah, blah, blah, ? coco, you

blah, blah, blah, ? coco, you ought to think about joining toastmasters. Good stuff.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 09:49 am
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I see where many dogs are

I see where many dogs are being left at forclosed homes. Now PETA is attacking the greedy bankers too. From what I've heard, the greedy bankers may also have something to do with this drought. Those greedy bankers have caused a lot of problems this year and apparently no one else is responsible. Bad bankers, bad.

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johnsmith 12/03/07 - 09:57 am
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Interesting excerpt from

Interesting excerpt from Steyn's new book. I don't expect many liberals to read it, 'cause it takes some time, attention, focus, willingness to look at actual facts instead of theoretical frameworks. You know, all that bad stuff that my poor, little underpowered conservative brain relies on to make sense of the world...

http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=
20061023_134898_134898&source

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johnsmith 12/03/07 - 10:02 am
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Mr. Topliff, I strongly

Mr. Topliff, I strongly disagree with two of your points. Number one, it is NOT treason for Democrats to vote to de-fund the war. It is their Constitutional obligation to authorize all spending, and they are free to refuse to authorize this spending. This is a debate that goes back to TR, and the Constitution could not be more plain. Issue #2 "Yet politicians, who have control of an entire country and its people, don't need any credentials." Your premise is a faulty one, and the fact that it is shared by the vast majority of the ignorant masses in this country does not make it any more true. Govt derives its authority (not control) from the just consent of the governed. The fact that the sheeple are too stupid to throw the bums out of office, does not mean that they "have control." It means that they EXERCISE control, because the people are too lazy to get rid of those who abuse their power. We could replace the entire govt, at all levels--federal, state, local--in no more than 6 years if we chose. We do not do so, nor do we pressure our "representatives" in any meaningful way to uphold the very simple, easy-to-read founding documents by which they take their oaths of office.

teharper428
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teharper428 12/03/07 - 10:04 am
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Then how are so many unsafe

Then how are so many unsafe products getting through? Apparently something needs to be done to either enforce the laws that already exist or strengthen them.
According to Senator DeMint, the most effective method of guaranteeing the safety of goods is through self-imposed monitoring standards by private industries and businesses. His theory is that the consumer will act as the ultimate regulators through their purchasing power. And my question back to Senator DeMint was, how many people will be harmed before that can take affect? One person harmed from unsafe products is one too many.
I know, I know, I got off topic. Sorry. I will shut up now.

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sid2279 12/03/07 - 10:05 am
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@patriciathomas: Why do you

@patriciathomas: Why do you try so hard to protect the powerful and wealthy? I understand that it can be argued that they fought hard to get where they are, but why should we throw so much our protection to those rather than the masses who turn the cogs of the economy?
I really don't want a flame answer, just a heads up. I'm merely interested in both sides of the story.

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