Letters to the editor – Thursday (10-25-2012)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Politicians break trust on spending
David Post’s Oct. 19 article doesn’t make much sense to me. For me, his article is about the inconsistent thinking of politicians rather than the illogical thinking of the poor taxpayer. After all, politicians made the laws about who pays, how much and how long. The Social Security Trust money was just too tempting for politicians over the years, all this money coming in — needing to be spent. And it was spent, so what you have is a Social Security Trust fund with no money, and instead a lot of IOUs politicians cash in to help pay the bills. Where do you think the politicians get the money for these IOUs? Borrowing and this thing called “quantitative easing.” It just means to print more money. 
I’m lost when Mr. Post infers we paid so little into Social Security when people have contributed a lot over a lifetime. Perhaps some of us on Social Security will get back more than we paid in, but where does the fault lie for this? Isn’t this offset to some degree by those who die young and get very little or nothing at all from Social Security? I wonder sometimes how things would look in the Treasury if this money had not been spent. How much money would there really be, in trust, if the money had been invested instead of spent by politicians? 
If you want to make a politician mad, just suggest the present generation could make private donations to their Social Security; this would be money the politicians can’t spend because they can’t get their hands on it. Politicians can’t stand the thought of someone taking away their spending money. If the country is suffering from bad legislation over the past 50 to 80 years, if the country is suffering from over spending today, why should we not blame the present administration? It has done nothing to change the thinking; in fact, it has just been more and more of the same.
— Richard Roberts

Reasons for Romney
Why Romney? Well, let’s see: higher corporate taxes/fewer incentives meaning more lost jobs; “AA” credit rating that’s falling; the highest national debt, budget, and unemployment rates in U.S. history; and the misappropriation of billions in stimulus money to foreign countries like China and 13 green energy companies that filed for bankruptcy afterwards. Having once declared the Constitution a “deeply flawed document,” Obama continues incursions on First Amendment rights of speech and religion as well as the Second and Ninth Amendments (protecting the right to bear arms and rights not specified in the Constitution). He is collectively snubbing Christians and Jews, while catering to the Islamic Brotherhood, believed to be behind many terrorist organizations in the Middle East. We’re facing the rationing of health care and “death panels,” which Steven Rattner, an architect of Obamacare, called “inevitable.”
Declaring two wars without congressional approval, Obama’s “ruling” through “executive mandate only,” refusing cooperation with Congress. He has given national sovereignty away bit by bit to the UN and NATO to create a global government and placed Americans in Benghazi, Libya, which is culturally and religiously antagonistic to America, with no armed protection — after bombing the country and calling it “a kinetic military action.”
Obama’s past is shrouded in secrecy and cannot be openly examined by the public, and the Hollywood/media machine’s need to endorse/raise him to “messianic status” is eerily reminiscent of Hitler and Mussolini for history buffs. The best Obama’s supporters can do is brand anyone who questions his policies “racist,” which is deeply offensive and political bullying at its worst. We’re supposed to be a free society. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
— Kelly D. Stuard-Will

Vote for Motsinger
As we quickly approach the November elections, I want to say how much Elisabeth Motsinger’s representation of our 5th Congressional District would mean to me. Elisabeth Motsinger is a person who cares about her district, her state and her country.
She will take her sworn duty to represent all the people in her district fairly and be able to stand on her principles. Elisabeth is not someone who is going to hold firm to party lines because she has been bullied by party politics.
— J. Dwaine Phifer

Support Battermann
I had the pleasure of meeting the Rev. Bill Battermann at Haven Lutheran Church, where he was our guest minister. He spoke very eloquently, which comes as no surprise after learning not only of his 43 years as a minister, but as a graduate of Harvard University.
In addition to his years preaching God’s word, he has also taught many of our local citizens at both Catawba College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Reverend Battermann knows the value of hard work. His father was a plumber, and his mother was a schoolteacher. He himself worked as a farmer and for Consolidated Freight before graduation.
Reverend Battermann has the qualities that we need in Raleigh. He knows the necessities of Rowan County residents and will do his best to bring jobs to our area, as well as protecting our important agricultural industry.
Most of all, he will listen to our citizens and will use his own moral compass to guide us to a better future for all of Rowan County.
I urge all voters to please vote for Bill Battermann for NC House District 77.
— Melanie Chilson

Endorsement deadline
Letters endorsing candidates in the Nov. 6 election must be received at the Salisbury Post by 5 p.m., Oct. 30.