Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2193, September 12th, 2012

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During the rest of this Presidential campaign you will be hearing debates about Social Security and American’s responsibility to it and for it. Wil Toole recently shared some thoughts on the subject with the local newspapers and we decided to run those comments for today’s “Write On Wednesday. 
The fact that many don't consider Social Security and Medicare as simply an entitlement but rather as life and death issues speaks volumes for what the American people see as necessities of life. It drives me nuts that working people actually defend the move by conservative Republicans to destroy these programs as we know them. They have actually taken on an effort to change the meaning of the word entitlement as we have always known it. To me, entitlement means that I earned and deserve something and I'm entitled to it. The Republican Conservatives have changed that definition to mean welfare for some other form of handout that we don't deserve or didn't work for. Entitlement means we earned it and don't let the representatives of the 1% tell you anything different. . The Republican PR spin on the Paul Ryan budget backed by Mitt Romney is designed to lull our country's seniors into accepting their plan because their selling point is that it does not affect anyone over age 55. That isn't a selling point, it is a prediction of life style destruction for our children and grandchildren. . Economist are telling us that our children and grandchildren will not live as well as we do and personally, I know people who could not survive without both programs and I want those to come after us to live a decent life. I don't understand how these go along working class conservative wannabe's don't scream about the cost of war or the cost of sending money to other countries in the form of foreign aide or the no bid military contracts but they want to take from us and give to others. What are they thinking? . As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, why can't we put us first and others second? Why should we suffer any loss in life sustaining programs? Wake up people, wake up before its too late. I heard Paul Ryan in a video saying he thinks Americans should have the same benefits and pay for the same benefits that Congress has. OK Mr Ryan but how about if you take a pay cut to that of the average American? Why are Congress members entitled to such large salaries? He has been on the taxpayer's ride for so long that he actually thinks that's how Americans live. Wake up people! The're coming for us. 
Wil Toole is a former City Administrator and citizen activist who writes regular opinion pieces for daily newspapers in the Letters Section. 


At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“…I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.—I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world [but England] where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen?—On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. --Benjamin Franklin

How prophetic was Ben Franklin? With much of Europe going broke and the United States on the same path, it seems the cost of making people reliant on government is what matters most.

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,
On the day of 9/11, an anniversary none of us will forget, we have yet another tragedy.
The US Ambassador to Libya has been murdered, along with three others, the sleeping giant of Islamic terror has once again awoken,thanks to the inept foreign policy of the Obama Administration.
When Pres. Elect Romney last Summer cautioned the use of the term "Arab Spring" well, I guess even you ingrates can understand the details of his reason for that statement, so i won't go into it in detail. Certainly the events of the last 24 hours have had a horrific impact on all of us. ONce again 9/11 will be observed but each year, but unfortunately, not just 9/11 2001 but also 2012.
We need strong conservative foregin policy leadership and Pres. Elect Romney will ensure it. Perhaps John Bolton as Secy. of State? Or, even Dick Cheney (should his health allow it).
But as today is a mournful one, I won't display the lack of class that the Democrats have and attempt to make political hay out of the debacle.
Before closing class today, would you please all bow your heads and join me in a moment of silent prayer in memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other gallant Americans who met their fate at the hands of the Islamic Brotherhood....................................................................................................
Thank You.
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Toole,
Thoughtful and concise comments.
This should bring the the "Know Nothings" after you in force. I've read Lulac long enough to be able to predict who they will be. To their credit they sign their remarks however misguided and probably honestly believe in them.
And thats the way its supposed to be in this country. We have the right to disagree. I agree with you,Sir.

Carey Avenue Jack

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya was the work of a fringe, extremist group, not the people of Libya. In fact, as the attack took place, Benghazi residents actually took it upon themselves to defend our embassy and carried injured American diplomats to nearby hospitals, including Ambassador Stevens, though he tragically passed. It is imperative to remember that those who attacked our outpost do not represent Islam nor the people of Libya. I stand with and thank those that helped our people to safety, and stand with President Obama and Secretary Clinton in solidarity as those responsible are found and brought to justice.

Casey Evans

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Wil Toole. He talks about "lifestyle destruction" if Social Security or Medicare are reformed. Yet he offers no solution for these bankrupt programs. What would the "lifestyle destruction" look like when they assuredly disappear before our children and grandchildren ever reach the age when they can enjoy the benefits. (edited)


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