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8/21/2014 11:04:00 AM
Right Winger response biased and inaccurate


The fact that my recent letter caused the usual right wingers to attack me tells me that it must have hit a nerve. Unfortunately, their responses are as biased and inaccurate as usual.

With regard to their claims that President Obama has exceeded his authority, I'll simply refer to a recent article in the Washington Post that noted, "...for all the accusations of abuse of power, his [Obama's] actual uses of his executive authority so far aren't that far-reaching."

On the other hand, George W. Bush gutted the Presidential Records Act in order to limit access to presidential records. He cut funding for stem cell research through executive order. He used an executive order to authorize the use of torture in violation of the Geneva Conventions. And Ronald Reagan authorized the NSA to collect e-mail and Internet data by executive order.

As the Washington Post article concluded, "how far-reaching these orders are is subjective." According to people like Barber, executive orders are good when they come from a Republican president, but terrible when they're from a Democrat.

As for Barber's claim that Obama has refused to compromise, it wasn't Obama who said, "I reject the word compromise." That was Speaker John Boehner. In fact, Obama nominated more members of the opposition party to his cabinet than any president since World War II. In return, Republicans have opposed his every initiative, even if it was originally their own idea. Obamacare, which Republicans have voted to repeal more than 50 times without offering an alternative, is originally a Republican idea. To address climate change, Obama pushed for a Cap and Trade bill, which Republicans unanimously rejected, even though John McCain campaigned on the idea.

Republicans in the Senate have filibustered legislation during Obama's presidency a record number of times. And the House voted to sue the president for delaying the corporate mandate for one year...a decision almost identical to George W. Bush's executive order delaying implementation of Medicare prescription drug coverage. Indeed, presidents have made similar decisions for generations.

In the Middle East, Barber dismisses the results of democratic elections, saying we should have supported a repressive dictator in the interest of stability. I wonder if Barber would feel the same if that happened here.

Finally, to Jim Barber, if my letter reminded you of Alice in Wonderland, your letters repeatedly remind me of Amityville Horror ... scary, but not particularly believable.

Gary LaMaster


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Article comment by: Alarmed and paying attention

Zero...you said that "many presidents both Democrat and Republican have effectively taken the lead in the mid-East, but after Obama and John Kerry's latest failures, we now see Egypt taking the lead in negotiating a truce between Israel and Hamas." I have a couple of questions for you.

Define "effectively take the lead in the Mideast". I don't recall anything effective coming from any of them as the area continues to be wracked by turmoil, fighting, and general woe. Tentative peace for a few weeks, months, or years is hardle effective.

What is wrong with Egypt taking the lead in negotiating a truce? Let them sort it out. We don't need our hands in it at all.

I am not an apologist for this President or any other, but your attack seems to be without basis.

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014
Article comment by: Obama has zero negotiating skills

Here's a different take than Johnny Johnson's:

Gridlock is unfortunately the best the country can do at the moment. And it's arguably a good thing.

What gridlock does is effectively stop the Obama progressives from further damaging the country.

Arguably, they've already done damage enough, ranging from shoving Obamacare down the country's throat, to the failed economic policies that are impoverishing the country, widening the gap between rich and poor.

Much of the blame rests with Mr. Obama's utter lack of negotiating skills and abilities, and we see ample evidence of that both here and abroad.

At home, compare Obama to another liberal Democrat president, Lyndon Johnson. LBJ was a master dealmaker, and was able to get through congress the great society reforms still with us today. (Some would argue they haven't been very successful, but that's another topic).

Obama, on the other hand, is not trusted by Republicans at all, for good reason: He doesn't faithfully carry out the law.

Abroad, many presidents both Democrat and Republican have effectively taken the lead in the mid-East, but after Obama and John Kerry's latest failures, we now see Egypt taking the lead in negotiating a truce between Israel and Hamas.

Obama et al are utterly sidelined, ineffective and inconsequential. Our national interests are therefore not being sufficiently represented.

This inadequacy reflects the larger timidity and indifference that is at the core of Mr. Obama's narcissistic personality.

At this point, 6+ years into his presidency, Americans have learned from experience that Mr. Obama is very good at political campaigning, but unfortunately for us not much good at anything else.

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Article comment by: Fawn Ing

"The idea that Obama won't discuss or compromise is a fabrication…"

Oh, Mr. Johnson, you are so right!

For example, Obama clearly compromised with insurance companies on the Public Option:

Speaking of fabrication, right-of-far-left PolitiFact® should be held accountable for defamatory assessments of our dear leader's truthfulness:

I believe that anyone who claims Barack Obama is even more dishonest than Al Gore needs to present unequivocal evidence to substantiate that claim.

Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Article comment by: Johnny Johnson

The idea that Obama won't discuss or compromise is a fabrication that only a fool would believe. It would take far too long to address the rest of the lies churned out by the GOP machine. Most wouldn't listen anyway. Worse than the lies is the relentless obstruction which has brought America to a grinding halt, then pointing the finger at Obama. All I have is the hope and faith in our political system that is being sorely tested. I must have faith that our good citizens will think for themselves. Hopefully they and see through the hypocrisy and nonsense and elect people that are willing to work together. We'll see.

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Article comment by: Izzy Lawless

"The Department of Defense (DOD) violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees. Section 8111 prohibits DOD from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer. As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act."


Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Article comment by: Alarmed and paying attention

Tired...please explain. Your comment is little more than shoot from the lip. LaMaster explains his opinions.

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Article comment by: Tired of Hypocrisy

Gary, what is the difference . Your left winger response is just as biased and inaccurate. Well actually a little more so.

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