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2/21/2013 8:01:00 AM
Letter: Letter a deliberate distortion of Democrat views

In a recent letter, Jim Barber of Camp Verde claimed that, “Democrat leadership, including President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and Nancy Pelosi all claim there is no spending problem. I can’t attest to the intelligence of Reid or Pelosi.”

Not only is this factually untrue, it represents a deliberate distortion of the positions those Democrats have taken on the issue of spending.

None of those Democrats has ever said that spending should not be addressed. They have said that spending cuts that undermine the economic security of the working class; poor; elderly; women; minorities and disabled are not acceptable. They are referencing those government programs that form the “social safety net” that protects common, ordinary citizens from economic ravage such as occurred in 2007 during the Bush II, [the war criminal] administration.

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stated, “the solution to Social Security is a simple one. Remove the cap on FICA taxation.”

That assertion was valid then and it is valid now, too. Furthermore, taxing dividend and capital gains income for FICA purposes just like “labor income” would insure the solvency of Social Security forever.

There is a significant difference from the accusation set forth from Mr. Barber and the reality of whether or not the Democrats are willing to cut spending.

Mr. Barber further asserts, “But the president is known to be an intelligent man. Therefore, he must understand what nearly every economist [emphasis added], in the country understands - that our country is headed for financial Armageddon.”

Of course, the assertion that America is headed for “financial Armageddon” is pure, unadulterated partisan piffle and complete political poppycock.

It is stated over and over again, by neoconservatives to engender fear in the American people. Its singular goal is the infusion of fear into the political process to scare the hell out of people to motivate them to return the GOP to power.

Interestingly, when the Bush II administration was engaging in very fiscally irresponsible behavior such as fighting two unfunded wars on “borrowed money”, ignoring the financial fraud of wall street and the banks, and granting fiscally irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy elite that undermined the fiscal security of the nation, we heard nothing from neoconservative parrots about it.

Mr. Barber’s accusation is based upon the faulty assumption that the government must never, ever engage in deficit spending. There is no circumstance in which neoconservatives like Mr. Barber find it justifiable to engage in deficit spending unless that spending is done during the administration of a GOP POTUS.

Furthermore, $11.6 trillion of the $16 trillion debt accumulated by the U.S. government since 1980, was accumulated under the presidencies of GOP POTUS Ronald Wilson Reagan and George W. Bush.

Ronald Wilson Reagan tripled the national debt. George W. Bush, Bush II, doubled the national debt. That debt, derived from military spending [with borrowed money to fund two illegal wars] and tax cuts for the wealthy elite did not bother Mr. Barber one little bit.

That debt was accumulated under the auspices of the faux economic theory called “reaganomics” in which “borrow and spend” was justified as sound fiscal policy because “debt and deficits do not matter” [during GOP administrations].

Every credible economist knows that “borrow and spend” fiscal policy is not only unsustainable it is fiscally irresponsible, too.

Although not popular, tax and spend is much more fiscally responsible than the “borrow and spend” fiscal theory of reaganomics. Ronald Reagan’s very own VP, Bush I, called reaganomics “voodoo economics”. He was right, too.

I will now assert, without any verifiable proof other than my belief, that there is 25 percent waste and fraud in every agency of government including the defense department.

Let us see what kind of savings it gives to us if we accept my assertion [admittedly without verification] and we achieve a 25 percent savings over 10 years by eliminating waste and fraud in government spending. That gives us a savings from waste and fraud in defense spending of $21.5 trillion [with a “T”] over 10 years.

The current national debt is $16 trillion. I have just eliminated the entire national debt and created a $5.5 trillion [with a “T”] surplus from elimination of waste and fraud in the defense department based upon my assertion that 25 percent of defense spending represents waste and fraud.

Moreover, I have achieved this miraculous feat without undermining any of the programs that benefit the working class; poor; elderly; minorities; women or disabled people in America who rely upon government spending for their economic stability.

Furthermore, I have not undermined the national security of the United States because I have merely eliminated the waste and fraud in the defense department without cutting any of the essential funding necessary to achieve that national security.

Interestingly though, the singular thing that neoconservatives refuse to cut is the department of defense. The Military Industrial Complex [MIC] is “the” sacred cow of the GOP, and nothing must be done to prevent the expansion of the MIC domestically or globally.

I guess you could call this ironic. Then again, you could just call it “lacking common sense” because when motivated by GREED [Get Rich Eviscerating Everything Democratic], common sense is the first thing to go out the window.

Moreover, the neoconservative leadership in the GOP renowned for its lack of common sense.

John A. Bond

Cottonwood




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Barber

I doubt that John Bond (“Letter a deliberate distortion of Democrat views”, letters, 2/22/13) will be available to read this response. In the online version of his letter he produced a solution for the Obama administration to wipe out the national debt with a bonus of an extra $5 trillion to spend as they wish. By now, the president has surely called Mr. Bond to Washington to straighten out the Congressional Budget Office and all the other economists who aren’t so clear-eyed. Bond’s method, create a 25% waste and fraud surplus in government (“…without any verifiable proof other than my belief…- his words) and then eliminate it, is pretty much the way Liberals approach most economic problems. For instance, the Census Bureau, mandated to cut costs in 2011, saved $6 billion by cancelling the census that year. No one questioned how they eliminated a census that wasn’t scheduled, since the Constitution mandates a census once every 10 years and the 2010 census had just been completed.
Mr. Bond all but called me a liar for stating that Obama, Reid and Pelosi have all stated that our government “does not have a spending problem.” He must get all his news from presidential “tweets” since Ms. Pelosi, within the last week, told an interviewer nearly those exact words. Or perhaps Mr. Bond hears the words but deciphers different meaning. For instance, when the president says “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem” he interprets that to mean “We aren’t spending too much we just haven’t drained the taxpayers sufficiently to keep up.” Liberal Senator Tom Harkins (D-IA) is blunter in denying excessive spending by the administration. The problem? “We have a mis-allocation of capital – a misallocation of wealth.” In other words, the money is in the wrong hands – the hands of those who earn it.
Mr. Bond reminds us that George H.W. Bush described “Reaganomics” (better described as “trickle-down economics”) as “voodoo economics.” He fails to remind us that Bush embraced the policy as president. Also lacking is a reminder that the Reagan policies ushered in the longest expansion of the American economy in modern history.
Bond maintains that warnings of economic calamity due to spiraling debt are “piffle” and “poppycock.” He then contradicts himself with a truism. “Every credible economist knows that ‘borrow and spend’ fiscal policy is not only unsustainable, it is irresponsible, too.” I might add that his favorite human, Barrack Obama, described it as “unpatriotic”, as well, in a pre-presidential speech. George W. Bush added $4.9 trillion to the debt in his 8 year presidency. Mr. Obama surpassed that in just 3 years and 2 months. Bush raised the percent of debt to GDP from 57.8% to 74.1% in 8 years, a 16.3% increase. Mr. Obama has increased the percentage by 29.8% in 4 years to 103.9% of GDP.
But, like Bond, the president believes there is a never-ending supply of income to tax. Unfortunately, with our total unfunded liabilities currently exceeding $100 trillion, a 100% tax on the “wealthy” (which he arbitrarily sets at $250,000 income) cannot stave off disaster, or even fix the $16.5 trillion official debt. What it would do, however, is reverse our illegal immigration policy. By driving America’s producers out of business – or out of the country – the Mexican government would be building its own fences on the border to keep jobless Americans out.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Barber

I doubt that John Bond (“Letter a deliberate distortion of Democrat views”, letters, 2/22/13) will be available to read this response. In the online version of his letter he produced a solution for the Obama administration to wipe out the national debt with a bonus of an extra $5 trillion to spend as they wish. By now, the president has surely called Mr. Bond to Washington to straighten out the Congressional Budget Office and all the other economists who aren’t so clear-eyed. Bond’s method, create a 25% waste and fraud surplus in government (“…without any verifiable proof other than my belief…- his words) and then eliminate it, is pretty much the way Liberals approach most economic problems. For instance, the Census Bureau, mandated to cut costs in 2011, saved $6 billion by cancelling the census that year. No one questioned how they eliminated a census that wasn’t scheduled, since the Constitution mandates a census once every 10 years and the 2010 census had just been completed.
Mr. Bond all but called me a liar for stating that Obama, Reid and Pelosi have all stated that our government “does not have a spending problem.” He must get all his news from presidential “tweets” since Ms. Pelosi, within the last week, told an interviewer nearly those exact words. Or perhaps Mr. Bond hears the words but deciphers different meaning. For instance, when the president says “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem” he interprets that to mean “We aren’t spending too much we just haven’t drained the taxpayers sufficiently to keep up.” Liberal Senator Tom Harkins (D-IA) is blunter in denying excessive spending by the administration. The problem? “We have a mis-allocation of capital – a misallocation of wealth.” In other words, the money is in the wrong hands – the hands of those who earn it.
Mr. Bond reminds us that George H.W. Bush described “Reaganomics” (better described as “trickle-down economics”) as “voodoo economics.” He fails to remind us that Bush embraced the policy as president. Also lacking is a reminder that the Reagan policies ushered in the longest expansion of the American economy in modern history.
Bond maintains that warnings of economic calamity due to spiraling debt are “piffle” and “poppycock.” He then contradicts himself with a truism. “Every credible economist knows that ‘borrow and spend’ fiscal policy is not only unsustainable, it is irresponsible, too.” I might add that his favorite human, Barrack Obama, described it as “unpatriotic”, as well, in a pre-presidential speech. George W. Bush added $4.9 trillion to the debt in his 8 year presidency. Mr. Obama surpassed that in just 3 years and 2 months. Bush raised the percent of debt to GDP from 57.8% to 74.1% in 8 years, a 16.3% increase. Mr. Obama has increased the percentage by 29.8% in 4 years to 103.9% of GDP.
But, like Bond, the president believes there is a never-ending supply of income to tax. Unfortunately, with our total unfunded liabilities currently exceeding $100 trillion, a 100% tax on the “wealthy” (which he arbitrarily sets at $250,000 income) cannot stave off disaster, or even fix the $16.5 trillion official debt. What it would do, however, is reverse our illegal immigration policy. By driving America’s producers out of business – or out of the country – the Mexican government would be building its own fences on the border to keep jobless Americans out.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

No one can accuse Mr. Bond of not recycling. But how many times must a contrived legacy be recycled before it can finally be buried in the landfill of history?

Certainly an administration with Edwin Meese III as trusted adviser and patrician CIA conniver Bush I as VP was not without flaws. But let us not forget it was the depressingly incompetent Carter and his crew of behavioral micromanagers that made Reagan's election possible.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Jasmine Tea

The fear mongering by both sides, especially Obama and the main stream media is very telling.

Sequestration cuts NOTHING! It says that government only gets to spend 15 billion more than it did last year, there are never any CUTS, just slowing the rate of growth.

Hardworking familes do not get to increase their spendind 10% every year. This is akin to a person gaining 15 pounds a month, then having a month where they gain only ten pounds, and calling it weight loss, WTF?

Furthermore,I don’t recall the things happening last year that Obama says will happen if he does not get his way… and Sequestration ways HIS idea anyway. This is all tripe, both parties are gutless wonders.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: M J

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Juan Bond *

Don Juan Bond brought his trusty steed Yugo to a screeching stop, which made his dented and crinkled tin foil hat on top of his head shift to an odd angle.

"Look there!," exclaimed Don Juan Bond, pointing at an environmentally approved wind turbine that wasn't moving ..... "An evil giant racist conservative!!!!"

"But .... but ...... ," stammered Salbo his loyal and faithful companion, "it's only an approved and environmentally safe wind turbine .... that doesn't seem to be moving ...." Salbo muttered the last under his breath.

"NOoooo, evil corporate conservative radio waves have put a spell on you Salbo, and have blinded you to the Truth!!! I tell you ... it's an evil giant racist conservative full of Greed!!! You must put your anti-conservative radio wave hat on!!!" Don Juan Bond screamed the last at the top of his voice.

"OOOO, all right," Salbo said, reluctantly putting his own dented and crinkled tin foil hat on top of his head.

Hopping out of his trusty steed Yugo, Don Juan Bond reached into his pocket and took out his magical transformation device.

"Do not worry," yelled Don Juan Bond, "I will save humanity with this magical transformation device!!!!"

"What are you doing with my television remote," Salbo asked.

"NOooo, the evil corporation Fox News has put another spell on you Salbo, and has blinded you to the Truth!!! I tell you ... that's an evil giant racist conservative full of Greed, and this magical transformation device will change it into something gooooooooood !!!!!"

Salbo looked at the wind turbine and said, "You could be right!" Salbo's dented and crinkled tin foil hat sparkled in the sunlight.

Don Juan Bond pointed his magical transformation device at the evil racist conservative giant and started mashing buttons.

"Gadzooks," Don Juan Bond exclaimed, "it's not working!!!!"

"No #!*x!," his rotund and faithful companion Salbo said, "it's my TV remote."

"Another spell put on us by the evil corporation Fox News," Don Juan Bond said ignoring Salbo's remark. "Quickly, back into my trusty steed Yugo, I know an Earth-mother in distress who can fix our magical transformation device!!!"

Don Juan Bond climbed into Yugo, which bent his tin foil hat so that the top half was sadly at a 90 degree angle. Don Juan Bond put the key into the ignition switch and turned the key.

rrrrr rrrr rrrrrr .... rrrrr rrrr rrrrrr

"Double gadzooks!!! Evil and greedy rich people have put a spell on Yugo now !!!!! What will we do !!!!" Don Juan Bond screamed.

"Let's get a jump," Salbo said.

Upon hearing this, Don Juan Bond got out of his trusty steed Yugo and jumped in the air. Nothing happened.
To be continued .....

* apologies to Cervantes


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: For the birds!

This letter is a CLEAR example of critical thinking.

Jim Barber could use an education.

Parrots can do what he does.

Now all they got to do is make friends with Engler to get column space.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Is that for me, Nutso?

Somehow I think it is. (grin)

To answer your question: For one thing, I never vote for people whose values are defined by money signs. This is why I love the times we are in -- no mistaking them anymore, they're waving their flags fast and furiously for all to see. I heard a comment recently that "the only purpose the GOP serves is the preservation of the wealthy". I couldn't agree more.

And I DO vote for people who, at the very LEAST, seem to have hearts with blood beating through them and express at least an honest intention to do right by EVERYone's basic needs. At least as best they can with corporate-monarchy personnel threatening them with heaven knows what all. And when I hear or read words that attempt to invalidate those who, for whatever reason, have not managed to take care of themselves, I consider it my responsibility to speak up and hold a mirror to that arrogance, and hope that person catches just how ugly a place they're speaking from. Especially when I see those who insist on core equality being characterized as "envious" of the wealth and self-sufficiency others have managed to garner. Do they seriously not get how incredibly untrue, shallow and just plain juvenile-mean that is?

Hope that answers your questions.

I also do my best to ensure the well-being of everyone in my personal circle, at least those I have some capacity to do so with. And I now know the importance of taking care of my own self, so that I don't become a useless martyr by wanting so much to serve others I neglect myself. Learned that one the hard way.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Hey Hammering,

Why is it you sound like that guy in Prescott that conservatives PAY to make anonymous PROPAGANDA postings?

TROLL much?


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Mr. Hammer, please tell what YOU do to ensure that the basic needs and well-being of your fellow humans are met?

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

No one can accuse Mr. Bond of not recycling. But how many times must a contrived legacy be recycled before it can finally be buried in the landfill of history?

Certainly an administration with Edwin Meese III as trusted adviser and patrician CIA conniver Bush I as VP was not without flaws. But let us not forget it was the depressingly incompetent Carter and his crew of behavioral micromanagers that made Reagan's election possible.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Hey Hammer

Yep, just keep on hammering away there at what separates genuine human beings from those who see money and financial status as the most valuable and important things in life... Those of us who haven't sold our souls and consciences appreciate seeing these lines being so clearly drawn. Having everyone's true colors laid out so plainly makes everything easier.

One can only pray for someone who sees the word "fairness" as an ugly one.

Sure do hope you never need the help of others, at any point in your life. Hopefully if you do, you'll cross paths only with people who happily see ensuring that the basic needs and well-being of their fellow humans are met as part of THEIR responsibility.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Liberals are hammering middle class

It would be a huge step forward for Democrats to start acting responsibly on the budget, economy, and debt issues this country faces.

Unfortunately, we are not seeing that.

Instead, we are seeing a president not act in good faith with Republicans, who are the only adults in the room holding the line on the irresponsible spending blowout brought about by Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.

The priority of Obama and the liberal Democrats is single minded: expand the socialistic entitlement state, from cradle to grave. It matters not if their policies whack the economy and put millions out of work.

It matters not that their policies hurt most the people they are ostensibly trying most to help: women, minorities, youth. That's in fact what's happening. Very sad.

The middle class is being hammered, and it's because of the short-sighted irresponsible economic policies pushed by the liberal Democrats.

But these liberals are clueless. Best evidence: Bond's letter above.

To these people, it's all about "fairness". Blame. Class warfare. And envy.


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Mr. Bond,
This is the best letter I've seen you write, and I'm not a Democrat. But alas, there is no enlightenment in the world that can overcome the bitter, seething, racist, irrational, class-warfare hatred that these Tea-Baggers hold in their hearts.

All you have to do to see it fleshed out is to watch their favorite conspiracy channel (FOX). It is one train wreck after another of GOP lawmakers competing to make the most outrageous remarks so they can get face-time on their propaganda channel.

Besides their insatiable desire to control everyone's lives, these Tea-baggers are some very miserable, unhappy people. Can you imagine what a drag any of these curmudgeons would be at a party!


Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

All politicians pay should be frozen until a balanced budget is passed.The days of Kings,
Queens,And the attitude of to big to be held
accountable needs to end.
Pelosi said it shouldn't happen as it would undermine the dignity of the office.What dignity?


Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Peter Yavapai County

Well, if Congress continues to fail to do their job, the back up "plan" will cut federal spending immediately (sequestration). About 7% of the Pentagon budget will disappear overnight. Apparently this will result in furloughs of civilian employees. Translation: $ billions less spent on government. If spending is not increased over time, the Pentagon will adjust either by eliminating waste, or by increasing efficiency, or probably both.

It appears that our Congress can no longer agree about what to cut, so the cuts must be "across the board" and scheduled in advance. Now the question is: Why do we need Congress?



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