A Christmas Carol;"Fair Game"; Ishmael Reed’s New York Times Op-Ed; Beware the Evil Republicans
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol may become an even more relevant tale as people cope with what is expected to be an economically bleak holiday season. Fast forward to 2010, and America is in an acute economic crisis. There are a number of similar themes, including the increasing gap between the rich and poor. People in the working class are losing their homes or struggling to heat their homes, and we're going into the holiday season with anticipated layoffs and high unemployment. For many, it looks like a pretty dreary Christmas.
The message in A Christmas Carol also says it's not just good enough to donate money, but individuals need to get involved, as Scrooge learns in the end. This is a message we can all keep in mind this year. You never lose by giving.
Ted Rudow III,MA
Ishmael Reed’s New York Times Op-Ed
Ishmael Reed’s Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes (Dec. 12: p.10) criticizing progressives for objecting to Obama’s donation of millions to the billion
aires appears to counter what the not so progressive Black Caucus stated. They are opposed to the economic plan of shifting more money from the people to the banks. Barbara Lee read the statement on KPFA, the station where Reed announced his recent awards event in Berkeley. Ishmael Reed could read or listen to that statement and also peruse the article in the same issue of the NY Times on the secret nine banks who manage derivative billions. (Dec 12: p.1) Economics doesn’t seem to be Reed’s best subject but he can still bone up on it. If a news article isn’t easy enough to understand then the visual of Obama leaving the podium to Bill Clinton, the hotshot who pushed NAFTA through to ruin Mexican farmers and undermined welfare in the US, should be clear enough. Bush asked Tony Blair to speak to the Congress on the Iraq war and Obama asked Clinton to speak to the press on the class war. How cool can Obama get while he freezes out the lower middle and lower class folks who voted for him?
R.G. Davis,Ph. D,
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Beware the Evil Republicans
Yes Virginia, Republicans in your state, and in many other states, want
to repeal the new health care bill. The GOP has also been trying to do the same
with Medicare and Social Security since their inception. What have Republicans
got against well run government programs? Thanks to saner minds in the past,
you're still receiving your Social Security check every month and Medicare
The rest of the industrialized world enjoy universal health care from
birth to death. Is this bad, can all these countries be wrong? If you're Fox
News, Republicans and the Tea Party it's bad. If they had their way 300 million
Americans will lose the opportunity for health care reform and eventual
universal health coverage.
Evil stalks the land in the form of the Republican Party who have
aspirations to deny you the health care coverage you so rightly deserve; and, if
the GOP can find a way to dismantle Social Security and Medicare they will.
Are you listening America! The 50 million Americans who benefit from
these programs seem oblivious to the intentions of the GOP.
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