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April 26, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Republicans will win the next election

With unemployment still high, the war in Afghanistan still raging, the economy still somewhat stagnant and a new scandal popping up almost every day, I believe President Barack Obama has done what can be described as a less-than-desirable job.

From Day One, Republicans have worked against Obama every step of the way. This is a shrewdly calculated plan for the future.

It is almost certain that the Republicans will retain control of the House in the 2014 elections while gaining control of the Senate.

As a result, the conservative Congress will, as always, take a wait-and-see attitude.

In 2016, regardless of who the Democrats put up to run in the presidential election, it is almost a no-brainer that the Republicans will win the election, even with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as their standard bearers.

All the Republicans have to do for the next eight years is cry “Considering the mess Barack Obama left us, how can anyone expect us to fix anything in only one or two terms?”

A perfect storm to say the least.

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  1. "From Day One, Republicans have worked against Obama every step of the way. This is a shrewdly calculated plan for the future."

    It's a plan for the future of the Republican Party not the future of the country. We'll see if the voters will reward them for this neglect.

    This letter could have been written (and probably was) prior to the 2012 election. If the GOP didn't learn anything from 2012, future election results are unlikely to go their way.

  2. One can only hope that the Republicans will take control of the government, and put the nation out of is misery.

  3. I don't know with certainty what party and who will win the White House in 2016. But I know this: The next three years under the current president won't make the next president's job easier. On the contrary, it will make it more difficult. Three qualities are needed in a president: Experience, leadership and integrity. Hopefully, the next president, regardless of party, will have all of them. These qualities will be needed more than ever before after this presidential term is over.

    Carmine D

  4. Future: Your post 5:33 AM: "if Susan "Ms Video" Rice talks Obama into arming the rebels in Syria where Assad is winning after a genocide of 80,000 people. WH discussions continue as we watch."

    The U.S. will do two things that it should have done a long time ago. Lethal aid to the Syrian rebels who oppose Bashar al-Assad. With military assistance from Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah, Assad has solidified his regime and strong hold on the government and in the region. The U.S. will supply weapons to the rebels and implement a no-fly zone over Syria. I just hope and pray it's not too late. 80,000 murdered. Each innocent death is a sin that cries out to heaven.

    Carmine D

  5. "The letter writer is living in the same bubble that Future, Carmine, Bobby Jack, and several other live in..."

    One of the advantages of the bubble is that we can't/don't drink the Koolaid like you and your crowd.

    Carmine D

  6. After 8 years of the Bush/Cheney administration's policy of failure,which left the country in sad shape in every category of government. The Republican party actually has nothing to work with and blames all the country's ills on the Obama administration.

    They the Republican's can only hope to create a scandal in hopes of winning the 2014 midterm elections.They have nothing else to offer except to blame everything on the Democrats, and not work with them in anyway for the better of the country.

    Meanwhile former Pres.G.W.Bush and his failed administration left their mark on the direction the country is currently in.The Republicans for the most part want us to stay in this God awful situation.

    They act as though former Pres.G.W.Bush never existed,and the 2 wars, the economy,the banking and stock market near collapse,along with the housing bubble were all created under The Obama administration,instead of the other way around.

    A major scandal is the only hope for the Republicans,so they think.

  7. President Bush, as bad as you may think he was, NEVER EVER told his senior staff, advisors and Cabinet members to take the 5th Amendment. On the contrary, Bush told them to TELL THE TRUTH! That's integrity.

    Carmine D

  8. The only good thing Former Pres.G.W.Bush ever did was to stay out of the limelight after his disgraceful Presidency ended.The Republican party wants nothing to do with him Or Cheney. The reasons are to numerous to mention,but the world knows why.

  9. I would add then...Bush did AT LEAST one thing right as president [told his people to tell the truth] and as former president [stayed out of politics].

    Carmine D

  10. "Should I just take your word for that?"

    I don't care what you take.
    Carmine D

  11. CarmineD - "President Bush, as bad as you may think he was, NEVER EVER told his senior staff, advisors and Cabinet members to take the 5th Amendment. On the contrary, Bush told them to TELL THE TRUTH! That's integrity."

    That simply is not true. As I suspected we have another comment by a misinformed "patriot".

    During the Bush Admin:

    "Monica Goodling, an aide to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served under George W. Bush, invoked her rights and refused to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007 about the administration's firing of eight U.S. attorneys for their political leanings."

    "Former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay asserted his rights before the Senate Commerce Committee in February 2002, declining to answer questions about the energy company's bankruptcy that was recognized as one of the largest in American history, because of company executives' practice of hiding profit losses and debt. Lay was eventually found guilty of several federal charges, but he died before he could serve his eventual sentence."

    During the Reagan Admin:

    "While before the House Banking Committee in November 1989, Charles Keating, the former owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan, invoked his rights and refused to answer questions during a hearing on one of the largest failures of a savings institution. Committee members accused Keating of successfully delaying the closing of the company for two years. The federal government took over the company, costing U.S. taxpayers $2 billion."

    "In the midst of a congressional investigation into whether the U.S. used weapons sales to Iran to funnel profits to rebel groups in Nicaragua, Lt. Col. Oliver North and National Security Adviser John Poindexter invoked their Fifth Amendment rights, originally refusing to testify before the Senate committees leading the investigation in 1986. North would later testify before a joint congressional committee, where he admitted to lying about the controversy."

  12. The GOP/Tea Party will continue having a hard time in future elections. They can't help themselves, it's the DNA. Bobby Jindal saw that when he said, "We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults." "We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."

    Todd Akin - "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

    Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson - "the KKK did not do nearly as much to destroy black life as Planned Parenthood."

    Rep. Paul Broun - "If ObamaCare passes, that free insurance card that's in people's pockets is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the war between the states -- the Great War of Yankee Aggression."

    South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer - "My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better."

    Michele Bachmann - "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?"

    Rep. Lamar Smith - "The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias."

    South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts (R), claiming that his Republican rival in the South Carolina governor's race, Nikki Haley, has been set up by a network of Sikhs - "She's a f**king raghead. We got a raghead in Washington; we don't need one in South Carolina. She's a raghead that's ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons."

    "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."

  13. "Carmine...

    Relax! Your blood pressure is way too high for a person of your advanced age."

    I gave blood recently. It was 127/75.

    Carmine D

  14. "Showdown between Congress and President Bush on subpoenaing executive branch staff

    On March 15, 2007, the Senate Judiciary Committee authorized committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to subpoena five Justice Department officials, including Kyle Sampson, Michael Elston, William Mercer, Monica Goodling, and Michael Battle. It also authorized Leahy to compel six of the U.S. Attorneys -- Bud Cummins, David Iglesias, Carol Lam, John McKay, Paul Charlton, and Daniel Bogden -- to testify should the committee want to talk to them again. [8]

    That day the committee debated but postponed a vote on subpoenaing current and former top White House officials former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and Deputy White House Counsel William Kelly. [9] In the days following the meeting Republican and Democratic members of the committee traded barbs. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) equated the efforts to "a political witch hunt" in an interview on March 18. Leahy countered later that day by stating that the decision to subpoena was ultimately his and that he was "sick and tired of getting half-truths" from the White House on this issue. [10]"

    Carmine D

  15. ""Former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay asserted his rights"

    "President Bush, as bad as you may think he was, NEVER EVER told his senior staff, advisors and Cabinet members to take the 5th Amendment."

    Mr. Lay does not qualify.

    Carmine D

  16. "Monica Marie Goodling (born August 6, 1973) is a former United States government lawyer and Republican[1] political appointee in the George W. Bush administration who is best known for her role in the controversy about possible politically motivated firings of several United States Attorneys in 2007. She was the principal deputy director of public affairs for the United States Department of Justice, serving under Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales. A Department of Justice investigation concluded that she had violated the law, but she was not prosecuted because she had been granted immunity in exchange for her testimony. The Virginia State Bar publicly reprimanded Goodling in May 2011 for having "improperly utilized political affiliation and other political considerations when making hiring decisions for career positions."[2]

    Carmine D

  17. Bush's favorable ratings are up because American voters have memory problems. Bush hit a rock bottom rating of just 22%, I don't ever remember Americans having such a low opinion of a president other than Tricky Dick Nixon. I have little doubt years from now historians will look back at Bush as the man who damaged the country and Obama as the man who tried to save it in spite of his opposition.

  18. Republicans might make some gains but not sure about those abandoning ship and doing the RINO thing. Pretending to be somewhat conservative but riding the liberal agenda--amnesty, give aways, social welfare, war after war after war, U.S. military presence EVERYWHERE, "health" INSURANCE (note, not health CARE) for everyone who wanders into the country.... There may be a strong backlash AGAINST the liberal agenda including against those who SELL OUT citizens and the country in favor of illegals, foreign countries, "civil" wars.....

  19. LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED American citizens. Dying off many by suicide while our government programs "help" everybody else.

  20. RefNV,
    "Sam,your posts are starting to resemble Vidi's,El lobo's and last Throes.Is this hot weather getting to you friend? LOL all the best to you Sam."

    I will take that as a compliment as I always thought that all three wrote far better and more detailed posts then I. Hope all is well with you,and that you continue to show progress with your health issues.

    You have proven yourself to be a strong fighter with a lot of life yet to live.Your great attitude about family and friends is what's keeping you on this planet,long after guys like me are gone.Stay well my friend,Sam

  21. Chuck333,

    "Sam I got good news for ya.Reps don't need to create a scandal the Dems are doing a good enough job of it all by themselves."

    I guess I should have spelled it out in a little more detail.What The Reps are looking for is a WATERGATE type scandal,and it just isn't there.But that won't stop them from trying,as they don't know which way to go.They are in a tough spot.

    It's been said many times all is fair in love and war,and we should not forget to include politics as well.

  22. I'm not sure I can agree with your 9:38 a.m. post VernosB (vernos branco): "Bush's favorable ratings are up because American voters have memory problems."

    I, for one, have been more satisfied with Bush's performance over the past 4 years than I ever was at anytime during the preceding EIGHT years.

  23. Chuck333:

    Thank you.

    Contrary to the poster who stupidly attributes my youthful blood pressure readings to Obama care, they are, more realistically, despite it [Obama care].

    Carmine D

  24. RefNv Freeman:

    George W's approval ratings, always high with GOP at 80 plus, have risen among Indies and Dems!!

    It's the perspective of history. Americans can now compare the former president George W. to the current President Obama and say...we miss him [George W.]. Actually says more about Obama than W.

    Carmine D

  25. 100/60 when I'm upset. Symptomatic lbp, occasional fainting.