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Letters to the Editor - October 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012 - 10:48:58 AM

Many agree, few articulate
Great column--thank you for saying what many think, but do not articulate. Our collective society thrives on drama and conflict--having a modicum of respect or perspective would be "boring" to the masses.
 Until we have a fundamental shift in our collective consciousness, the cycle of media-government-consumer will continue to thrive on conflict, extremism, and existential unawareness.
Thank goodness for those who are balanced!
Lee Picciuto, Daniel Island

Disagreement with Ferber column
I read with interest Steve Ferber’s column urging we tone down the acrimony in today’s Presidential politics and found myself agreeing with him until I read his views on President Obama’s virtues: how “cool” he is, fixing a broken economy, laying the groundwork for future growth, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, “shepherding” the health care law, building stronger international relations, investing in renewable energy and supporting moves toward democracy around the world. And then Mr. Ferber asks, "What’s the problem?”
The problem lies in swallowing the Democratic "Kool-Aid" perspective and parroting White House talking points.
President Obama is so cool that he couldn’t modify his plans to leave from Andrews to join his Hollywood crowd and appear on Letterman, leaving the flag-draped caskets bearing the bodies of our Libyan consulate victims, and then lying to the American public for weeks that the attack was caused by a video, not by terrorists.
His fix for the broken economy sent millions to favored corporate friends, the United Auto Workers and public employee unions, such as the SEIU.
 His groundwork for future growth has left small businesses in the lurch, unable to plan for the future and strapped for funds from banks afraid to make loans due to penalties imposed by the Democrat’s Dodd- Frank Act. We now have banks too big to fail, guaranteeing the likely need for future taxpayer bailouts.
As for international relations, it seems like America has actually lost respect and is more disliked around the world than ever.
Obama’s renewable energy plan sent taxpayer money to bankrupt companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar, and excuse me if I point out how well that has gone.  
And Mr. Ferber seems to believe that seniors who have paid into the Social Security program all their working lives should be means tested before they receive disbursement of their own money?  Who thinks that is a great idea, other than those on the receiving end of an entitlement culture?  Is there a thinking person out there who isn’t aware of our now $16 trillion debt and what it may mean in the future for every child on Daniel Island?  
Mr. Ferber’s most egregious exaggeration is about healthcare. Surely he knows that Obamacare was rammed through Congress without a single Republican vote, unlike the days when Mr. Ferber worked in Washington and the parties worked together. I wonder if he thinks 1980s-style congressional bipartisanship might be encouraged by the type of politics run by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi? Mrs. Pelosi famously said Congress had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.   This is how this administration thinks? It is shameful.
I was fortunate to work in Washington as a Senate staffer and government affairs specialist from 1968 until 1994. During most of that time, civility in political language and behavior was the norm rather than the exception. (One of those exceptions was the shamefully dishonest character assassination of Supreme Court nominee Clement Haynsworth of South Carolina, led by the late Senator Ted Kennedy.) Courtesy and consideration generally ruled inter-party relations. I originally worked for Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina, at that time a conservative southern Democrat, who had excellent relationships with Republicans in the Senate and House.  
One of the reasons a lot of Americans are fed up today with President Obama and Congressional Democrats is their flagrant record of race-baiting, lying, bullying, class warfare, entitlement mentality, and Chicago-style politics. What we’re seeing from Democrats today is even far more vitriolic than during the days leading up to Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.  
While Mr. Ferber would like everyone to chill out, just the opposite is needed: there are plenty of reasons for Americans to be angry and upset. How about the Keystone pipeline denial and skyrocketing gasoline prices? What about the lack of jobs and failure to get the economy moving again? And the impending end of healthcare as we know it?
History has proven that the best way for citizens to express their concerns is through political activism and the ballot box, not passivity.
John Hussey, Daniel Island

Refreshing Point of View
I wanted to pass along my appreciation for Steve Ferber’s refreshing point of view in last week's column. The negativity that has overtaken our nation has created a paralysis of our society when we can least afford it. We are becoming a country that does not consider ideas on their merit, but rather we judge ideas on who proposes them. This is reinforced by the polarized channels of information on the left and right that we seek out to affirm what we already believe to be true. The question then becomes whether we have unwittingly created a system of affirmation when we are in such dire need of information to make critical decisions on the crisis that we face. By respecting the possibility that good ideas can come from either side and can evolve through exchange of these ideas, we may live up to the ideals our country has lived up to through our history.
Jason Douglas, Daniel Island

Article appreciated
I appreciated [Steve Ferber’s] article in The Daniel Island News about the presidential candidates. Good work! Thank you.
Donna Widener, Daniel Island

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