The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 02:55 PM EDT
To the Editor:
President Obama continues to blame all the problems with the economy on the Bush administration. And, some of it may be valid. But, as I understand it, the biggest problem was the bursting of the housing bubble.
It has been reported that it started back in the Clinton administration, trying to provide every family with the American dream of owning a home. So the banks were forced by the government to grant sub prime mortgages to people who could not afford to make their mortgage payments.
We have heard that during the Bush administration the president tried to get reform at Fannie May and Freddie Mac but Democrats Chris Dodd and Barnie Frank, who oversaw Freddie and Fannie, said everything was OK. Apparently, Dodd and Frank didn't want to interrupt the flow of contributions from Freddie and Fannie to them.
Mitt Romney has had several opportunities to correct Obama but he has instead stressed how the things the Obama administration has done have not helped the economy.
Obama stresses the fact that he saved the U.S. automakers, GM and Chrysler. Well, if the auto unions hadn't made such demands for benefits which GM management gave in to and approved, the auto industry would have remained more competitive with the foreign car makers.
But now that we're in a recession and have been for several years, how best can we get out of it? Some say more government spending and hiring more government workers is the solution. Others say lower taxes and less government regulation will create an environment for hiring more people in the private sector of business.
Let's hope that whoever gets elected in a few weeks will be able to put aside some of the dirty politics and work with congress to do what's best for the American citizens.
I hate dog movies. In dog movies, the good, loyal, lovable dog always dies at the end and I end up sitting there in the dark with big tears streaming down my cheeks.
May 21, 2013
Mr. President, the buck stops with you.
President Truman set that standard, with these very words posted on a sign on his Oval Office desk.
But now, with over a thousand days left in this second Obama administration, we find a Nixonian stench emerging from the “W. House.”
Rarely has the White House briefing room so resembled the main ballroom at a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
I’ve not kept it a secret that I find people who dress their dogs in clothes to be, to put it nicely, somewhat more than just eccentric. And many friendly, helpful readers out there have not kept it a secret that they really wish I would not express my views about dogs dressed as humans.
May 17, 2013
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
The federal government recently announced new regulations for buying fast food.
It sounds like the plot from a dystopian libertarian novel. The word “patriot” and the phrase “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights” triggered heightened scrutiny from the most intrusive agency in the federal government.
The action at the bird feeder has been spectacular lately: Cardinals, finches, songbirds in impressive variety crowding around all day long in search of sustenance. It is truly gratifying …
For my neighbor.
That’s what it’s like at his feeder.
May 14, 2013
On April 27, Dr. Jeff Butts demonstrated a rare form of servant leadership as he participated in the Go Love Indy westside service project.
May 13, 2013
Everyone presumes that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the media-hungry Democrat from New York, wants to be the next Senate majority leader. His performance in the negotiations over the Gang of Eight immigration plan should bolster his case for an eventual promotion.
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Moore, Okla., residents talk about living through Monday's EF-5 tornado.
May 23, 2013
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