There is much confusion about the word compromise in the last dispute over funding the U.S. government. Compromise means two or more individuals agree to give up something they like to gain something else. For the political parties this might be something on the order of Republicans agree to support universal background checks for gun purchases, which they dont want to do, in return for Democrats supporting changes or reductions in the Affordable Health Care Act, which they dont want to do. Each has then given up something to achieve a goal it wants.
No such trade was offered in the dispute over funding the government. Democrats were asked to yield on the Affordable Health Care Act, but the government doesnt belong to the Republicans. To cite the standard cliché, it is of, for, and by the people. So what did the Republicans offer to trade? They offered not to hurt hundreds of thousands of people (lost wages, for instance) and inconvenience even more (slowed or unavailable services, for instance). But it isnt a compromise, since the Republicans didnt offer giving up anything. What word fits? I lean to Robert Reichs use of extortion, but Republicans may say that is partisan and want to call it leverage. Whatever the word is, by definition, it is not compromise.
-- Fred R. van Hartesveldt
Jerry Mansfield missed the point of Posey Dennis Viewpoint, concerning Bill Cummings attacks on the Catholic Church. The fact and truth of her concerns, is, he is constantly bashing and finding fault with the Catholic Church. This has been a long ongoing issue with him. Even on his former stints on local TV he has made many criticizing references to the Catholic Church, not Baptist, Jewish, Muslims, neither Mormons nor any other faiths. Many times he has singled out Catholics. One dead horse he beats continuously to death is the issue of Catholic ordination of women priests. Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches will never ordain or have women priests. Had Cummings studied enough in seminary when he was preparing to become a Catholic priest, he would very well know through his theological studies that Jesus Christ started this calling of men to the priesthood. It is not changeable for the church or any body of bishops or patriarchs to do any changing at all. It will never happen. Although there have been invalid and illicit ordinations of women calling themselves priests, theologically they are not anything in the churchs eyes.
A priest is a visible image and sign of a father, teacher and Rabbi which the feminist movement has managed to just about destroy with their misconceptions of what a father actually is. I share in Dennis opinion and views; why does Cummings have so many issues with the Catholic Church. It sounds like he may need a lot spiritual counseling, especially about his uncharitable remarks and views toward good practicing Christians, not just Catholics, but those of any faith. He may just want to stick to his counseling field, one he is more familiar with.
-- Bro. Vincent Nektarios
We and our
The finger pointing has started in Washington, D.C., with the Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers at each other as the president stands on the sideline with clean hands. We need a Congress and president that needs to address the we and our instead of the I and me.
-- Glenn S. Gibble
In Sundays paper Mayor Robert Reichert stated if Spirit Airlines gets to 10,000 passengers a year, the city would receive at least $1 million for airport improvements from the FAA. The article said an advanced two week round trip purchase to Atlanta from Macon is $66.80. So $66.80 X 10,000 equals a total ticket expenditure of $668,000. Why doesnt the city buy the 10,000 tickets in bulk for $668,000 for a return of at least $1 million? That is a $332,000 profit. They can then resell the tickets they are stuck with for half price and make an additional $334,000 for a total profit of $666,000, just $2,000 away from getting upwards of $1 million of free government money. Pure genius.
-- Lou Stennes
Check it out
Instead of believing the president or the House Republicans on the impact of the debt ceiling being reached, I checked the facts. I used as my major source, A Summary of the 2013 Annual Reports by the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees for Social Security information.
Contrary to the presidents assertions that Social Security payments could be delayed, benefits and administrative costs are paid out of the trust funds, taxes or reserves. All reserves are in Treasury bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. Taxes received for these programs are sufficient to fund all programs at least through the next congressional election. There is no legal way to not make payments other than the entire Congress and the president agreeing to cut benefits by passing a new law or default on the full faith and credit of the United States.
As to the Republicans in the House who claim hitting the debt ceiling is not a major problem, I used 2012 budget numbers and found once you remove Social Security and Medicare taxes from the budget and subtract other constitutionally safeguarded debts (items like bonds and pensions you are left with approximately $485 billion to fund $1.285 trillion in programs. Defense spending alone was $526 billion. If we cut that number by a third, there would be virtually no money left for anything. That is total shutdown of everything, or default.
-- Clarence Berry
After a winner is declared in District 2, the election will be over and our new Bibb government positions filled. I pray God will grant us and our new government the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can change and please, dear God, give us the wisdom to know the difference.
-- Faye W. Tanner
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