Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Thursday, April 2, 2015

21st century governance

Kindly name anything U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., has done to improve our most serious issues? What has he done to stop an unskilled president from assisting Iran to develop nuclear capabilities? What has he done to bring those responsible for the Benghazi murders to justice? What is he doing to stop an irrational president from using the IRS and attorney general’s office to promote discord and abuse? What did he do to stop our weak-kneed president from trading terrorist leaders for a deserter?

The answer to these questions and others is nothing.

Scott has not lived up to his oath of office to support the Constitution and he has done little to help advance Robins Air Force Base in the next BRAC process. Nowadays, nothing President Obama does is believable or workable. Sadly, he is either incompetent or a lunatic who should be removed from office. Scott does nothing about the illegal and debilitating orders from the president, except hoping the consequences occur after he’s gone.

Again, name one victory on a serious issue from Scott that one could point to and say. “thank you.” This is governance in the 21st century. Are you happy?

-- Bob Norcott

Byron

Democracy or republic

I hope when the gentleman from Louisville, Kentucky, reads his Viewpoints letter saying that more people voting might change America to be “... better, just, democratic,” he also reads Walter Williams’ column on the preceding page concerning the difference between a democracy, (which our system is not) and a republic, (which it is). In case he didn’t, let me quote just a few lines: Williams quoted one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.” Any student of world history can verify that.

He quoted Alexander Hamilton: “Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate government. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship.” Amazing how prophetic he appears in light of recent executive orders issued by our president. He said; “We pledge allegiance to the flag, and to “the republic for which it stands.” The Civil War song, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is not “The Battle Hymn of the Democracy.”

In a pure democracy, when a majority of voters realize they can vote themselves a share of somebody else’s money, they vote for representatives who promise that. The result has always been financial instability and collapse of the government, often followed by a dictatorship. Look at Germany before WWII. The biggest item in the U.S. budget is taking money from some people and giving it to others. It’s called transfer payments, a polite term of income redistribution.

Obamacare subsidies are another form of income redistribution, taking tax money from some to subsidize health-care insurance for others. History proves this kind of economic policy cannot last forever. “The Founding Fathers intended for us to have a limited republican form of government ... where human rights precede government and there is rule of Law.”

Our republic’s Constitution contains many checks and balances against simple majority rule for good reasons. Williams said, “51 senators can block the wishes of 49 senators and 435 Representatives. It takes two-thirds of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto, which thwarts the wishes of 535 members of Congress.” Our Founding Fathers understood human nature and economics. Intelligent voters do also.

-- Richard Jones

Warner Robins

Venting

I just heard it again. I am so sick of those ads, like, “One Call, That’s All, No, you’re not bothering me,” etc. Our insurance premiums are already sky high and these attorney ads promise “unreal” settlements, which will increase our premiums even more. The insurance companies will make a profit on the backs of consumers. Oh well, I feel better just having vented.

-- Arnita Harris

Roberta

Autism coverage

State Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, has gone too far. He refuses to allow SB 1 (“Ava’s Law”) out of committee and to House floor for a vote, saying it’s time for “the kids over there (meaning children with autism) to put up or shut up.” Absurdly calling for a sales tax increase to supposedly cover all Georgians with autism, ages 0-18 (Ava’s Law caps at age 6), a proposal that will never pass due to other tax increases already in the works.

Ava’s Law would only minimally increase private insurance premiums whereas a tax increase will affect all Georgians. He complains he is getting flack for this -- as well he should because it is obvious he has been bought by insurance companies.

Recently, Alan Hayes, an insurance lobbyist testifying in committee opined that “there is no cure for autism so why should we treat it?” Are we no longer treating medical issues with no cures? Try telling that to individuals with diabetes, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, MS, ALS, cancer, Lyme disease, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson’s, HIV/AIDS, traumatic brain injuries and more.

NEWSFLASH: Autism is not “just” an educational issue. It is a medical issue. Therapies make a difference. We can spend pennies now to help them or millions of dollars in the future to support them. These are your constituents, your responsibility, your future. It’s time for you to put up or shut up. Put it up for a vote.

-- Jessica Berryhill

Perry

Points for distance

I just read where the NCAA is considering changing the rules considering the extra point kick. I think it is a great idea because the kickers are so good, the present extra point kick is sort of automatic. I would like to see it lengthened to a place where some chance of failure is involved. Say about the 20 yard line.

I would also like to see a lengthy field goal rewarded with more points than a chip shot, say one point inside the 20, two points inside the 30, three inside the 40, and four inside the 50.

That would make for some interesting strategies, don’t you think? On the other hand, traditionalists will probably not see the need.

-- Donnie Mullis

Cochran

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