Save middle class America: Re-elect President Obama and every Democrat running
In response to Mike Brusa, it is a puzzle how the Romney-Ryan plan to cut taxes on the top 2% of Americans and pay for the $360 billion loss of revenue by cutting jobs and programs for the bottom 98% of Americans will help the middle class.
Replacing Medicare with a voucher system will help insurance company profits more than it helps older members of the middle class. Repeal of "The Affordable Care Act" in order to give $691 billion back to hospitals and insurance companies will not reverse the continued decline in middle class income.
The sensible way forward for America is “Re-elect President Obama and vote for every Democratic candidate for Congress”.
Frank Crosby, Morgan Hill
If you value justice, then a Yes vote on Proposition 32 is clearly the right answer
It seems the only thing that is clear in Lisa Pampuch’s column is her pronounced distaste for conservatives and anything having to do with the GOP. It’s obvious Ms. Pampuch isn’t a union member and doesn’t have a clear understanding of Prop 32. The article reads more like a forum for GOP bashing than providing any useful information like pros and cons of Prop 32.
What Prop 32 actually does is stops special interests from taking political deductions from employee paychecks and guarantees every dollar given for politics is strictly voluntary. It ensures that the EMPLOYEE has the right to decide how to spend the money THEY earn. No one should be coerced to contribute to politicians or causes they disagree with.
What non-union employees don’t always realize is that once you accept a union position (i.e. most government positions) you are required to pay union dues that are deducted from your paycheck, like it or not. Some allow you to opt out of participating, but not out of paying.
What Ms. Pampuch fails to address is that no other groups or corporations are allowed to take payroll deductions as “membership dues” and then spend the money however the “takee” chooses, regardless of the employee’s wishes.
So let’s recap:
• You are forced to pay dues.
• You are told how much you must pay.
• You are TOLD your money will go to support candidates and issues that may go against your values, beliefs, or religion. So Lisa, please explain how you think that is fair? Maybe you can send me about 1.3 percent of your paycheck every month and let me spend it on issues you are vehemently against and see if you still think it’s fair?
As for singling out unions, I agree. I’m not aware of any other company or corporation that has a corner on the market with the ability able to take payroll deductions out of an employees check with no spending restrictions. Sounds like sweet deal if it’s not your money.
The only thing that seems unfair or unconstitutional is how the employee “membership dues” are used. Why not allow the union members to vote on where their money that they “are required” to pay is spent instead of having a union boss decide?
And then to complain about the tax code while implying that Mitt Romney committed a federal offense by not paying his fair amount of taxes! Please. If Romney paid one cent less than he should have it would be front-page news. If you don’t like the tax laws try changing them instead of taking a cheap shot at the presidential candidate that you obviously dislike.
And finally, attempting to link deceptiveness in Prop 32 to Voter ID? Really? Are you aware that the DNC Press Credential packet stated TWO official forms of ID were necessary for admittance? Where you offended last time someone at a bank or store asked for your ID in order to cash a check? Apparently some Democrats think cashing a check or gaining entrance to the DNC is more important than casting a vote?
There are no exemptions, loopholes or deceptions that warrants Prop 32 to be labeled unfair and anti-union. Members can still contribute and unions will still be able to deduct funds for the normal purposes, just not political contributions. Corporations and unions for too long have drowned out the voices of the electorate, but by passing Prop 32 we can reestablish our voice and have our elected officials represent OUR interests.
Georgine Scott-Codiga, Gilroy
Muslim world exploding and what does president say?
The whole Muslim world is exploding with unrest and violence. Mobs are conducting violent protests against the United States. “America go to hell” is on signs and shouted slogans.
The administration insists this is “spontaneous and unplanned as a result of a movie that no one has seen.” They further insist that this has nothing to do with our foreign policy. They could be right the only foreign policy that I know about is: “Osama is dead and GM is alive.” How could that insight riots and trigger animosity?
Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose