Quote from Dick Cheney: "Ronald Reagan taught us that deficits don't matter."
America's debt is like a ping-pong ball. When one side of the political aisle is out of power, it's the other side's problem. When the other side is out of power, the argument flips.
I distinctly remember the debts incurred during the Reagan and GW Bush administrations, and, after working to balance long term debt during the Clinton administration, GW Bush tripled the debt with two wars that weren't paid for and a Medicare bill that wasn't funded. Like many people, I was upset by the rising debt, and often mentioned it to my conservative friends, all of whom quoted Dick Cheney.
As soon as Obama was sworn into office, conservatives wanted an "Adult conversation about the deficit." Really? Really?
Back to the wars, for the first time in our country's history, we went to war without a war tax ... a tax that has always been used to pay for all the thing necessary to wage war. The taxes remained high after WWII because of the extreme amount of money required to fight wars in two theaters of operation, finance and produce weapons/munitions for the Russians, UK, Free French, Free Poles etc etc and the reconstruction of Germany/Europe and Japan.
Yes, deficits have increased during the Obama administration, a good portion of it the interest on the debt from the GW administration and the continuation of the wars. At the same time, through the sequester and other cuts, the deficit is rolling back at a much quicker rate than expected.
I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I vote for the candidate. As far as I'm concerned, both parties and the cable networks supporting them are nothing more than a reality version of George Orwell's hate week. Or as Buffalo Springfield sang in their song "For What It's Worth": Nobody's right if everybody's wrong."
joneses, I have nothing against the cross. In fact, I wear a crucifix all the time. It was given to me 44 years ago. This isn't about tolerance, it's about helping the poor. Your referencing the government's assistance to Solyndra is off topic. The government has provided monies to countless projects through the years, like the Osprey plane that was billions of dollars over budget, or the G.W. Bush bailout of financial institutions without mandates to loan money to businesses. That's another subject, and it can be debated on another forum.
This is about a church and its priorities ... another freedom, yes, but is it the best use of resources when so many people have other needs?
That's the discussion. It's pretty simple.
Another great piece, David. As soon as I read the story I thought of all the things that could be done to help those in need. I understand that many will be offended by this column; at the same time, those dollars could have been spent on adult literacy programs, training for care dogs for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan ... the list is endless.
I understand that the church has a series of charitable activities, which I highly value and support. And I know the folks who built and installed the crossed will receive compensation. But like another writer stated, the best way to spread Christianity is through good works and charity. Big churches and big images are a big turn-off to those who question the motives of the church as a whole.
Better to feed, cloth, educate and visit folks in need. Those have always been the biggest necessities. Sadly, they always will be.
Some people just need to grow up. This isn't about UT or Alabama, it's about helping charities and Nick Saban is one of the best drawing cards in the country.
If this is all people care about, then they really have their priorities out of order.
No one's perfect, especially me, but in recent years many Bama fans have taken the team's success and lack of player legal troubles as a sign that Saint Saban is running a perfect program.
While I understand that fans often get a little crazy about their team, many often forget that all of the schools recruit the same players, so don't be surprised when one of the accused is your own.
I really wish there was a silver bullet to stop student-athletes from bringing shame on their team, university and family.
Sadly that will never happen.
Jamarcus Russell is my poster child for quarterbacks to remain in college football as long as they can. That, plus someone to put a foot up their rear-ends when they don't do all their prep work the week of games, during the off-season and maintaining physical training.
There have been countless busts among top college QBs through the year, but getting more college reps is one of the primary tools they can have. That, and playing in a pro-oriented offense.
I wish Russell well; who ever told him to leave LSU after his junior year is probably hiding under a rock these days.
The prison statistics in the US are revealing: we have more people in prison than China.
Former prosecutors from throughout the country admit that the current system is terribly flawed.
Some how, some way, our country needs to develop a system where the number of crimes are reduced and sentences actually fit the crime.
Yes, personal accountability is a must; however, the number of people stuck in jails is a national disgrace and a severe burden on community, state and federal budgets!
I'm a Dawg fan through and through. With the exception of Florida, I always cheer for SEC teams.
I grew up in Savannah and attended the Georgia-Florida game for many years. Before the Evil Genius arrived in the 90s, their fans acted as if they had the legacy of Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern Cal combined. Now they think they invented college football.
So, yes. I'm cheering for Alabama. Nothing against ND. I just like the SEC!
Nobody associated with the Florida program was motivated about the Sugar Bowl. Hell, their fans were so disappointed that half of the school's allotment of tickets were returned.
How many times do players have to be reminded of major upsets before they discount their own invincibility?
As for LSU, those three pass plays at the end of the game looked like a middle school coach was making the calls (no disrespect for middle school coaches intended). I mean really, the Tigers have a smash-mouth running offense. So why go against your strength when the game is on the line?
And who the hell does Ole Miss play in their bowl game?
Mark, as usual you're right on the money. I'm a life-long UGA and SEC fan, so it's difficult for me to see the Dawgs in anything other than a BCS Bowl. The conference tie-ins have created some impressive match-ups through the years and there are some interesting games on this year's schedule.
But for FSU to play Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl is a real joke. So is UGA playing Nebraska in a bowl.
I really hope UGA makes a huge point by posting 70 on the Huskers. After what I saw this season and Saturday, it could happen.
Thanks for all your great copy. It's always a pleasure to read your work!