MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 3, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Republicans tied to corporations, wealth


— The current Republicans are too attached to the wealthy and the big corporations and are severed from the people. This is not what this country is about. As a former history teacher, I don’t see any resemblance to the “grand old party.” The last Republicans that I could vote for was Dwight D. Eisenhower. I didn’t think that “trickle down” was as good as “fair share” when it came to the American lifestyle.

Mitt Romney, who is running to lead the country, has stowed millions in foreign accounts to evade paying taxes. One Republican recently stated that the rich should not have to pay taxes at all.

Having listened to Romney while he was campaigning, and at the debates, I found that he did a 100 percent turn around on many of the issues. My question is, was he lying then or is he lying now? In either case, he cannot get my vote. If any Republican thinks he can’t change his vote, remember I did.

The constant protecting of the rich from having to pay their fair share in taxes is something that the Republicans do, and I have a list of over ten companies that make millions while evading the taxes that would keep this country solvent. One illustration of this is Exxon Mobile who made $19 billion in profits in 2009, paid no taxes, and received $156 million in rebates from the IRS, according to the SEC.

Another was Chevron who received a refund of $19 million while making a profit of $10 billion. Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits, paid no federal income taxes and received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the government.

Yet when Obama tried to reverse the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Republicans held solid to prevent it and everything else that he tried to do. Consequently, the working American has to pick up the tab. My question is which party is trying to better the country? The one for the corporations and the rich or the one for the working people of the country?

GEORGE

M. KESSELRING

Muskogee

Mullin not interested

in compromise



I would like to ask Mark Wayne Mullin a couple of questions. In your ads you say you would fight President Obama “every step of the way.” Isn’t that what’s wrong now? I learned in Government 101 that the success of a democracy is based on compromise. I also want to ask you and your ultra conservative cohorts that oppose Obama’s socialist agenda if you have written in to cancel your social security benefits because Social Security is a real socialist program, it even says so in the title. If you are going to repeal Obamacare I want to know what your plan is to get health care to Oklahomans that don’t have it. Don’t you know when they go the emergency room on Saturday night you and I are paying for that through higher charges on patients with insurance.

At the state level, I like lower taxes as much as the next guy but I do want some services. I have heard Oklahoma House and Senate Republicans plan to dismantle the public education system. Our schools are already falling apart. I know many conservatives would like to send their kids to private schools and get vouchers for tax payers to pay for it but who will end up in the crumbling schools that you leave behind. The people that can’t afford private schools, the poor and disadvantaged.

I’m rapidly becoming a senior citizen and would love to pay as little tax as possible when I retire but I also want good schools so we can graduate good citizens that become productive members of society. Remember if you are a grandparent and you vote for state question 758 and 766 you are voting against your grand children’s future. These kids are the ones that will be paying (or not) our social security.

If you are for students getting the best possible public education oppose SQ 758 and SQ756 and vote for Jerry Rains. If you wish politicians could work together and are not just for anyone who opposes President Obama, then vote for Rob Wallace.

WILLIAM

HENNEBERGER

Muskogee