Local streets show stimulus spending
Over the years he has been in office, I have heard a number of friends comment on the excellent constituent service Joe Wilson has provided. For this he is to be commended. He has served in the nation's military as well as having passed that heritage on to his sons who also serve, and for this he is also to be commended.
These things being acknowledged, I would like to take the congressman to task on his concerns over the stimulus money. I live in West Columbia just around the corner from Mr. Wilson's new campaign headquarters near the corner of State and Meeting streets, and just two miles down the road from his congressional office on Sunset Boulevard.
While I appreciate his concern for how "our money" is being spent, I would like to ask Mr. Wilson the next time he is at either of these two offices to step outside and walk around.
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Since President Obama has been in office, State Street has been repaved and new traffic lights installed. Alexander Street has been repaved. Ninth Street has been completely repaved, and the intersection at 9th and Meeting (a dangerous intersection with numerous accidents) now has left-turn lanes, new sidewalks, new ADA ramps and new traffic signals.
On Sunset Boulevard the storm drainage system is being repaired and afterwards the street will be repaved.
Jarvis Klapman Boulevard has been completely repaved from Huger to Leaphart Road, and at the intersection of 12th and E Avenue the storm drainage lines, sewer lines and city water lines are all being replaced.
For some reason it makes me glad to see all of this vital infrastructure work, needed for years, now being accomplished. It makes me happy to have to slow down for a road crew as I see a new bridge being constructed. I would think that the congressman would want to do more to help create more such jobs in his state and district but alas he seems to want to relish in his new found glory for his rude behavior and continue to be a stick-to-the-party-line politician.
I feel like I want to thank someone for all of this work being done and these jobs being created. Since Joe Wilson seems inclined to want to ignore these things I guess I will know who not to thank with my vote next November.
Careful spending not Obama strong suit
I listened to President Obama's recent speech on Afghanistan with great interest, as did, I'm sure, our enemies around the world.
The first part of his speech was centered around why it is so important for our nation's security, as well as the security of the rest of the world, for a successful conclusion to the war there.
Then the second half of his speech focused on how soon we will begin pulling out. He also mentioned how much this war has cost, and will continue to cost. Since when has this administration given a second thought to how much money they are spending?
This is the same bunch that brought us the $800-plus billion stimulus package. That's been quite the success story so far. They are now in the process of doing everything in their power to shove a 2,000-page health care plan down our throats. It's a plan that no one seems to understand, The only part of the plan that we can count on, is that it's going to cost us plenty.
The next time we elect a president, we can only hope that the qualifications amount to more than the ability to speak well, and the ability to not be George W. Bush.
LANCE S. STEPHENS
Use stimulus leftovers to pay down debt
It is quaint and convenient that the federal government has money "left over" from one of the stimulus programs.
I am a fan and a supporter of our young president; he is the only hope we have. But casually tossing about language such as "money left over" when we are hemorrhaging cash at a record pace is clearly irresponsible. Please call it what it is and don't act like we found it on the side of the road. Somebody has to pay back this "left over" money at some point.
Cut taxes to help spur job growth
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like our country is headed for financial ruin? This administration has spent an ungodly amount of money in just its first year in office. Money we don't have, by the way.
They have thrown money all over the place to try and get the economy going again.
The sad commentary is they don't have a clue what it takes to create jobs.
Cut taxes on those entities that create jobs, cut capital gains taxes, and this country would take off. What was Obama's approach? Convene a so-called job summit and invite all those people that have never created a job in their life.
Why do the Democrats think that money solves all problems? Now, they are working on this health care monstrosity that will absolutely bankrupt this country. This bill is fraught with new taxes and less benefits throughout. They are charged with protecting the republic, but, instead, they seem to be doing everything they can to bring it down.
There needs to be a wholesale housecleaning in Washington in the 2010 mid-term election if we have any hope of salvaging our country.
JAMES W. LAMB JR.
Don't depend on a government fix
A letter of Dec. 1 ("Haley's ideology not what S.C. needs") showed that there is still someone in South Carolina who believes that big government is good and business is bad, and the fact that the writer believes that he is in the majority is very disturbing. We do not elect right-wing extremists. We, in fact, elect very few conservatives. I know of very few who still believe that in the last election we elected only moderate pragmatists.
As a nation, we have seen spending increase four times what it was 40 years ago. We still have not learned that throwing more money at a government-controlled education program will not work. Studies have shown that there are still more than 30 million Americans who cannot read or write.
In recent years, government has been the source of major problems and blunders. Then, the same government's attempt to correct the problem is more expensive and actually doesn't fix the problem at all. Businesses have to bear the brunt of government mistakes and still attempt to make a reasonable profit.
DAVID A. ROBERTS SR.