Think twice about ‘Think Tanks’

Dear Sir:

Observing the “Teaparty” blogs, I often imagine a nest of baby birds looking skyward while seeking nourishment from the rich. Picturing the day they’ll soar like eagles. They believe if you just keep your eyes pointed toward the heavens with your mouth open, without complaining — never demanding rewards, never estimating your own worth — never uniting with your own peers for strength, the wealthier birds will lovingly feed you. Incredibly, that’s the only scenario that makes some sense. I don’t picture an eagle in that collection. They’re more represented by a chirping parakeet.

Think twice about ‘Think Tanks’
Dear Sir:
Observing the “Teaparty” blogs, I often imagine a nest of baby birds looking skyward while seeking nourishment from the rich. Picturing the day they’ll soar like eagles. They believe if you just keep your eyes pointed toward the heavens with your mouth open, without complaining — never demanding rewards, never estimating your own worth — never uniting with your own peers for strength, the wealthier birds will lovingly feed you. Incredibly, that’s the only scenario that makes some sense. I don’t picture an eagle in that collection. They’re more represented by a chirping parakeet.

The trouble is: they’re relying on the “Think Tanks” who are producing tainted ideas. Tainted ideas can be as destructive as those Wall Street stocks.

These ideas are full of distortions. Michele Bachmann explained why Paul Revere went on that midnight ride. She claimed it was to inform the people: “The British were coming to take their guns.”
Another Teaparty candidate inferred the Second Amendment authorized removing a person from office by shooting them.

These propaganda groups claimed Roosevelt made things worse. The truth: He allowed Republicans to reduce financial support for jobs. That caused the slowdown in recovery. They never explain how he was re-elected three times, if he did such a lousy job?

This Teaparty’s dysfunctional behavior may still drag the world into a depression. That’s not Obama’s failure.

It would be manufactured by Republicans from start to finish. And, so it will remain. While Americans suffer, American corporations have trillions in the bank.

 — Tom Davis, Girard

Questioning Murdoch’s action
Dear Editor:
After his minor setback in manipulating the British Parliament, Scotland Yard and embarrassing the prime minister, whom will the media mogul Murdoch select as the Republican candidate for president? How much control does he have over our own “honorable” congressmen? His hatchet men of Fox News are awaiting instructions.

Is the teary-eyed Speaker Boehner, once the darling of the Tea Party, suddenly a pariah? Many of we Catholics lost faith in him when 75 professors at Catholic University in D.C. signed a petition protesting his selection as a commencement speaker.

While I may be a little ashamed when I cash my healthy AT&T dividend checks, I had no doubt that regulators would allow the giant telecom to absorb T. Mobile despite protests from Verizon and Sprint. When you’re huge enough to tell your stockholders, “H---. no, it is none of your business how we spend our lobbying funds,” a little government agency is not going to rule “no merger allowed.”

Wasn’t former Louisiana governor Roemer, a Democrat turned Republican, correct when he suggested that we take care of the problems in our own country before we try to rule the world?

Will the likes of Murdoch and Karl Rove, who pulled the puppet strings on Bush, the plethora of Semite investment brokers who lure investors to the “pot of gold” in investing overseas, and the advocates on CNCB of the slogan that “free trade is the path to prosperity,” cause the rejuvenation of the ugliness of anti-semitism?

— Fred Schiefelbein, Pittsburg

An ounce of prevention
To the editor…
A 1935 Kansas newspaper contained a full page ad for the zinc and lead mines of Cherokee County proclaiming, “IN THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF ITS GREAT SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE NATURAL RESOURCES LIES THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF KANSAS CITIZENS.” It also boasted of consumer advantages: “Don’t Waste Money on Cheap Paints! LEAD AND ZINC PIGMENTS MAKE THE BEST PAINTS”.

This made me think of Treece, down along the Oklahoma border. It was once a prosperous mining community, but decades of abuse made it a wasteland. It was approved for a federal EPA buyout last October, at a cost of $3.5 million.

News accounts described kids riding their bikes around huge piles of toxic mining waste called “chat.” Silicosis and lung cancer affected large portions of the population. Children swam in sinkholes filled with acid-water, and tests for blood-lead levels were so high that in some kids they reached the level of actual lead poisoning.

The industrial barons made their monies and are long gone. Taxpayers are footing the bill, and our elected officials, meanwhile, are talking about coal plants, deregulation, stripping the EPA of its powers, and similar measures of “less intrusive government.”

I don’t have money for a full-page ad, but I hope it’s known: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This anarchic path of environmental deregulation has consequences. We will reap what we sow if we go this route. And the worst part is that future generations will be the ones who suffer.

— Rev. Andrew McHenry, Emporia