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11/19/2013 3:07 PM

11/19/2013 3:08 PM

Tea party cheers

The economic collapse coming to America has many fathers. The New Deal, the Great Society and the liberal effort to put anyone into home ownership regardless of ability or responsibility to pay along with Wall Street clowns who cashed in on the foolish notion, are only a few.

Perhaps the greatest cause was the centralization of power and financial control through the establishment of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which guaranteed that a debt-based money system must by design, ultimately collapse.

But when those same influences behind the Federal Reserve, which decided that the manufacturing base of America should be moved overseas, then the ability for America to pay for the New Deal, the Great Society and Obamacare became impossible. In the wake of this reality, the president and his liberal party is endorsing the most insane policy possible, to continue and to expand government spending.

Moderate Republicans promise to spend a little bit less than the Democrats, but offer no real solutions. Only the tea party has faced the reality of our financial meltdown, attempting to take the bull by the horns, and affect change.

But most Americans, and especially the low information voters do not have a clue of what is about to happen to this nation in the next few years. The tea party is the only group trying to preserve our freedoms, the free market and our Constitution.

Everyone else is engaged in self-serving, power grabbing, liberal political corruption.

Charley Morasch

Leawood Lenexa center cheers

I am writing to express my appreciation to the staff at the Lenexa Community Center for creating a clean, friendly environment for the Senior Men’s Basketball Program. This has been a golden opportunity for me and other men to have an exclusive time each week to exercise and enjoy the camaraderie while playing basketball.

While each of us has a different background in the sport of basketball and different capabilities because of age, we all share in appreciation for the sport and the joy of each others’ company.

The Lenexa Community Center makes all this possible.

Charles Savell

Overland Park Age of Aquarius

In our political life we see a chasm between two camps so wide that necessary compromise has become almost unattainable. Basically one camp is wed to ideologies of individualism, competition and market forces while the other camp is more focused on social welfare, human rights and preservation of the environment.

Some of us are more or less strident about it but most of us identify with one of these two camps. What is the reason behind this present state of extreme polarization?

The ageless wisdom teachings, which underlies all religious and philosophical thought, tell us that we are in the transition period between ages. The age of Pisces is ending and the age of Aquarius is beginning.

The polarization results from some of us identifying strongly with structures and institutions created during Pisces and others of us seeing that those structures and institutions are no longer working well. For reactionaries, the answers lie in going back to the ways of the past.

For others, the answers lie in creating new structures and institutions that will better serve the current needs of man. In the teachings, the present time is referred to as “the wilderness experience” because there is much confusion about the way forward out of the present crisis.

The reactionaries fear the new, so they fight furiously to resurrect the ways of the past. Their fight is in vain, for nothing can stop the new age from arriving.

Ken Gates

Overland Park Obamacare patience

Well, there certainly are many denouncing the Affordable Care Act start-up because of computer programming problems. Please remember that the law was originally designed to be a state-run program.

If you will recall, our Kansas governor didn’t want the Feds involved in our daily lives. Regrettably, most states refused to participate in this plan even though the exchanges would be fully funded by the federal government.

Now, let’s go back in (recent) time when Kansas installed its new, highly touted program at the department of motor vehicles. Recall, if you will, the hours or days spent and the resulting confusion and anger when that new system failed miserably.

Did anyone call for the resignation of our governor or any of his staff? It took about a year to get the kinks worked out of the Johnson County system. And it still has problems when there is high volume.

So, let’s be reasonable. If everyone will work together and stop with this “political” grandstanding, we will all be better off, and we can join the ranks of other First World countries that actually care about their citizens health.

Linda Neville

Overland Park Rename Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is, by design, what was known as Romneycare in Massachusetts. The two systems are identical in most respects, including the much maligned individual mandate requirement. It was Mitt Romney who said at the time the Massachusetts’s health insurance program launched that the mandate was “essential for bringing the health care costs down for everyone and getting everyone the health insurance they need.”

Romney got this idea from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who got it from the conservative Heritage Foundation. They all knew full well that to sustain a viable health insurance program the pool of covered lives needs to contain both those who are healthy as well as those who are sick.

When the Affordable Care Act initiative began in 2008, it was Republicans who shifted the narrative from a single-payer health insurance system to the Obamacare model they now declare to be a “train wreck.”

There is a solution to this political stalemate. One that might bring all this hypocrisy to an end. Scratch the name “Obamacare from the Affordable Care Act. After all, it is a Republican-designed program for which they deserve much of the credit. Shall we call it, Cruzcare?

Ron Fugate

Overland Park

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