Recently, someone asked, “We always hear about Social Security running out of money, but why don’t we ever hear about welfare running out of money?” That is a good question and one with a simple answer.
We are running out of Social Security money because politicians robbed the account. Their justification for this entitlement shell game is simple. At the end of the Social Security road, elderly voters have a tendency to die within a short period, especially as the eligibility age is repeatedly raised by those same politicians.
Politicians have no political reason to champion the cause of any group that, by attrition, will soon lose the ability to vote. However, welfare people just keep producing little Democrats who vote the party line to get their freebies.
Entitlements suck the life out of this country’s dwindling financial reserve, which is actually a misnomer because, without any reserve, our debt to China and other creditor nations is to the tune of $16 trillion.
But, for what it’s worth, after this nation is finally bankrupt, the entitlement crowd will face the same, tragic demise when everyone’s bacon is hanging in the fire.
Willow Springs, Mo. Dealing with racism
This is in response to the article Jenee Osterheldt wrote about the biracial young lady named Keisha (11-5, D1, “Keisha: What’s in a name? Bigotry”).
I found it appalling that this school, Shawnee Mission North, tolerated this type of racism to the point that this child felt overwhelmed to change her name. There was no hint of racism; it was very blatant, and there was no doubt about the ignorance.
These actions had to be actively taught in the home and tolerated. The teacher with the senseless and demeaning comment should be ashamed to pick on a child. It just shows what kind of cowards they are.
Next, the mother should have sought out strong, successful women of color.
I feel sorry for Keisha’s ordeal, but she is not, in my opinion, courageous at all. She took what she thinks is the easy way out, but she is still going to be looked upon as black. What can she change about that?
Better that her mother had done a better job of incorporating positive black influences in her life than help her daughter run from the inevitable.
Kansas City Presidents’ leadership
In response to letters describing differences between former president George W. Bush’s and President Barack Obama’s responses to Americans being killed and facilities attacked, I have some to add.
The Bush administration response to an attack that killed about 3,000 innocent people on American soil was to deliberately misinform Congress, the United Nations and the American people. Bush officials stuck to the phony story about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
Neither Iraq nor Saddam Hussein had any connection to the 9/11 attack, but instead of pursuing Osama bin Laden, the real perpetrator, the Bush administration chose to invade Iraq and capture Saddam. Remember “Mission accomplished”?
It’s correct that no ambassadors were killed during Bush’s terms, but there were the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers, and thousands were maimed for life in that war. WMDs were never found.
Need another comparison? Remember how long it took Bush to send the National Guard to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? It was four days after a flyover in Air Force One while people were dying.
How long was it before Obama was shoulder to shoulder with Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, saying, “We’re with you”?
Independence Unnecessary killing
You know who you are. You were driving a black SUV on a Saturday evening eastbound on College Boulevard. You were in a big hurry.
You had to get someplace so important that you didn’t have the patience to stop when a group of geese started crossing the road at Glenwood Street. The extra minute wait was too much, and you had to keep driving and never stopped when you hit a goose.
We were shocked by such a blatant, cruel and unnecessary act. If the goose had only a broken wing, we would have taken him to a sanctuary or even to an emergency veterinary hospital.
But he was mortally wounded and went limp. My husband laid him in the grass, and the life went out of him.
Big deal? There are tons of geese in our area, and although their droppings are bothersome, they are not just a nuisance. To most people, geese are beautiful creatures.
God didn’t make mistakes. Oh, except with you, you wretch.
So, did you get your burger and fries? Did you get to make it to that worthless movie?
Are you happy with yourself? I hope you have a good night’s sleep, creep.
Overland Park Parents’ role
The Star’s opinion piece “To compete globally, invest in education” by Christian Trejbal on Nov. 7 was very correct but fell short about a missing component to achieving this goal.
As a retired educator from a Title 1 elementary school, I know that the major problem is lack of parent participation. There is a significant cultural difference between countries like Japan and the United States when it comes to parental participation in education.
In the U.S., parents/guardians do not understand the expectations in preparing their children to enter kindergarten. When children enter school for the first time, a large percentage are not ready for the rigorous studies that are now required. Most parents do not understand their roles in the learning process.
Children need a daily study time with their parents as they continue through school. Parents must become invested in their child’s educational future.
Until the educational system in the U.S. can bridge this gap, it will not be a leader in education.
Leawood Obama’s failures
It is no surprise that President Barack Obama is confused about how to handle adversity. As an adult, Obama has been told how golden he is.
Even though he didn’t have any accomplishments, his autobiographical books were big sellers. He stormed onto the political scene and was widely acclaimed as the new savior of America.
Once he was elected president, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for what he might do. Europe went wild for him. Africa loved him, and the American people embraced him.
Now that his policies abroad are failing, his bullying of the Republicans is a disaster and his embarrassing administration scandals have weakened his popularity, Obama is at a loss as to how to proceed.
We need to show some compassion for Obama. He wasn’t trained to handle failure, and now he can’t blame anyone else.
Obama’s confusion stems from an inability to play well with others. It may be time for Obama to reset his approach to life.
Overland Park Ending gun violence
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence is worth people’s support. And as a grandfather, count me in.
The goals are practical and realistic: The organization is not against guns. Members are against gun violence.
Join me in supporting laws making gun ownership safe by requiring background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime. That’s it.
My personal views are reflected in the idea of being realistic. There are more than 300 million guns in America. No one is going to take them away. That’s a nonsense, brainwashing tactic of the National Rifle Association.
Be sensible. Become passionate for this wonderful cause of being responsible. Gun ownership is a right, but it comes with responsibility.
Too many people seem to think that America’s symbol should be a gun and not the bald eagle. Someone once said, “Oh, don’t you ever try to take my guns away from me because the right to shoot at you is what I mean by liberty.”
Ladies and gents, Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (moksgag.org) is not trying to take your guns away.