Some letter writers insist that supply-side economics won’t work. They always seem to use as examples Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, saying debt went up under tax reductions and debt went down under President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes.
These are faulty examples because Reagan had the Cold War and Bush had 9/11. Clinton had a mostly peaceful term.
Obviously, Clinton did not need to spend as much as the other two, and, as a result, America had less debt. It’s like saying that World War I was started by an assassination, when many more factors were involved.
Also, anyone who relies on the judgment of an economist is a fool because economists rarely agree. Arthur Laffer and Paul Krugman, for example. You might as well rely on a psychic, or roll the Urim and Thummim.
The Republicans’ effort to paint President Barack Obama as a lame duck is weak. In fact, Obama plans executive actions on some important federal matters, with or without GOP cooperation.
Immigration reform by executive order will blend into society millions of long-term residents. They came here without legal permission but have proved they’re law-abiding and productive. Many are the parents of American citizens; others, brought here at a young age, have succeeded in school and work.
Although the oil industry continues to promote the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama remains unconvinced that America would gain from letting it traverse the land. But the U.S. could suffer great harm should any mishap release the crude.
The pipeline promises to have no effect on gas prices and would produce few jobs. If it does get through the House and Senate, Obama will surely veto it.
Obamacare seems to be popular with Americans who’ve chosen to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, many people live in states where Republican governors haven’t offered it to their Medicaid recipients.
Finally, because of Obama, China has agreed to a future environmental policy that will sharply limit its carbon emissions.
Not bad for a so-called “impaired quacker.”
Planning for KCI
With regard to the push and pull over the competing plans for a new or refurbished terminal building at Kansas City International Airport, The Star could, and should, offer one concise and easily comparable side-by-side outline of the two plans, with a one-to-one chart of the key differences.
With concerns about one or the other version and occasional lengthy newspaper articles, such a presentation would provide readers the opportunity to evaluate for themselves which plan makes more sense from a convenience and a dollars-and-cents bottom line.
Personally, I think improving the existing structure makes more sense. But it seems the people who will make the final decision are infatuated by the drama of a brand new terminal.
Will there be an opportunity for a regional expression of preference by the public?
Any decision arrived at by a select committee without public input will always be considered the will of the Ivory Tower and vested interests.
Why is it our job to dictate the policies of every nation on the globe, from Cuba to Russia to Iraq to Vietnam? We claim people want what we bring them, yet they fight us tooth and nail.
How could we say the Vietnamese and Koreans wanted democracy over communism when they fought us with such fever? Why do we condemn Russia for occupying Ukraine when we have done the same to several nations in the recent past and when we occupy several nations now?
If the people of the Middle East wanted democracy, they would have had it a long time ago. They would have started a trend toward Western-style government on their own, as has every other country that has wanted it.
The only major revolutions they’ve had on their own were to drive out Western powers, so why would they want us there only a few years later? They don’t.
Just because their style of government and life is wrong to us doesn’t mean we should force them to do something different. It’s the way they’ve been doing it for thousands of years, and they are reluctant to change.
I understand all the reasons for the Kansas City Chiefs not to play in London next season. However, I’ve worked in London for parts of the past four years, and I can say a lot of Europeans follow American football, whether it’s fantasy football, watching games at a casino or sports bar or going to a game.
I went to the Raiders-Dolphins game in September, and it was a great and unique experience. Next to me was a couple who traveled from Oakland, Calif., and all around us were fans speaking with accents from all over Europe and beyond.
I couldn’t go to the Falcons-Lions game in October, but that night I headed up north, where I was going to work. The train was filled with NFL jerseys from the game and the NFL events that weekend in London.
As I watched a recent game in the Hippodrome Casino, an ex-pat from Gladstone was on one side of me and a Spaniard on the other — both cheering on their Chiefs. And now I’ve been invited to play in Sunday afternoon pick-up games in London’s Regent’s Park.
I encourage Kansas City fans to go to London in 2015 to see their Chiefs play.
It’s no wonder the U.S. Postal Service is struggling.
I mailed a Christmas card to relatives in Arkansas. Apparently they had moved, and I was unaware of the new address, so I mailed my card to the wrong one.
Well, a week later it was returned to me with the new address noted on a sticker.
The new address was in the same city with the same zip code, just a different street address. So instead of delivering it to the new address, the Postal Service sent it all the way back to Overland Park with the notation that the forwarding order had expired.
Really? Is that the most efficient way to handle this?
No wonder the Postal Service can’t make ends meet.
Thanks to The Star
In response to Kansas City Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish’s Dec. 28 open letter to readers, thank you:
▪ For your personal message of peace and joy.
▪ For keeping the newspaper coming to us in spite of the challenges that print media face.
▪ For starting each day with a perspective on our community, the nation and the world.
▪ For reaffirming my belief that there are real people in charge in leadership positions.
Best regards to all at The Star from just one reader, on behalf of all who care.
Art of listening
Amrita Burdick’s Dec. 29 “Letter of the Week” articulated a clear and simple point of view widely known and rarely spoken.
It is a rare gift to have a lens wide enough to see a pattern from Ferguson, Mo., to the housing crisis and beyond.
It is rare to find someone not picking right or left but articulating something we all know in our bones is true but never realized.
It is a rare individual who cares enough to spend even 15 minutes writing a letter to say we can do better.
And we can do better.
Communication is nothing if it is not listening, able to remold once new information is heard and understood. When we shape communication to fit our wants, it is misused. The way we speak to each other echoes in every perception.
Burdick’s letter said something convincing because it was honest. I wish and hope that we may all be so wise.
If every person lifts his and her gaze high enough to see the real, long-term issues and chooses to speak without agenda and not out of habit, maybe we can start a dialogue worth having.
Maybe we will choose to listen.