From the Grapevine:
Grapevine is a sampling of comments and observations on a variety of timely topics submitted by readers of The Daily Times.
» Paul Ryan’s speech on being named Romney’s VP pick brought to mind an article by Ryan Lizza in the Aug. 6 New Yorker. Lizza wrote about the death of Ryan’s father, a successful business owner, when Ryan was an adolescent. In college, Ryan adopted Ayn Rand’s philosophy of individualism versus community. Ryan, as a minor, likely received his father’s Social Security benefits. He now proposes cutting Social Security. Without these benefits, what will happen to future children whose parent dies a too-early death? Will Social Security benefits be there for them?
» Every year, the federal government takes thousands of dollars of taxes directly out of my paychecks. Now that government wants to give some of it back to me by helping me pay for my health care. I like that idea. But Republicans and some physicians are now complaining that the federal governments spends too much on health care. I’m confused.
» “The real reason conservatives are so eager to see the president’s college transcripts has nothing to do with academics. They expect the documentation will finally prove he attended these schools as a foreign exchange student. In other words, it’s more birther nonsense.” Now that’s an interesting angle. I’d have never thought he might be an exchange student. Thanks for the tip.
» How many times will we have to listen to Republicans misquote President Barack Obama? Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney keep repeating that the president said, in reference to building your own business, “You didn’t build that.” If you listen to the full text, President Obama was referring to infrastructure (roads) that every business needs to be successful. I am a former Republican, but the far-right tea party folks have stolen my party from me.
» “Have we forgotten the Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which transformed those cities into a nuclear holocaust in seconds?” The bombings that saved hundreds of thousands of American soldiers’ lives? I sure we haven’t forgotten when we had a president with backbone. I also hope others read their history books and know what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, and realize what can happen if we are attacked again — and remember.
» The Carter-Baker Commission found between October 2002 and August 2005, federal officials charged 89 people with “casting multiple votes, providing false information about their felon status, buying votes, submitting false voter registration information or voting improperly as a noncitizen.” Nearly 2 million ballots were cast in the above time frame and fraud was found nationwide in .000045 percent of cases — about 89 people. Photo ID would not have detected many of these. Is it right to deny voting rights to millions of poor, elderly or minority Americans because of 89 illegal voters?