Liberal Anger at Obama; Thoughts on School Beat …

by on December 10, 2010

To the Editor:

Were you not here for the mid-term elections? The Republicans will have a majority in the House and will have the votes to block anything they please in the Senate. President Obama had two choices, either let ALL the tax cuts expire and thus load up those who can least afford it with a tax hike or make a deal which he did which got 13 more months of unemployment benefits.

So from your Monday morning quarterback chair, what would you have done? It is easy to pillory President Obama when you are not having to deal with an intransigent party that will crucify its own members should they decide to do what is right for the people and the country instead of doing what the the RNC wants. Think it is easy? Run for President and see how far you get.

Bill Sappington
Oakland, CA

To the Editor:

Paul Hogarth wrote: That was the last time I completely lost faith in a Democratic President and yesterday, it happened again.

Really? So the telegraphed tax package is the back breaker for you? Not Obama’s extensions of Bush belligerence ‑‑ with an endless Afghan surge, delayed Iraqi withdrawal, or taking over a year to get a half‑cup on health care insurance (not health care reform), the full extension, even amplification of the worst of Bush anti‑terrorist policies on secret prisons, rendition, White House assassination programs of unindicted citizens, not to mention Gitmo stays open, gays can be prosecuted for enlisting, and nasty dumps on former supporters who hold his feet to the fire?

Even looking again to find a Larry Summers replacement with another Rubin‑Clinton establishment figure? Did I mention Rahm Emanuel, that was a shocker to reinforce our faith? Actually, by my reckoning, this noxious tax betrayal is a second level disaster, so one has to wonder why mere money (vs. predatory drones across the board and in every sense of the words) sent you over the cliff.

See my fuller, respectfully less naive piece at

Further, to have “completely” lost faith in a Democratic president suggests you once had complete faith in any elected official? How is that possible for someone so experienced who’s been in various political trenches?

Robert Becker
Mendocino , CA

To the Editor:

It doesn’t sound to me as though the transfer of $4 million of PEEF funds for use in subsidizing the Weighted Student Formula is in keeping with Prop H’s mandate. If that is the case, it is only appropriate that an oversight committee such as the PEEF CAC ought to question such a transfer of funds.

Don Krause
San Francisco

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