Voters Hate Republicans More; Jeff Adachi’s Pension Reform; Epic Recession; Hotel Fairness Tax …

by on July 9, 2010

To the Editor:

I only wish more newspeople would say it like you do. I agree that the choice in November is pretty clear, but to get my vote the Democrats need to do some straight talking and plenty of it. People are not stupid, nor conservative, but are looking for the leadership we voted into office to put those in the party of NO in their place for once and for all. If they cannot figure out how to do that, I will not be giving any more money to the Democrats.

Dolores Delaney
Ely, MN

To the Editor:

We are a “Conservative Country,” and the fact you don’t know that shows how out of touch you are with the majority of American citizens. The majority of American citizens do not want what the Democratic Congress wants.

David Crawford
West Mifflin, PA

To the Editor:

I could not agree with you more. The people with the microphones claiming to stand for real American, the majority et al are simply the squeaky wheel. When you have people like Sharron Angle threaten to sue Harry Reid for posting her true beliefs on his website – beliefs that include all kinds of craziness – you realize that the pull right left a lot of people thinking about getting in that car on the side of the road. They might not vote.

What we must do is mobilize the youth, who are disenfranchised since sweeping changes have not been made in their very limited time line. Obama has to work within the constraints to the best of his ability. I am disappointed, but I don’t have all the information. I am more patient. The fact that Republicans keep shoving their feet squarely into their mouths with praise for BP and condemnation of the unemployed helps us a lot but we cannot expect a gimme.

Penny Hornsby
Missouri City, TX

To the Editor:

This article sounds like San Francisco’s normal garbage, they wouldn’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. If you said to them the sky was falling, they would all be looking up to see it happened.

Mike Heath
Rhome, TX

To the Editor:

Once again, I witness a liberal bias reporter. Most of the media leans left. Obama is an ignorant PITA, and unable to govern this nation. You liberals should be whipped for voting for him. But what can one expect from the most liberal city in the nation?

Donald Smith

To the Editor:

This article is crap. 75% of people polled agreed that they were polled whereas 15% of those people agreed that being polled was a sexual act. You can write all the crap you want, but it’s still crap.

Jolly Goodtime

To the Editor:

This country will NEVER forgive the Republican Party for not extending the unemployment extension, and cutting off the people who need help the most, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!!!!!!!

Patrick Murphy
Ft. Lupton, CO

To the Editor:

I have been arguing with Democrats and Democratic elected officials for almost 20 years that the biggest problem is the complete lack of a message and communications program by Democrats. If this country is right of center, it is because Americans have been given no alternative to consider. The GOP controls all media only because Dems have no voice. Our problem is lazy, stupid leadership – starting with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Gwen Lebec
San Bernardino, CA

To the Editor:

Soooo, your solutions are to be completely socialist and completely have gov’t control EVERYTHING!! Even younger and more diverse people will eventually see this as a complete takeover, and once ecenomic freedom is gone, we’ll see all other freedoms go too.

Edward Scott
Carmel, NY

To the Editor:

I believe you need to make the distinction that Rahm Emmanuel makes: We may not be a “conservative country,” but we ARE still a conservative ELECTORATE — especially in the midterms, but also in the polling (no matter how the pollsters try to compensate for that operationally and mathematically). We are “becoming” more liberal, but we have not yet “become.”

P. Wynn Norman
Ocala, FL

To the Editor:

You are cherry-picking facts and coming to the wrong conclusion. Virtually all polls show that voters will pick a generic Republican over a generic Democrat this fall. A report earlier this week said that Iowa lost 10,000 registered Democrats and gained 37,000 registered Republicans in the past month.

A historian at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week said that our massive public debt and exploding government programs are putting us on the fast track toward imploding. He said he has lived through the decline of an empire, and it’s not pleasant. Massive government spending not only leads to fraud, waste and abuse on every level, but it also saps the spirit. We lose not only the means, but also the inclination to be charitable when the government robs us of our disposable income. We lose the initiative to be civic minded, to find creative solutions, to make a difference when the government shoulders us aside.

This is why Democrats will lose this fall. Voters will not be voting for Republicans. They will be voting against Democrats. Quite frankly, both parties are failing us miserably. They are all about political gain rather than solving our country’s many problems.

Steve Burleson
Camden, ME

To the Editor:

Thank you for your editorial on Mr. Adachi’s so called “SMART REFORM” Initiative that will most probably be on our local November Ballot. From my reading of the initiative itself and the slick campaign adds running on the radio itself, it is the “Care Not Cash” of the 2010 election season.

By that I mean, a well funded, slick marketing campaign that plays on peoples’ fears of our city’s financial health, some real economic hard times of a jobless double dip recession gripping our nation and our loathing of government ineptitude, our public employees struggling to keep services afloat and the unions that represent us. Fear and loathing are always tried and true methods that can galvanize the electorate when used by ambitious politicians who know, like the leaders of the Tea Bag Movement, how to manipulate justifiable concerns about our economy.

Ideas like proposing, as this Initiative does, cutting, across the board, benefits of all city workers without considering the level of pay grade, and at the same time not specifically ear-marking the yearly savings for actual services as you point out, will in my opinion, make a bad situation worse without saving the services that city workers deliver to a public growing more dependent on them. Progressive economic reform should begin with some revenue generation which is why city workers, like me, submitted signatures to raise some actual revenue through a hotel fee the same day as Mr. Adachi’s Initiative.

In addition, it opens the door for other cities and our own to propose more gutting of city worker’s wages and health care benefits . Cutting workers wages has been the method used by almost every Mayor. It is a race to the economic bottom for many who looked to the city of San Francisco for better wages and benefits for work that they could not find in the private sector, a prospect that gets dimmer by the day.

Like “Care Not Cash” which promised more services to the homeless by cutting GA benefits and an end to our homeless problem, this proposal will not achieve what it promises and add to our economic downturn by lowering the income of city workers already giving up paid holidays, furlough days and raises for the next two years. Many workers worked long and hard at the collective bargaining table to have those pink slips hanging over our heads for the last 4 months removed by our vigilance in preventing job losses. Job loss means loss of vital services for a growing number of San Franciscans out of work with no where to turn except our public services, like health care.

The fact is, many cities are already on the brink of having to choose between public education, police services, fire and public transportation to deal with empty California coffers because Tax revenue is being held hostage by a 2/3 Republican Majority in Sac. Town. That, a major bail out of Wall Street in 2008 that brought us all to the financial brink, has not brought us a true recovery with jobs in he private sector.

Many turn to the government for work and services. An increase in employment happened because the Government hired Census workers who were glad to get a pay-check. But that was temporary. The reason California is broke is our lack of priorities and the fact that the Republican party has made the work “Tax” a four letter word. Taxation by our government was one of the first steps our Founders made to make sure money was available for our nation. Sadly, our priorities for war and prisons over health care and education, brought us to this sorry state. Adachi’s initiative is more of the same in that it places the burden on the workers and the blame if you listen to the radio adds that makes the word pension and health care for dependents a dirty words.

As a nurse in the public sector for over 15 years, I have never heard the opposing argument that the public is depending on the public sector more and more and needs more workers with good benefits to keep the economy growing at a time the private sector is cutting jobs. People are also depending on the public health system more as jobs cannot provide health care benefits at all. Our programs are becoming more expensive because the burden is becoming greater.

Yet, it is so easy for ambitious politicians who weren’t there a few months ago attending lay-off clinics with city workers and now chose to exploit the public belief that the public workers who earn a decent wage with benefits are behind the deficit mess and shouldn’t earn a livable wage with benefits. Police, fire-fighters, EMT, nurses, social workers,doctors, workers in our courts and jails and all the staff at SFGH , those who drive our buses are depicted as at fault and not deserving a decent pension or health care benefits on the tax-payers dime.

Then there is the union bashing that accompanies the support letters for the Adachi proposal. This is totally sick and morally disgusting in my view. How anyone could call this progressive isn’t really paying attention. This is a reactionary approach that properly belongs in the Tea Bag movement that is long on anger and short on real solutions to our problems.

Nancy Lewis, RN
San Francisco

To the Editor:

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. With everyone predicting the success of the “jobless recovery” I have not seen, and do not see, how that is possible. It seems the government’s viewpoint is still: If we just help Wall Street and the banks enough, everything will eventually be just fine. I ain’t buying it, and neither is Jack Rasmus.

Donald Havis
San Mateo, CA

To the Editor:

C’mon, people. Nobody goes to San Francisco to save money. If they’re looking for a deal, they go to Las Vegas. A 2% raise in the hotel tax is not going to generate a bunch of pink slips.

Penny Larson
New Market, MD

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