Knee-jerk reaction fits far left
George Morin's letter ("'Liberal weenies' column ignores conservatives' plight," To the Editor, March 15) refutes the column written by Dick Yarbrough ("Wondering about all you liberal weenies," Perspective, March 11) in true far-left fashion.
He calls conservatives "diehard knee-jerk compatriots" but when Yarbrough talks about the far-left liberal weenies, whose knee jerks uncontrollably?
In my opinion, Yarbrough's column was one of his better pieces, and I didn't hesitate to send him an e-mail complimenting him on a well-written article.
I think I would be safe in saying that columns written by David Broder and Bill Shipp are among George Morin's favorites. I subscribe to the Gwinnett Daily Post primarily for the local news, but I also keep my subscription renewed because of the head-shaking letters.
- Richard Stanford
One-party control leads to
Cal Thomas hit the nail on the head in his recent column ("Not fiscally responsible at all," Perspective, March 21) in which he decried the rampant fiscal irresponsibility of the current Republican-led Congress.
However, he completely missed the reason for the current pigs-at-the-trough mentality. We don't need a third party or a revolution. The problem has little to do with "political nervousness." It has everything to do with unbalanced powers.
Comparing today's climate to years past makes both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton look like spendthrifts. It's certainly not because of either of those two men. Left to their own devices, they would have spent staggering sums of money: Reagan on the nonexistent achievements of the "Star Wars" missile defense system and Clinton on installing a bloated national health care system.
What kept them in check? A hostile Congress, led by charismatic speakers. Reagan had to battle the legendary Democrat Tip O'Neill, while Clinton faced the equally imposing Newt Gingrich. Both presidents were forced to reach across the aisle and arrive at a compromise. Their pet projects were routinely shot down, just because they were the opposition.
Fast forward to today, and the Republicans have essentially gained control of all three branches of government. There is no viable opposition. Republicans are free to spend as they see fit. President Bush has never vetoed a bill. By comparison, Reagan vetoed 78 bills, with nine overridden; Clinton said no 38 times, and two were overridden.
This current spending spree would be the same if Democrats controlled both Congress and the White House. It's the nature of the beast. Historically, government spending is at its lowest when the parties split the executive and legislative leadership.
Our system has enough trouble as a two-party system. Today's de facto one-party system is a recipe for fiscal disaster.
- Scott Piehler