To the Editor:
We have had a rough four to six years in this great nation of ours. The last four have been devastating to many within our nation. The devastation really started in 2007 when the control of the United States Congress changed hands.
On Jan. 3, 2007 the Democrats took control of the Congress and we have been on a spending spree ever since. Let us look at what has happened in just the last four years since President Obama became president:
• The longest period of unemployment over 8 percent since the Great Depression.
• Labor participation rate at the lowest level since 1984.
• More than 88.3 million individuals not in the workforce.
• More than 23 million out of work or wanting full-time work.
• Wealth reduction with a decline in median income to the 1995 levels. A reduction in the number of millionaires, and a reduction in the number of billionaires.
• Highest number and percentage of people in poverty since 1983.
• Food stamp participation has increased to over 47 million individuals.
• The National Debt has increased to over $16 trillion and is now more than the nation's productive output (Gross Domestic Product or GDP).
• The growth in our nation's productive output is below that required to maintain full employment for the nation. The output would have to increase to 4.5 percent growth for one year or more to reduce unemployment by one percentage point.
• This past year we spent more than a trillion dollars on poverty programs without improving the poverty level in our great nation.
In addition to all the above we have an administration that is in denial about the United States’ status and reputation around the world. The recent events surrounding Benghazi are a prime example of that denial. Benghazi was an attack by an old enemy. Instead of recognizing the attack for what it was, a terrorist attack, the administration continually presented the attack as a spontaneous mob protest in response to a movie trailer. The attack on Benghazi was a preplanned and well-coordinated attack. The evidence available in real time to the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Charlene Lamb, showed not one protest sign in the group. The assault was by a large number of terrorists with heavy weaponry.
Finally, we must ask ourselves can we tolerate four more years of an administration that has weakened our economy at every turn while at the same time failing to recognize the failures that have happened in our foreign policy? I would believe not.
I believe that it is time for a change to something other than an emotional wish for "Hope and Change." The past four years of "Hope and Change" has left many of us with empty pockets and broken hearts.
To the Editor:
You, too, can be a slacker spy
Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished the military training you began?
Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?
Well, don't beat yourself up. You, too, can become an international superspy like Edward Snowden.
Let’s welcome AIB judges to community
Judges James Abraham and Ed Hooker of America in Bloom will be in our community on Monday and Tuesday and we’d ask all of you to give them your best Eastern North Carolina welcome.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor:
It breaks my heart to look at the puppies and kittens at the Tarboro Animal Shelter pictured in Monday’s edition of the Daily Southerner. June is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, and I pray these fur babies will find a good forever home. Bucking a statewide and national trend, the kittens have a better chance of getting adopted than the puppies. Why?
Do not surround yourself with mediocrity
If you’re running a company, your own business or a government the worst thing you can do is to surround yourself with mediocrity. When I was a young (age 26) General Manager I told someone that I was about to hire a man for an important position in the company. This person advised me not to do this because the man was older than I was, had a lot of talent, and ambition and would probably be after my job. My answer to this advice was, ‘If I’m not up to doing my job properly then I should lose it, and that I wanted to surround myself with the most talented people I could so our company could be very successful.’
Small town hospitals often get bum rap
By and large, I think small town hospitals get a bum rap.
I know everyone has a horror story to tell about their hospital experience, and I’ve heard my share since arriving in Tarboro, but it’s not just the hospital up the street that sometimes experience problems.
Covering things up doesn’t work
I used to kid that I never told a lie except to get out of trouble. Actually, that was true, for a while, during my misspent youth. There were times when I was a kid that I did tell some lies in order to get out of trouble.
It didn’t work, but I kept trying for a while. Actually it made things worse and I had to pay a bigger penalty.
Give thanks to our fallen today
Today is Memorial Day. It is the day officially set aside to honor those men and women who have died in service to our nation.
My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
Each Friday, The Daily Southerner will recognize individuals, groups and businesses in Edgecombe County who have gone “above and beyond” in their effort to make this a better place to work, play and raise a family.
Benghazi: We need the real truth
The American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012 by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the consulate building. A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different diplomatic compound. Four people were killed including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured.
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