In 2010, America will have a trillion-dollar, 2,000-page plan to reduce health costs that ignores the malpractice lawsuits that increase costs $200 million a year. It exempts Congress and 2.4 million other federal employees, and cuts Medicare by $500 billion.
It also increases taxes by $400 million, including on wheelchairs. The taxes start in 2010 and the benefits start in 2014. I thought Bernie Madoff was in jail?
Chairman, Republican Assembly
Free to criticize religions
I am delighted to find myself in agreement, for once, with The Examiner’s generally more conservative writers who argue that we should oppose the United Nations’ proposed “Islam blasphemy ban.”
I agree entirely that we should be able to criticize the religion of Islam, particularly when it advocates its call for jihad against infidels. (See Quran surahs eight and nine especially).
By the same token, we should be perfectly free to criticize the religion of Christianity when it calls for the subjugation of women (See Timothy 2: 11-12) and its condemnation of all nonbelievers (See John 3: 18). In fact, we should be perfectly able to criticize religion in all its forms.
Colts’ moves unfair to fans
I think benching star quarterback Peyton Manning and other key starters against the New York Jets by the Indianapolis Colts management was not only unfair and disappointing to the Colts players, but also to sports fans and the National Football League.
A chance for a perfect season only comes by once in a blue moon, and for a team to ruin their chances at it by their own actions is shameful and disgusting.
In the future, fans would remember the Indianapolis Colts much more for a perfect season than for winning a Super Bowl. It would have put them among the elite teams in league history.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Toll hikes are shortsighted
By adding bridge toll increases related to time of day, the cost of commuting will increase dramatically at the times usually required for traveling to work or school. The estimated maximum 21 minutes time of delay and the toll costs of $2.50 to $35 will in some cases make it a better deal to drive around the South Bay via San Jose.
Likely, these time-of-day tolls will be fought in court. And if enacted, the number of travelers going through the toll booths will decline even more, leading to even higher tolls.
Prepare for GOP purge
Get ready for the coming political purge in the Republican Party. Bush loyalist neocons are already blasting the socialconservatives. If elitist GOP elements continue to show contempt for middle-class “blue dog” issues, it will be interesting to see who purges whom.