Where was GOP fury years ago?
I am angry. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Republicans aren't just throwing mud at President Obama; they would tar and feather him if they could.
Is it the end of the world because the Obama administration made a bad loan to solar-panel company Solyndra? Where was the fury when, for decades, undersecured loans were made, leading to a bust and leaving huge numbers of people without homes? This made a huge contribution to the recession.
Obama is a terrible manager, they say, not fit to be president. But it was OK to give tax breaks to the rich and not rescind them when it was obvious we were entering two extended wars? That is really poor judgment.
Unneeded rules are killing business? Lack of rules, or lack of their enforcement, brought on the Gulf oil spill and the fall of Wall Street.
It would be a grave mistake to turn the oil companies, or any large corporation, loose to do what they wish. If I had to make a choice, it would be to live with some enforced restrictions, even if some are overly restrictive.
I recently visited Prague in the Czech Republic, a formerly communist country. While there I visited the Museum of Communism. Its theme is "Communism: the Dream, the Reality and the Nightmare." I was struck by the similarity between the progress of socialism in Czechoslovakia and what is happening to us under President Obama.
During the first year of communism, the Czechs came to understand that the communist said one thing and did another. To be successful, the communists needed people to be happy fulfilling working duties for meager wages. Thus early on, people were led to class-conscious hatred toward the rich.
Private property was to be nationalized. Central planning resulted in few goods in stores and lives controlled by committees chosen by the politburo. Worse were the trials for those who didn't follow the socialist line.
In retrospect, the Czechs were judged to be politically naive.
Under Obama, we have moved past the dream (hope) stage and into the reality stage. With the implementation of Obama's socialist agenda, we will enter the nightmare stage.
Some believe that it can't happen here, but the Museum of Communism cries out for us to beware.
Act of terrorism
When does use of an improvised explosive device (bomb) become an act of terrorism? Is it when the device is improvised to explode under a roadway or manually carried in a backpack? Is it only when delivered by a truck, or as a package in the mail, but not when delivered by a well-engineered drone?
It seems beneath the will of real Americans to deliver an explosive device improvised to explode in a country we are not authorized to be in, from a secret base we aren't authorized to reveal, to kill someone who never stood trial.
A Somali citizen may sometime return one of our unexploded drone bombs in a backpack, killing many innocent Americans. If so, we will charge him with terrorism and question the patriotism of anyone who claims we caused it with secret drone bombings.
They are both terrorist attacks. The best way to reduce terrorism is to not be a terrorist.
Season of giving
Junior League of Wichita is proudly presenting the eighth-annual Holiday Galleria: A Day of Shopping, a Year of Giving, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Century II Expo Hall. Money earned from this year's event will go to combat child abuse.
Junior League of Wichita members are focusing their volunteer time and fundraising efforts on local children's welfare. Research shows that child abuse is on the rise amid increasing economic pressures.
Holiday Galleria attracts visitors from across the state and features more than 120 local and regional merchants. The event provides shoppers an opportunity to give back to the community and help the Junior League of Wichita's mission.
I hope to see you this weekend to kick off a wonderful season of giving and goodwill.
Junior League of Wichita
Sept. 24 was a great day. The weather was perfect. In the evening, we went to eat at the Hyatt Regency Wichita's Harvest Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant boasts locally grown and made food and proved to be a delicious choice.
After a lovely dinner, we headed through the hotel to Century II to see the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti. Having lived in other cities across the nation, we were pleasantly surprised to be able to purchase such good tickets at such a reasonable price. The orchestra, Botti, his band and two special guest performers provided an amazing performance, one that we won't soon forget.
After the concert, we wandered back through the Hyatt to the parking garage, where we were charged only $5 for parking.
We are proud transplants and can say that this was one of the best nights we can remember in years. We hope the rest of our fellow Wichitans will enjoy the many gems our community has to offer. We are still smiling.
BECKY and PATRICK TUTTLE