Letters to the editor on political parties, Obamacare, Social Security
11/12/2013 5:27 PM
11/12/2013 5:27 PM
Political parties still pose threat
In last week’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, the full-steam-ahead liberal got 48 percent of the vote and the full-steam-ahead conservative got 45.5 percent. That close result is a dark cloud hovering over the immediate future of the United States.
The extremists advocating for each political party have the country so sharply divided that everyone should seriously begin to consider that no good will come from it. For the sake of everyone’s prosperity, they had best begin working toward agreement on a host of things. New and fresh leadership must be found within their ranks, and found soon.
It is always wise to recall what the first president of the United States warned of the threat from political parties:
“They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”
RON A. HOFFMAN
Well, I’m a shameless Republican, but not shameless enough to lie (Nov. 7 Opinion Line). I got on HealthCare.gov and got a ballpark quote on a 62-year-old man without subsidy of about $3,710 per year for the silver plan. No information on the deductible or coverage is offered at this level of scrutiny, but the annual out of pocket is presented to be about $13,000. So that’s about $309 per month, not the $132 that an Opinion Line commenter supposedly is paying.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and it’s spreading here.
I am 72 years of age and my wife is 69. Social Security is scheduled to get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in January 2014. This is OK, but in the past three months my home insurance and utilities have increased $163 a month. The Social Security increase means about $38 more to my wife and me. That would leave a $125 “shortfall.” It seems to me this whole country is in shortfall – or bankruptcy.
The $17 trillion U.S. national debt doesn’t bother me much. The $125 less a month bothers me a lot.