Essentials are not bargaining chips

"No Country for Old Men" is not just an Oscar-winning movie, but the mantra of the Republican Party.

Paul Ryan said Medicare is in trouble because people are living longer. The GOP solution appears to be to make health care more difficult to get by raising the Medicare age to 67, turning it into a voucher system that doesn't keep up with inflation, and undermining Obamacare so 50 million people will not get the preventive and immediate care needed to cure life-threatening diseases.

In short: no health care, no old age, no problem.

The GOP must understand that people still get sick and old. It is far more efficient and effective to pool our resources and share the risks of life contingencies than for individuals to do so. Plus, it is the right thing to do.

Republicans and Democrats must understand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not bargaining chips in the sequestration discussions, but essential in the fabric of our society. They are not negotiable.

David Kurrent

Pinole

Sowell one of best thinkers out there

Thomas Sowell is one of the clearest thinkers and editorial writers in the country. I am grateful to see him on the editorial page. More people should pay attention to and think about what he writes.


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Sowell is easily verified and he does not cherry-pick or exaggerate his facts. I guess if it goes over your head, you call it "gobbledygook."

Robert Mason

Walnut Creek

Administration is not transparent

President Barack Obama and his administration has not been transparent on Benghazi, Obamacare, unemployment, or anything else.

His only claim to fame was a foreign policy started by George W. Bush that killed Osama bin Laden. So when al-Qaida struck in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, two months before the election, the lies began.

The truth is that on that afternoon everyone in the White House was watching Benghazi unfold in real time on satellite feed and from a drone. Cries for help were ignored for fears of "helicopters in the desert" on the front page of every newspaper.

Then came the spin: Four Americans died over a mob reaction to a video. The moviemaker was even arrested for effect.

It was all for nothing. Obama was still re-elected; we reached the tipping point.

America has more people getting free stuff than taxpayers. There are 50 million on food stamps alone. That's why we're $16 trillion in debt -- people vote for free stuff.

Bill Jones

Pleasant Hill

Hostess bailout would be sweet

Isn't it a shame the government didn't bail out Hostess as it did the automakers?

It would have been a sweet deal. At least consumers of all ages could afford such.

I guess the only remembrance I will have going forward is when I hear the song Twinkie, Twinkie little star, Santa's declaration of Ho, Ho, Ho at Christmas and the Ding Dongs in Congress who can't agree on a budget.

Isn't that a Zinger?

Rick Hellrung

Antioch

No problem with opposing views

Regarding the comic strip "Mallard Fillmore," I am a big fan of it.

I find that it provides a needed counterpoint to "Doonesbury," which I also like.

I don't understand people who are fearful of opposing opinions. Maybe it's because they aren't all that secure in their own beliefs.

Richard Certo

Antioch