All politicians are to blame for U.S. woes
I was appalled by the article in The Charleston Gazette that stated, "Congress kicks the can down the road and goes home." It should have added "with their tails between their legs."
I wish these politicians would realize that what is best for their political party is not what is best for this great country of ours.
Quit pointing fingers at the other party and blaming them for this country's woes. They are all to blame for the mess that this country is in. They must cut out the pork-barrel politics and get down to brass tacks and try to get this country back into the world's eyes as the greatest country in the world.
I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a veteran, but I am ashamed of the so-called leaders of this country. And, come election time, I will do my best to change to what I think is the best course for this nation.
Now, I didn't intend to say all this, but I feel a whole lot better now that I've said it. We need to get God back in control of this great country of ours, and until we do, we'll never be able to hold our heads up high and proudly say, I am an American.
Still 'responsible' and 'productive'
I took responsibility for my life. I had a newspaper route at 12 years old. I worked at a bowling alley while in middle school and high school, a carryout and a Kroger store while going to college. I was drafted during the Vietnam War. Served my time and got out. I HAD a job that I was able to come back to. I married, worked, paid into Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and paid income tax to help fund roads, streets, schools, education, fire protection, police protection, federal and state governments.
I worked for over 30 years and retired, bought a home, had children who are working for their families.
I haven't had the misfortune to receive welfare assistance, but I know people who have. My aunt of 92 years got $40 a month in food stamps after her husband died. She was a school cook, and he worked at a construction company, then retired from the state government.
Like them, we had to plant a garden every year to help feed the family. There were eleven siblings. My dad and mom worked and he retired from a chemical plant. My mom retired but, most of her life, she was a homemaker.
That's just part of our history growing up. The neighbors around us, they did the same things. Most of all, those neighbor kids I know and my siblings went on to lead productive lives.
I'm retired now, leading an active life, still paying my "share" of taxes and Medicare premiums. I file an income tax return where I continue to help finance our government and pay for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's health-care benefits, too.
Isn't that being "responsible" and a "productive" person?
Jerry L. Payne
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