Obama admin playing politics with public safety

Graham’s Boston blame contradicts his 9/11 stance

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is blaming the Obama White House for the Boston Marathon bombings. I have nothing against Graham. In fact, I publicly urged Mitt Romney to consider naming the senator as his GOP running mate. What I take exception to is Graham’s selective memory.

I watched Graham’s video on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. He was dignified, thoughtful and respectful. He never blamed the Bush White House for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. 

I am wondering why it’s OK for the GOP senator to blame a Democratic administration for bombings that killed 3 and injured more than 200 in Boston, but failed to point the finger at a Republican White House when jihadist radicals killed more than 3,000 innocents in New York and Washington? 

From Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach, Calif.


Obama admin playing politics with public safety

Because the Republican leadership in Washington is either too stupid or too cowardly, or both, to speak out about the air traffic controllers, ordinary citizens must. The truth is, President Obama is the first president, that I know of, who is intentionally hurting the American people for political gain. And in the case of the air traffic controllers, he is gambling with their safety, and it’s long past time someone in the leadership of the Republican Party said so.

What Obama is doing is not new: mayors and city council members do it all the time. It even has a name: “the fireman effect.” When the voters of a city vote down a tax increase, for example, the mayor closes down every park in the city and lays off every park worker rather than lay off one person on his bloated staff. The public will notice and be hurt by the park closings, but not by his reduced staff.

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Unfortunately, Obama has perfected it. How? First, by disregarding jobs and the economy his first two years in office, which led to great suffering by the public and concentrating on his political agenda — ObamaCare. Second, by hampering drilling for energy on federal lands and refusing to allow the Keystone pipeline, thereby hurting Americans by denying them jobs and driving up gas prices (gas was $1.84 per gallon on Jan. 20, 2009, when he became president). 

Most recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which manages the air traffic controllers, has furloughed 10 percent of them across the board at all airports, without considering the added need at busy airports, to make the flying public suffer, in the hopes they will blame Republicans. The fact is, the FAA spends $500 million a year on consultants and $470 million on communities for “livable and sustainable” standards. You can’t tell me they can’t cut that and provide the controllers necessary for safety.

But you say it’s not Obama’s fault, that the sequester that is causing this was the work of Republicans. But The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reported that the sequester was a White House idea. And the Republicans in Congress offered to provide a bill that would give the president the authority to adjust the cuts to keep essential services from being affected ... he said he would veto it.

From Conrad Quagliaroli, Woodstock, Ga.


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From Roy Newsom, Granbury, Texas