When Karl Rove testifies, we won’t get fooled again

(Regarding article, “Deal means Rove, Miers will testify,” March 5.) If anyone expects that someone in Karl Rove’s position is going to be truthful in his deposition about the role he played in the attorney firings, then I have a bridge for sale in the Iraqi desert.

Rove’s agreeing to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee is being praised as a major democratic triumph by many pundits and Congress members. But what is it they think he’s going to confess to: that he helped orchestrate a major plot to eliminate certain attorneys in order to conceal internal corruption? Do they think that a man who convinced the population to preeminently destroy a random nation and then got President Bush reelected after that monumental debacle is going to slip when talking to a panel of people he’s fooled in the past?

In the infamous words of Rove’s former boss: “Fool me once, shame on …” — well, you know how it ends.

Boulder, Colo.

Gibbs, other Dems hypocritical on Rush

From Steve Lake

(Regarding article, “Gibbs ‘surprised’ that Steele apologized to Limbaugh,” March 3, and related coverage.) Here is what Robert Gibbs said in reacting to Rush Limbaugh’s comment that he wanted President Obama’s policies to fail: “I can only imagine what might have been said a few years ago if somebody might have said that on the other side relating to what was going on in this country or our endeavors overseas.”

This statement alone illustrates the attitude of the Democrats and the lousy reporting by the mainstream media in this country. I remember when Democrats practically danced in the aisles when things went poorly in Iraq or with the economy. Were they doing that because they wanted then-President Bush to succeed?

Where was Robert Gibbs when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared defeat in Iraq? Where was Gibbs when Howard Dean said we needed to get rid of George Bush? Where was Gibbs when Al Gore said that President Bush betrayed this country? Where was Gibbs when Dick Gephardt cheered that each 100-point drop in the market added another seat for the Democrats? Where was Gibbs when Keith Olbermann called the president a coward? Where was Gibbs when Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy (Mass.,) Dick Durbin (Ill.), John Kerry (Mass.) and others lied about our troops in Iraq?

I think Robert Gibbs needs to pay as much attention to his side of the aisle and let the marketplace judge Rush Limbaugh.

For the record, I hope this administration’s policies fail, too. I don’t want to be a socialist and I certainly don’t want to see any of Obama’s policies come to pass. This man is the opposite of capitalism and the antithesis of freedom.

Columbus, Ohio

Biden’s blather fuels entitlements

From Clark C. Curtin

(Regarding article, “Biden backs labor’s ‘card-check’ efforts,” March 5.) I respectfully submit that Vice President Biden should learn to keep his mouth shut about things of which he apparently knows nothing. Accordingly, he shouldn’t speak at all.

To say unions and union labor do not have a negative impact on our economy is naïve. Why do you think so many jobs have left our borders in favor of lower-wage countries? Why do you think we have become the largest importer (and debtor) nation in the world when 50 years ago we were the largest exporter (and creditor) nation?

This nation became great through the hard work and sacrifice of its citizens. Every one of them saw an opportunity to achieve greatness and prosperity for themselves. Over the years our government, through entitlements, has eroded the very drive that made us what we were. Now, because of these entitlements, people ask, “Why should I knock myself out? If I work and strive, the government takes it away from me. If I sit on my fanny, the government will give it to me.”

When our elected officials figure out these simple truths, maybe this country can get back on the right track. Oh, wait — our elected officials get entitlements too. Darn. Oh well.

Santa Teresa, N.M.