Partisan Democrats blocked the stimulus our economy...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 05, 2002

Partisan Democrats blocked the stimulus our economy needs

If an era of bipartisanship ever existed after the events of Sept. 11, it is certainly over now that Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the Democratic leadership have blocked the stimulus package backed by the president and the House ("Fiscal relief put off till '02," Dec. 21).

Mr. Daschle, along with the likes of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, are up to their familiar political warfare with the Bush administration, and in this case they will severely hurt American working families.

While Congress agreed to give itself a raise this holiday season, its actions make clear it cares more about the 2002 elections than the economic revival middle- and lower-class families sorely need.

Mr. Daschle and the Democratic leadership, who constantly preach a message of looking out for the little guy, have shown they are nothing more than power-hungry, partisan ideologues.

The American people are the ones losing out.

David Goldberg

Ellicott City

A bipartisan stimulus package was passed by the House and favored by 53 senators. But Sen. Tom Daschle and most Senate Democrats don't want the economy to improve before the next election. Because Democrats are the Senate's majority, there is no stimulus package.

A little intellectual honesty on The Sun's editorial page would be refreshing.

What we get instead is cover for the Democrats such as "Partisan wrangling blocks needed relief" (editorial, Dec. 22).

Ted Hartka

Phoenix

Daschle is right to block GOP's corporate handouts

I think Sen. Tom Daschle is a hero. He is risking his political future to stop President Bush's incredible $210 billion economic stimulus package.

The reason? Every nickel of that money would be taken from Social Security. And instead of helping alleviate the situation (which was partly caused by their layoffs of thousands), the big corporations would get handouts worth billions.

No wonder the Republicans are demonizing Mr. Daschle: He's cutting through their smoke and mirrors to reveal the truth.

Michael Kernan

Baltimore

Turn down the pay hike Congress doesn't deserve

The audacity of Congress in allowing itself a pay raise at this time is shameful. Not only is our country suffering deficits again, but many Americans are out of work with no prospects of employment.

Our senators and congressmen are well-paid. They also receive inexpensive medical care and other perquisites ordinary Americans do not enjoy. If anyone in Congress feels he or she earns too little, that person is free to resign and go into the private sector to earn more.

I call upon Maryland's senators and congressmen to refuse the pay increase in an act of solidarity with fellow Marylanders who aren't quite as fortunate this year.

Ed Hershon

Reisterstown

State lawmakers must learn how to lead us by example

The Sun's article "Lawmakers anxious over pay increase"(Dec. 23) should have incensed every taxpayer in the state of Maryland. I am burned up at the thought that those in our legislature haven't the good sense to hold off on a pay raise until the economy can afford such a luxury.

Leaders ask us to bite the bullet, tighten our belts and make sacrifices, while they live high on the hog. I would venture to say the majority of them aren't worth the price of a cup of uncooked rice.

When will our leaders learn to lead by example?

John F. Thomas

Catonsville

Teaching reconciliation sows the seeds of peace

Peter Hermann's article "Israeli watchdog criticizes the new Palestinian textbooks" (Dec. 18) masterfully reveals the animosity toward Jews embedded in the textbooks of Palestinian Arabs.

Such education is the seed for attacks on innocent civilians. Glorifying terrorism and adamantly refusing to recognize Israel translates into violence and hatred.

Peace begins in the classroom, by teaching reconciliation, not programs of instruction that prolong hostility for another generation. Palestinian children should be taught to emulate great musicians, authors and scientists instead of being molded into sacrificial lambs.

Chavie Klein

Baltimore

Bin Laden tape demonstrates religion can justify anything

The thing that struck me most about the bin Laden videotape is how often Allah was both credited and thanked for the horrible events of Sept. 11. In The Sun's excerpted version, I counted 21 times ("Compelling evidence in bin Laden's words," Dec. 14).

In the 1700s, the French philosopher Voltaire opined, "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."

After reading the bin Laden excerpt, I think it is reasonable to expand Voltaire's statement to include, "to justify anything in the world one wishes to do."

And any study of history shows that the god of the Muslims is hardly the only one used in this fashion.

Herman M. Heyn

Baltimore

Sun finally gets the story of Pigtown's progress right

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