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October 9, 2011
I read recently that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor not only declared President Obama's American Jobs Act dead, he refuses to even take a vote on it. My question: If Mr. Cantor believes the bill doesn't stand a chance of passing, why doesn't he have the House vote on it so its members can publicly declare where they stand? Actions speak louder than words, and I'd like to see exactly which House Republicans are against this bill. The American Jobs Act would create jobs and put Americans back to work while helping those who need it most: teachers, veterans, young people and the long-term unemployed.
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NEWS
June 16, 2014
The funniest thing I've heard recently was a clearly shocked Eric Cantor being booted from office; it was hilarious that some people are fed up and willing to express it at the polls. The second funniest thing was Del. Jon Cardin's wife promoting her husband and professing his virtues to voters so he can continue the family's political dynasty ( "Megan Cardin: My husband would make the best AG," June 11). I hope that Mr. Cardin is "Cantorized" along with all the other Democrats and Republicans across the country who deserve it. The tea party may have issues, but at least some of the American people are speaking at the polls calling for a change in the same old guard.
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NEWS
October 31, 2013
Congress is at it again, doing what it does best - eloquently, with righteous indignation, and maybe more than a bit of schadenfreude, gathering together for the grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Hours will be spent in the process with the "satisfactory" outcome of finger-pointing, blaming and… exactly what is the ultimate benefit to the American people, these congressman are so fond of speaking for? Imagine if this august body actually assembled to acknowledge the problem and having done so to proceed collectively toward a solution.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
I was surprised by your editorial on the NBC interview with Edward Snowden ( "Snowden speaks," May 29). I consider myself fairly objective, yet I heard very different responses from Mr. Snowden than the editorial suggests. It was almost a cognitive dissonance, as though I had watched a different show. For example, I did not hear Mr. Snowden saying he would like to be a hero. I heard a highly intelligent and relatively humble Mr. Snowden saying he did what he felt was right for the American people.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | February 11, 1993
The U.S. is coming out of recession, at least until those 100,000 disemployed government workers hit the streets.Bill decided to go over the heads of the press to the American people, and now he's really in the soup.
NEWS
May 9, 2011
I have a question for Luke Scott and others who continue to require "proof" that President Obama was born in the U.S., even after conclusive documentation to that effect has been released. Remaining doubtful about President Obama's place of birth in the face of certified evidence to the contrary implies the distinct possibility that the highest public officials in the land are deliberately lying to the American people regarding a violation of the U.S. Constitution. This is an extremely serious allegation, and the American people have a right to know the truth.
NEWS
April 9, 2012
You guys really make me laugh ("Obama and judicial review," April 6). You write: "Here's an idea. Could everyone agree, between now and November to engage in genuine debate about issues affecting the American people?" Every time Comrade Barack Obama missteps, there is an excuse, but let one of the Republicans make a mistake and The Sun gets up on it left leg and has one big hissy-fit. This guy wants to get reelected and really doesn't care how he does it, and neither do you. And last but not least, do you think Mr. Obama really cares about "issues affecting the American people?"
NEWS
September 16, 2013
The Baltimore Sun's editorial, " Putin's dubious offer (Sept. 10), missed a key question. What did President Barack Obama give up in order for Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer a lifeline for the president's Syrian policy? Surely, Mr. Putin did not make this offer out of the goodness of his heart. Will the American people ever be privy to that information? Joan Trush, Kingsville
NEWS
February 27, 2010
In the aftermath of the attempt on the part of President Obama to address on a bipartisan basis the urgent need for health care reform, the stone wall he encountered by those who want to throw out the present bill and start from scratch prolongs the real suffering of the poor who are denied access to affordable insurance and treatment. I am angered by these mostly Republican delaying tactics. I want to respond by taking issue with some partisan stumbling blocks that underlie the situation.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
Why is it that the only party candidates that get into the presidential debates are Republicans and Democrats? Why not let a couple of the other parties' candidates participate as well? I would like to see the Green and Libertarian parties in the presidential debates this year and every election year afterward. That way the American people would have a better view of who is running and what they are proposing to do. John Hamilton, Columbia
NEWS
June 3, 2014
The American people need forthright members of Congress to keep us informed - to the extent possible - about what the government is doing to us in our name. As there are no external sources of information on the classified portions of the government, the integrity of the elected officials serving as watchdogs is of paramount importance. In April of 2013, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger used these words to describe the Cyberspace Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), about a month before the American people began to learn the scope of bulk surveillance: "MYTH: The government will amass countless amounts of data on U.S. citizens which will sit on government computer servers.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
It's illustrative that the people who run the National Security Agency consider their biggest threat not terrorists or foreign governments but rather the American people ( "Review, reform, but don't reject the NSA," Jan. 18). If anyone had any doubt that this is an un-American, rogue agency threatens our democracy, this statement removes it. It's time for the American people to recognize that the greatest threat to this country is not terrorists, and it certainly isn't whistle blowers.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
The Sun's editorial, "The canceled policies" (Oct. 31), completely ignores the real reason for the Republicans' "outrage, indignation and venom. " It is not about the Affordable Care Act's written policy as the editorial opines, it is about President Barack Obama and his administration's repetitive public lying to the Congress (who admit they did not read the law) and to the American people by promising they could keep their current health care coverage. This lie was said to gain the necessary support to pass the legislation.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Congress is at it again, doing what it does best - eloquently, with righteous indignation, and maybe more than a bit of schadenfreude, gathering together for the grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Hours will be spent in the process with the "satisfactory" outcome of finger-pointing, blaming and… exactly what is the ultimate benefit to the American people, these congressman are so fond of speaking for? Imagine if this august body actually assembled to acknowledge the problem and having done so to proceed collectively toward a solution.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 20, 2013
Yay. Yippee. Woo hoo, even. It was a nick of time rescue, like when Polly Pureheart is whisked off the railroad tracks right before the train comes barreling through, or the correct wire is snipped and the bomb timer stops counting down with just seconds left. Last week, hours before a historic default, Congress finally stopped playing chicken with the world's largest economy and ended the government shutdown. So ... hurray, right? Huzzah, right? Crisis averted, lessons learned, common sense restored.
NEWS
October 13, 2013
Today's leaders have got to do better. If they can't put their pettiness and arrogance aside and work for the good of the country, they aren't leaders at all and should retire or be removed from office. If the government is shut down, what do we need these people for anyway? This should apply to everyone from the very top to the very bottom of government. If they cannot see past their own selfish goals to find a way to meet in the middle, they are useless to the American people. The people in Congress who are currently not doing their jobs should not be receiving paychecks or benefits of any kind.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Talk about out of touch or on another planet ("Polls put Obama, Romney in a tie," May 8)! To quote, Republican Mitt Romney, "The American people are good-hearted people with the desire for good things to happen to one another, and we hoped that this president would be able to be successful.... " How can he say this when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the get-go that he wanted to destroy President Barack Obama? Robert V.P. Davis, Baltimore
NEWS
February 29, 2012
I fault President Obama for high gas prices because as the leader of the country he should be in tune with what matters most to American consumers. It is no secret that keeping gas prices low is a top priority, but people are still asking "what does the president have to do with gas prices?" My answer is that, as the nation's leader, he is America's chief advocate to the world, but he and his administration aren't doing enough to meet the needs of the American people. Gregory Thomas Jr.
NEWS
October 3, 2013
With the shutdown dragging along and no discernible progress coming out of Wednesday's meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders, Republicans bemoaned the Democrats' unwillingness to negotiate. They'll negotiate with the president of Iran, was the common GOP talking point, but they won't talk to us. Actually, the more appropriate comparison might have been that President Obama didn't negotiate with foreign terrorists out to hurt the country, and he isn't rewarding similar tactics back home.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
President Barack Obama used an address in Maryland on Thursday to try to pressure Republican lawmakers into accepting a spending bill to end the government shutdown that is now in its third day. "The longer this goes on, the worse it will be," Obama said at a company in Rockville, M. Luis Construction. "The impact of the shutdown goes way beyond those things that you're seeing on television. " Obama sought to tie the shutdown -- as well as the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling -- to the economy.
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