In the photograph of President Barack Obama with Gov. Rick Perry, did you notice the colors of their neckties? Is subliminal campaigning being waged right before our eyes?
It seems that when President Barack Obama speaks in terms of the “rich,” he fails to identify adequately who the 1 percent are and the means by which these relatively few Americans still continue to amass such absurd amounts of wealth. Contrast the top 1 percent with the 90 percent of Americans who continue to find themselves economically worse off, with ever-increasing numbers of Americans being added to our welfare rolls.
Instead of flying around the country taking credit for work he did not do and accomplishments he did not achieve, he should address the obvious lapses in our corporate governance, our lopsided federal tax laws, jobs that aren’t real and the chicanery practiced by many in his own political party to cover for a president who just doesn’t seem to get it.
Re: May 9 commentary, “Look to Texas, Mr. President, to learn about creating jobs.”
Our governor is touting Texas jobs again; isn’t that great? Under Gov. Rick Perry’s rule, we have created thousands of low-benefit jobs with wages that are impossible to live on. It’s fine to our governor that there are folks in our state having to work three jobs to make ends meet, however, because that means three more jobs that he can use to mislead Texans into believing that his economic policies work. He touts Texas jobs, despite having 14 percent under- and unemployment, he touts our education systems, despite constantly gutting our schools’ funding, and he touts little government regulation, despite Texans just suffering through the result of that deregulation in West. Governor, we can only hope that the rest of the country doesn’t model itself after Texas because, thanks to you and your misleading language and outright lies, the only person in this state with any job security is you.
10th grader at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Mother’s Day is here, and I am thankful that I am able to celebrate this special day with healthy, happy children. But there are eight mothers who lose their children to gun violence every day, and for them, Mother’s Day means something entirely different. We must prevent this loss of innocent life from continuing. I expect my elected officials to put our children’s safety above their political careers and the profit and influence of the gun industry. Mothers are tired of hearing excuses. As voters, we will hold our elected officials accountable for keeping our children safe from gun violence. A mother’s right to protect her children “shall not be infringed.”
Co-Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Austin TX Chapter
The City Council approved a rate hike for all Austin energy ratepayers. The Public Utility Commission and the administrative law judges in their review of the rate filing package found that not only was a rate increase not warranted, but a decrease in rates was actually in order. Since ratepayers outside of the city limits are now going to be getting a rate decrease based on the prudency and reasonableness of the expenses presented in the case, the City Council should decrease the rates for those ratepayers inside the city limits, because a rate increase is not warranted. If they don’t approve a rate decrease commensurate with the one granted in the case before the Public Utility Commission, then they are sanctioning the bogus revenue and not the prudent and reasonable expenses found in the thorough review, a review the City Council should have undertaken to begin with.