Democrats own the coming financial meltdown

Re: "GOP should let Obama deal with Obamacare mess," Editorial, Nov. 12

With critics calling for the Republicans to reevaluate their positions on many issues and President Obama claiming a mandate to raise taxes, I want to join the chorus of those who are urging us to go back to the "good old days" when Bill Clinton was president. Congress should not try to keep the Bush tax alive and just let the Clinton tax rates go back into effect.

Happy days will be here again. The fact that tax receipts will go up by $2 trillion from the middle class and less than $1 trillion for those who pay the majority of taxes today will not go unnoticed. It is time for the country to re-learn the lessons going back to John F. Kennedy who advocated reduced taxes on "the rich" and the economy started to recover -- until Lyndon Johnson spent it all on his wars on poverty and Vietnam, both of which we lost.

So the best thing the current Congress could do is to just let the new Congress deal with an electorate that has to take a huge reduction in take-home pay with millions losing their high-paying jobs because of trillion-dollar cuts in the defense industry.

The people have voted and it is time for them to understand what they have done. It would be dumb for the Republicans to stand in the line of fire and defend voters from the consequences of their own decisions.

Jack Adams


Big government created illegal immigration problem

Re: "Don't call it a mandate," Nov. 12

Gregory Kane argues that despite their defeat, Republicans should stick to their strict enforcement position on illegal immigration. "Either illegal is right, or it's wrong," he writes. "Since it's 'illegal' by definition, I'm going with the assessment that it's wrong."

But this stance is simple authoritarianism, which defines anything that the government makes "illegal" as wrong. In other words, "might makes right." Yet conservatives know better than anyone that state action can be misguided. Kane even recognizes this when he condemns federally-funded abortion and the contraception mandate.

Kane claims that "some are suggesting we abandon principle." But what immigration advocates ask of conservatives isn't for them to abandon principle, but to extend their principles of small government to immigration.

Like all black markets, big government created the illegal immigration problem by prohibiting entry for low-skilled workers. The small government solution is to free the labor market, not perpetuate its restrictions.

David Bier

Immigration policy analyst,

Competitive Enterprise Institute


Opposition to abortion based on God's law

Re:"Abortion decision based on separation of church, state," From Readers, Nov. 8

Edd Doerr made several mistakes in his letter. The first was claiming that former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was a "devout Catholic." That's nonsense. Brennan was an architect of the hideous Roe v. Wade decision which has resulted in the killing of more than 55 million preborn babies, many post viability and even near birth. The Catholic Church has always taught the killing of innocent, defenseless human beings is evil and a grave sin.

His second mistake is stating that opposition to abortion is based on "disdain for women's health and rights of conscience." It is based on God's law and love for both the preborn and their mothers. And in contradiction to Doerr's statement, it's also backed by Judeo-Christian scripture.

It's strange that as president of Americans for Religious Liberty, Doerr is not familiar with God's command to Moses not to kill innocent human beings.

Diane Hess