Biden blames 'buried' middle class on Republicans

Re: "Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years," Oct. 2

With a country deep in debt, a failed foreign policy and an economy poised to go into recession, voters should seriously consider what will happen if President Obama is re-elected. The inability of his administration to acknowledge its own failed policies -- and the consequences of continuing on a path to financial and social disaster -- is problematic.

Obama has continually circumvented established laws and subverted the will of the people. Most recently, he told companies affected by sequestration not to notify employees of impending layoffs. Compounding his irresponsible behavior, Obama then told these companies that the government will pay for any resulting lawsuits. That is not something the average taxpayer would agree to.

In a moment of lucidity, Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the middle class has been "buried" for the last four years. Following true Democratic Party dogma, however, he lays the blame on Republicans.

But the general public knows the truth.

Thomas Winthrop


Medicare rule punishes hospitals for readmissions

I'm very concerned about the new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the readmittance of Medicare patients within a 30-day period. Only an elitist liberal government would come up with such a one-size-fits-all rule.

This morning, I admitted a 71-year-old man with metastatic bladder cancer back into the hospital because he developed pneumonia in the lung to which the cancer had spread. He is in dire straits. Three weeks ago, he rolled over in bed and fractured his hip. We knew this was a pathological fracture due to the cancer and proceeded to fix it.

The hospital will be fined for this readmission on the assumption that all returns to the hospital in less than 30 days are due to fraud. We can now see how uncaring this administration is to the plight of the elderly. Thank God caregivers are still willing to take care of Medicare patients, but all this plan will do is make it harder for them to do so.

Patients consume 75 percent of their health care dollars in the last year of life. I'd like to see a politician look into a TV camera and tell America: "We will have to let your mother die early due to cost containment issues." CMS sees costs, but after 31 years of practice, I still see a human being in anguish.

Juan P. Suarez, M.D.

Orlando, Fla.

Connolly's opponent will vote to undo sequestration

Re: "Looming cuts dampen local economy," Sept. 27

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that "we cannot maintain a strong defense if sequester is allowed to happen." Sequestration is of even greater concern because of the recent terrorist attack on our Libyan embassy on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

According to a recent study by the Center for Security Policy, current proposals already cut defense spending by $487 billion between FY2013 and 2021. We certainly should not be cutting the defense budget any further.

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly, D-11th, voted in favor of sequestration and then tried to weasel away from his bad vote by urging Congress to forego recess until it was dealt with -- a political maneuver that had no chance of happening.

Col. Chris Perkins, a retired U.S. Army officer and former Green Beret, is running to unseat Connolly. He understands only too well how damaging deep defense cuts will be to America's security, and how losing billions of defense dollars could decimate Northern Virginia's local economy.

Perkins will vote to undo the sequestration defense cuts if he becomes congressman. I therefore urge my fellow Northern Virginians to vote for him on Nov. 6th.

Susan Lider

PR chairwoman,

Republican Women of Clifton