December 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Fiscal cliff: Never the twain shall meet

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I want to live in a country governed by the 100 percent, not the 1 percent.

George Harlan

Old Orchard Beach

Pro-Palestine but fed up with just about everybody

I’m fed up with Americans (champions of democracy and the rights of the oppressed in the world) espousing unwavering support for Israel, remaining quiet about the construction of an apartheid wall, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to support the Israeli military machine and somehow thinking we can also be peace-makers in the region.

I’m fed up with Israelis continuing to annex Palestinian land and branding Palestinians as terrorists when they lash out because they can no longer stand the bullying, and with Palestinians for exclaiming, “Death to Israel,” and firing ever more deadly rockets indiscriminately into Israeli neighborhoods.

Same with the fiscal cliff here at home.

I’m fed up with Republicans, who got us into two wars, asked for no American sacrifice and insisted on tax cuts at the same time. (What were they thinking would happen? And then along came a recession!)

And with Democrats who, in the midst of a recession, drive through a laudable health care reform program (yet with little immediate cost containment), then doggedly continue to support benefit programs at levels that are unaffordable in post-recession America.

I’m a Democrat. But above all, I expect America’s elected leaders to very soon bring forth a compromise in the form of a dramatically new program of revenue generation and expenditures for the years ahead. Otherwise, the new world we find ourselves in will roll over us.

I’m also pro-Palestine (not anti-Israel). But above all, I expect Palestinians to give up guerrilla tactics and agree to Israel’s existence, and I expect Israel to abandon its decades-long program of land expansion and Palestinian persecution. Otherwise, the new world they find themselves in will roll over them.

Nate Bowditch

Westport Island

Sen. Collins continues to practice partisanship

My hope that Sen. Susan Collins would put the people of Maine before party politics was dashed again when she appeared with Sen. Bob Corker to cast her own stone at U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Even Joe Lieberman was unable to bring himself to join with his Republican friends in this open display of partisan politics.

It is striking that Sen. Collins had no such problem with the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for the same position after she helped lead us into the Iraq war by spreading intentional misinformation about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.

Olympia Snowe may be leaving because she can no longer tolerate the lack of partisanship, but Sen. Collins appears to have no such problem.

Tom Mikulka

Cape Elizabeth

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