America's government shows lack of sense
Feb. 12, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Lack of using common sense in today's world is commonplace, especially in the political arena. The worst-case scenario was President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Timing for the passage of this massive law was ridiculous, as our nation was in a deep recession with a record national debt. There was no bipartisan approval or public support. Adequate funding was not available, requiring large future tax increases and more borrowing. Negative impact of the law allowed Republicans to gain control of the House of Representatives. The law seriously impacted economic recovery and caused chaos in the health industry.
Consider the agreement made by our government and others regarding Iran's nuclear program. Does anyone believe Iran will give up its nuclear weapons program after spending years and billions developing it? This agreement serves Iran's purposes only as it receives concessions regarding sanctions, and in return, inspections would be allowed to make sure no weapons-grade nuclear fuel was being produced. However, this won't prevent secret scientific research involving nuclear weaponry and, when ready, converting its nuclear fuel to weapons grade. The consequence of this occurrence is too horrific to discuss.
More protection for the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, should have been provided. Benghazi had an unstable government, and terrorists were active in the area. The anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack was an upcoming event, and demonstrations or riots by terrorists/radicals were certain. Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, ignored all these facts, including internal reports indicating the embassy lacked adequate protection. The results were that four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed by terrorists.
President Obama still delays approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Acceptance of the pipeline had wide public support, and environmental impact statements were positive. Pipeline construction would have provided thousands of jobs. Increased oil supply from a friendly adjoining nation would have helped our nation become energy independent and helped maintain adequate oil supplies when unforeseen shortages occurred.
It appears that Obama's socialist ideology and political ambition is changing our nation to such an extent that common sense is rarely a compensating factor.
Allen J. Novosad, Edna