Bashing America --

the left's pastime

If you are opposed to the building of the Ground Zero mosque you must be a bigot. If you support the Arizona immigration law, you must be a bigot or a racist who condones racial profiling. If you oppose the healthcare law, it is because you are just "misinformed." If you disagree with any of this president's policies and you happen to be caucasian, well then, according to daily broadcasts on Barack Channel, MSNBC, you obviously have a problem with an African American as president. If this was any other president, his polls would be in the 30s right now.

Julie Criscuolo


Julie, Julie, Julie

In the imaginary world in which letter-writer Julie Criscuolo resides there must be someone with the same name as mine. How else can you explain her hissy-fit directed at me [Fairfield Citizen, Oct.13] for my supposed support of Richard Blumenthal for the U.S. Senate, when I have never said nor written a single opinion about Blumenthal's candidacy?

I'll answer my own question. Julie's attack aimed at my imaginary support of Blumenthal, came within the context of her letter featuring a dogged defense of the use of plagiarism by her fellow conservative. Julie's using a tactic all political ideologues turn to when they want to deflect an issue because they haven't a leg to stand on, and their role models are people such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who make stuff up. It's called the straw man ruse, and it's a tactic that's transparent to all but their slow-witted sycophants.

In the same letter, Julie argues that it's OK to employ plagiarism because, after all, Joe Biden was once caught at it 20 or so years ago. That's the logic you'd expect from a 5 year old, who when questioned by a parent as to why he did something wrong, or stupid, responds with, "It's OK because my friend did it." It's the level of argument heard in an elementary school playground.

It's ironic that Julie would even submit a letter to the Fairfield Citizen, which she publicly (and incorrectly I might add) chastised with a tongue lashing as having "editorial incompetence and being unprofessional." If she truly believed her characterization of The Citizen, and knew that "the medium is the message," then why would she want her writing to appear in a publication which she's labeled as incompetent and unprofessional? It's obvious and sad that Julie hasn't even got the courage of her own convictions.

And as for Julie's self-admitted addiction to respond to any letter I submit to the newspaper, (she says my letters inspire her to keep writing), I guess that makes me her muse. Ugh!!! Sorry folks. All kidding aside, if she can't help herself, there's a nearby clinic that can help her with her addiction.

Richard Ross


Republican policies

set this stage

Julie Criscuolo has evidently spent the summer working up a whole slew of new anti-Obama screeds which she is now carpet bombing us with. As usual, her "content" comprises more anger and spin than thought. Can I get some equal time for some spin of my own?

Stimulus: A failure? The vast majority of adult economists (read not Ann Coulter or Glenn Beck) agree that without the stimulus, the financial crisis would be significantly worse than it is now. Modest private sector job growth is being offset by government job losses at the state and local levels. The "smaller government" crowd should be cheering the fact that we are paying fewer teachers and first responders. Funny, I can't hear them.

Healthcare: My staunchly Republican business partner thinks it's pretty cool that his underemployed 24-year-old daughter doesn't have to worry about medical insurance for another couple of years. 'Nuff said.

Deficits: When Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, he inherited a sixth consecutive Bush budget deficit, this one in excess of a trillion dollars.

Jobs: When Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the economy had been hemorrhaging more than 700,000 jobs a month for months. If you think Bush's tax cuts created jobs, consider that a blogger at The Wall Street Journal (yes, The Journal, not The Times) called Bush's record of creating an average of 375,000 jobs a year the "worst track record on record" since the Truman administration.

Bailouts: The Bush administration initiated the rescue of the financial industry. Obama has held bankers' feet to the fire, over Republican protest, and taxpayers might, just maybe, make a small profit on the deal. Now Republicans, who are getting fistfuls of financial industry money in this election cycle, claim that the banks are the victims of a plot to have a grown-up actually regulate bankers, rather than party with them (see Minerals Management Administration, Bush).

Under George Bush, the Dow, after inflating to more than 14,000 in October 2007 subsequently lost more than half its value over the next 15 months, bottoming out at 6,500. After 18 months of Obama's "socialism," the Dow is back above 11,000. And the president has finally signed several pieces of legislation to help small business, which Republicans, opposed because, as Mitch McConnell said, helping small business was an "election year stunt."

We all get it that the Bush fiasco is too big to clean up in 18 months, but Republicans cling to the mantra that loose regulation and tax cuts for the wealthy are the solution to the problems largely caused by loose regulation and tax cuts for the wealthy.

A popular quote these days defines insanity as a condition of continuing to do the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Heading into this election, which thanks to the Citizens United decision has already been bought and paid for, that pretty much sums it up.

Doug Jones