Concerned about Medicare
Since the election I have emailed Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden asking them to explain their positions on Republican plans to end Medicare. I emailed each of them three times. I have so far received an acknowledgement from Senator Wyden's office that my emails had been received, and a full response from Senator Merkeley outlining his complete support of Medicare as it now stands.
If you, like me, are concerned about the future of Medicare, now would be the time to contact our senators and representatives regarding our concerns. No matter who we voted for, I doubt that any of us voted for an end to Medicare.
Plan must change
In the vernacular, "let's be real": We cannot build $3 billion destroyers, $16 billion aircraft carriers, and $400 billion strike fighters and hope to reduce our national deficit, much less provide the social services we require.
Yes, yes, we do need to keep militarily strong, waste and corruption cleaned up. And maybe some jobs would be replaced from state to state, but how long can we keep going like this until someone calls in our markers? When a gambler welches on his marker IOUs, they can no longer ever get credit — or worse — depending on who they owe the money to. We are headed down the path to insolvency, if not already there. The plan (if there is one) must change.
Thankful for articles
Readers might be thankful for two articles appearing in the Thanksgiving issue of the Mail Tribune:
1. The Associated Press has discovered potential conflicts of interest (page B6, “Growing interests”) that may arise between a Trump administration and Trump businesses, a concept the AP has largely ignored or minimized as applied to actual conduct by the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation. We can only hope this discovery will introduce a new era of even-handed reporting that will hold powerful political interests accountable to the public.
2. Now that “Bigots no longer have to hide in the shadows” (page A9), Dana Milbank, and Leonard Pitts Jr., for that matter, may no longer have to scrounge for objects of their relentless name-calling.
Be careful what you wish for
To those with the desire to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a strictly popular vote, consider this. If 51 percent of the voters in California vote for someone, they can overrule the votes of all of the voters in one-fourth of the other states, and if 51 percent of the voters in California, Texas, Florida and New York vote for someone, they can overrule the votes of all of the voters in half the other states!
Obviously, this devolves into mob rule and completely nullifies the concept of equality of the states. The current electoral process considers both the congressional districts (population) in each state as well as the states themselves, balancing individual voter preference with the interests of each of the states. This is fair and appropriate given the duties of the president and vice-president, who represent the people and the United States.