Republican nominees miss the point for the 'little guys'

Once again we have a stage full of potential Republican presidential nominees telling us cutting entitlements for the little guy and cutting taxes for the wealthy is the only way to rescue America from the woes the Democrats caused the last three years.

The "trickle-down" Reagan economic theory for some unknown reason is stuck in their craws. Just take a ride down River Road by the Chevy Plant and look at the parking lot. There's one-third the number of employee vehicles parked in the lot compared to 10 years ago. Or look at the American Axle plant, Rich Products or all the empty storefronts at the plazas throughout Western New York and tell me how trickle-down economics has done so far.

Yes, the wealthy are definitely more wealthy now than 10 years ago with no end in sight and the poor no doubt are poorer than they were 10 years ago with the end clearly in sight. The worst part of the whole deal is some Democrats are willing to make a deal with the devil and sell out on the debt ceiling issue.

We are being asked to make hard sacrifices and cuts, so how about our beloved politicians in Washington, D.C., cut their own pay, pay into their health insurance plans and get rid of the ridiculous pension plan after five years of service few in this country enjoy.

If the Republicans plan on cutting the deficit by reducing Medicare and Social Security benefits, I don't see much of a chance for re-election. Most Americans are counting on these benefits to survive in their golden years. I'm not too thrilled with President Obama either, but there's not much competition if the Republican party doesn't change its agenda.

Thomas Perkovich



So-called leaders can't make any real decisions

Another bridge proposal. Two sites being considered for the Buffalo Harbor bridge connecting the inner and outer harbors. Let's see how long this will take.

Environmental review process: five years; reviewing the bird and fish migration patterns: five years; type of bridge: five years; abiding by all the federal, state, county and city regulations: five years. After twenty years: the solution -- forget about it!

Or will a miracle happen and it might actually be accomplished. Nah! Too expensive! I'm on eternal optimist though, so let's hope something actually happens to make Buffalo for real.

Paul Divito



The issue with CEO pay is specific to individuals

I just had to respond to the July 11 letter, "Time to quit whining about high CEO pay." It was obviously authored by a neocon who is a fan of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Fox TV. In one sentence, the author indirectly condemns the entire country of Great Britain as lazy socialists who receive handouts. And then he attacks "bleeding heart" liberals because they complain about his precious CEOs while not "whining" about Hollywood actors or professional athletes who also make millions of dollars.

Well, for one thing, those people give us something back; something that we want. And they don't close down American companies to move them overseas in order to increase their pay and stock options even more. They don't act like monopolies and nickel and dime us to death with increased surcharges. They don't siphon off government subsidies while their companies are already making billions in profits. They don't use loopholes to dodge paying millions of dollars in taxes. I could go on, but the point is made.

And I'll keep whining as long as House Republicans continue to protect the super-rich and not allow the removal of Bush-era tax breaks that they continue to receive. I have respect for rich, altruistic individuals; however I cannot understand how any true American can possibly defend white-collar criminals, unless he is one or is simply just misguided.

John E. Swigonski

North Tonawanda


Politicians sold out on Peace Bridge project

Buffalo, N.Y., and Fort Erie, Ont., could have been connected by a world-class structure of international renown. With expanded customs and immigration and toll operations, this would have greatly reduced traffic slowdowns and excessive engine idling. A project of this magnitude would facilitate the creation of good paying local jobs in the construction, engineering, hotel/restaurant, manufacturing and transportation sectors, just to name a few.

However, this opportunity has slipped away. It would have been wonderful to experience an improved economic landscape with perhaps additional new industries drawn to this area as a result of this project.

Unfortunately, the politicians which garner the support of the self-serving liberal special interest groups answered the call by way of same-sex marriage. Congratulations on a job well done as this is being heralded as progress. Try to convey the idea of this so-called progress to the unemployed workers with families to support. Better yet, when you are enjoying a steak dinner as you are being wined and dined by your special interest group, don't forget about the unemployed waiting in line for food stamps.

Once again, the true proverb is realized: he who pays the piper, calls the name of the tune.

Richard Kokeny



Obama is incorrect in trying compromise

While I think I understand President Obama's need to appeal to independent voters and find workable compromises with the Republicans, I am very disappointed in his caving in to the right wing of the Republican Party which, at this point, appears to include most if not all Republican legislators. How can he even discuss the possibility of decreasing funds for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security benefits, Pell Grants, food stamps, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, unemployment benefits and a multitude of other programs that benefit the average American rather than simply increase taxes on the rich, who are and have been doing very well.

What is as deceiving as it is effective is that Republicans do not include the very wealthy when affirming their opposition to higher taxes; rather they conveniently omit the fact that these taxes would only affect their corporate sponsors. There is a very good reason for this: according to a recent survey, 82 percent of Americans are in favor of increasing taxes on the very wealthy.

When Republicans characterize this view as "class warfare," they are partially correct. But the warfare is against the middle class and poor and it is financed by the billionaires behind the honest but duped members of the tea party.

Andre Toth