The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 26, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-26 | Why work? Government pays for everything

— America is broke. Our states are broke. Our counties are broke. Our cities are broke. Yet it seems no one is concerned. In Barack Obama’s first four years in office, many millions of people were placed on entitlement programs, which are defined as beliefs that one is deserving or entitled to government handouts.

Let’s face it, this is why Obama was re-elected. Why would the 50 million people receiving government handouts and the 50 percent of Americans paying no taxes vote against him? When I go shopping, it seems like I’m the only one paying for what I buy – everyone else is using an Access card.

Mitt Romney promised to put America back to work, creating up to a million jobs per month, as Ronald Reagan did during the 1980s.

Why would anyone want to work when the government is paying his or her way?

After eight years of Ed Rendell raising virtually every tax on the books, Tom Corbett is constantly attacked for cutting spending with no tax increases. With the attitude of people today, Corbett will have a tough time being re-elected as Philadelphia will also control the governor’s race in 2014.

Recently, I saw a large sign on the back of a coal truck that stated, “Welfare is not a career.” Sad to say, in America, it has come to just that.

Certainly, the president’s legacy will be, “Barack Obama broke America.”

We’re in real trouble.

John R. Skubak


Kudos to special child-care program

Kudos to the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania and Lee Initiatives Inc. for holding the special child-special care conference for parents Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn.

Cindy Novak


What David saw continues in our world

Reading Psalm 73, you sense that David suffered disillusionment because the corrupt and wicked before God seemed to succeed without the troubles he experienced despite walking righteously before God. David became envious at the prosperity of those who “set their mouths against heaven,” speaking wickedly against God, whom they had no regard for.

David lamented for “cleansing his heart in vain,” that the wicked became fat and wealthy while he was beset by troubles.

What we see in America today parallels what David experienced. We see a corrupt president who lies pathologically succeed, has no regard for innocent life (abortion), who allowed four American heroes to die, denying them help, and now, unrestrained, working against freedoms he said he’d never do prior to re-election. He is surrounded by godless Marxists and contemptuously ignores our founding principles.

Sadly, much of Washington fits this same mold. Sadder still, the reason for his success: An “able-bodied” electorate prostituted for trinkets (free contraception, welfare, food stamps, easy disability, free cellphones/Internet, lifetime unemployment benefits) – rewards without responsibility.

David experienced pain as he watched such a society until he went into God’s sanctuary and then he understood the end of the wicked. Surely God did set them in slippery places: God casts them down to destruction. Society ignores God (Demo-crat convention) but at great peril and cost.

Jesus asks us: “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” For many: Their vote.

Barry W. Billings


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