Weatherford Democrat

December 7, 2012

COLUMN: Democrats need to accept blame, too

Richard Feuilly

— You can rest assured that whatever Democrats claim Republicans are doing to destroy the country is exactly what they are doing.

President Bush has been accused of everything except the crash of the Hindenburg. I think Dick Cheney probably caused that.

You never hear a Democrat take responsibility for the housing market collapse. I doubt that you ever heard that the Bush administration tried 17 times to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Who said Republicans were trying to scare folks? Maxine Waters, Gregory Meeks, Lacy Clay, Artur Davis, Barney Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick and Jim Johnson robbed the taxpayers of millions of dollars. Had they been Republicans they would surely be in jail. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Barney Frank said that he saw no problem with Fannie and Freddie, but if they became a problem the taxpayers would not have to bail them out.

To be fair to Artur Davis, he has repented and become a Republican.

Accounting and auditing of both commercial and merchant banks was an important part of state oversight of the industry. Under both Bush and Clinton administrations this was removed, permitting private, bank-owned firms to audit banks and their investments. Another conflict of interest was created as banks were empowered, in essence, to regulate and audit themselves. The Glass-Steagall act of 1933 was totally repealed by Congress in 1999, the final year of the Clinton administration. So why not spread the blame around? Because, there is plenty to go around. To hear Democrats, they are as pure as the wind driven snow.

If you want to talk about problems caused by politicians, let’s talk about President Johnson and his war on poverty. You hear about the children that are in poverty. Have you ever stopped to ponder why that is? When a young lady tells her family that she doesn’t want to get married, but wants to have a child so she can get a welfare check and won’t have to work, there is something seriously wrong with that mind set. I met a couple in Atlanta when I was there for cancer treatment. The grandmother of the aforementioned young lady was on the verge of a nervous breakdown worrying about such an absurd idea. As usual, Big Brother government doesn’t give a rip about the damage that it causes as long as it sounds good to the illiterate and garners votes for bigger government. Instead of making things better for the poor, they have destroyed the family unit. There is a gentleman who works for my cousin who says that he has eight siblings, all by a different father. He has met the other fathers but has never met his father.

Since 1965, spending on welfare and anti-poverty programs has increased from $178 billion to $668 billion. The federal government has spent over $12 trillion, plus what states have spent, and we still have poverty.

What this country needs is to get back to the traditional family — you know, mother and father raising their children. What Democrats call progress is the road to real poverty.

Mr. Tilly (“Republicans should own up to problems they’ve caused,” Nov. 25 Viewpoints) says Republicans need to wake up. I agree. We need to start running candidates that are true conservatives, not Democrat lite.

Richard Feuilly is a guest columnist. He is a retired ditch digger and a resident of Weatherford.