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No thank-yous

To the Editor:

Dear Mr. President, thank you for killing Osama bin Laden, but any president under the circumstances would have ordered the strike against him. Maybe not Jimmy Carter? However, I thank you for not being him at that moment; but no thank you for the following:

Leaving Iraq in a lurch (hurry).

Telling the Taliban to play by the rules or you’ll take your ball and go home.

Watching the EU go down the drain into the Greece trap and wanting to take America along.

The chilly response during the Arab Spring when you encountered its best aspects and the frozen inaction when encountering its worst.

Putting raw meat of incentives in your pocket when you go scold the pit bulls of Iran and North Korea.

Hugging the door on your date with Israel.

But the worst thing is what you’ve done domestically. You sent a message to America in your re-election campaign that we live in a zero-sum universe. That life is a pizza, where some people have too many slices and other people have to eat the pizza box. You have no answer to the argument for more pizza parlors making more pizzas. Your solution is redistribution of the pizzas we’ve got with low-cost, government-subsidized pepperoni somehow materializing as a result of higher taxes on pizza parlor owners.

In this zero-sum universe, there is only so much happiness. Your idea that if we wipe the smile off the faces of the rich and successful people, that will make the rest of us grin.

Robert Meale

Woodstock

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