Editor,

Yes, indeed, there are many! While Democrats are embarrassed on behalf of the country when Trump makes an idiot of himself among foreign leaders, Republicans hope that Presidents like Obama and Biden would, cheering at the smallest little insignificant misstep or mistake.

Democrats want it easy to vote, so that all can execute their constitutional rights, while Republicans make it as hard and cumbersome as possible, mainly to make it easier for likely votes against them to be blocked.

While Republicans make up lies about Presidents Obama and Biden, they deny or ignore the blatant lies coming out of Trump’s mouth.

While Democrats want to get the facts straight and the truth behind events like the Jan. 6 insurrection, Republicans want to hush it all down, while on the other hand being insanely preoccupied with insignificant or made-up stories.

While Republicans ignore Trump enriching himself and his family while in the White House, they are criticizing President Obama’s financial success after leaving office, whether through his books or speeches.

While Republicans have kept quiet about Trump’s surrounding himself with criminals and incompetents, they are trying desperately to find something to criticize among Presidents Obama and Biden’s staff — even if they have to cook up something. Anything.

While Democrats are really trying to work with Republicans for the good of the country, and to honor their voters, Republicans make official statements about absolute non-cooperation, no matter what.

Indeed, differences devastating for the country.

Jorg Aadahl

San Mateo

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Jorg

These comments have made another difference between Republicans and Democrats abundantly clear! When Republicans have no good answer, or where a true, honest response would be too embarrassing to admit, they will muddle it all up with all kinds of unrelated comments, statements, and questions, often including praise for the worst WH occupant in modern history, Trump, such an incompetent, lying loser, while lying about and showing complete disrespect for honest and accomplished presidents like Obama and Biden. Democrats, on the other hand, would be far more likely to stick to the topic at hand and respond the best way they can, even admitting shortcomings on their own side.

Terence Y

Jorg – these comments have made another difference between Republicans and Democrats abundantly clear (although not everyone here is an R or a D)! Because Democrats have no answers whatsoever, especially in regards to any bungling Biden successes, they can only launch personal attacks to cover for their ineptness. I’m still looking forward to your responses to Ray’s questions but I won’t hold my breath as you’ve failed miserably in your responses. Meanwhile, dementia Joe again lying about his Amtrak story, although with Joe’s cognition, Joe probably thinks it’s true. Confused Joe thinking he was at a bus factory when in reality, it was a virtual visit. America Last! BTW, I see your exclamation point and I raise you one.

Ray Fowler

Jorg

The old saw… whatever progressives are accusing you of doing is exactly what they are doing to you is absolutely applicable to nearly everything you post.

Yesterday, you made some outlandish and unsupported claims about Georgia’s voting laws. Never mind that a record number of minorities voted in Georgia and across the nation… according to you, their votes are being suppressed.

Oh, it gets better… when asked if you could cite examples of any state legislatures currently considering voting guidelines that would suppress voting… your response? Crickets.

You attacked Georgia’s new voting laws by saying essentially those laws have to be suppressing the vote because that’s what the media is saying. You are, of course, referring to the liberal media. Then… you claim it’s about what Republicans have “done” in Georgia. Heavens to Murgatroyd, Jorg! When asked to explain what have Republicans actually “done” in Georgia… your response? More crickets. Finally, a crack of lightning and what we hear from the all seeing and all knowing Joracle: there must be suppression in Georgia because a lawsuit has been filed. Yes, the AG is contesting some absentee ballot procedures, but he is not challenging the Georgia voting laws as you have suggested. Tsk! Tsk!

Yesterday, when asked twice… Jorg… what exactly in Georgia's recent voting laws did you find objectionable? Your response? Another Gryllidae chorus.

Jorg

OK, Ray, how about this:

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/6/28/headlines/justice_department_sues_georgia_over_voter_suppression_law

Ray Fowler

Jorg

Your source, “Democracy Now!” is described as a left wing news outlet, but that sounds a little harsh to me… a “strong left bias” may be a more accurate description. It’s founder, Amy Goodman, certainly is passionate about social causes; it appears the outlet can be more involved in activism than journalism. So, while “Democracy Now!” is reporting that the AG’s lawsuit is aimed at voter suppression, the lawsuit is narrowly focused on issues surrounding absentee ballots.

Now, to be fair, Republican claims that the suit is a “politically motivated attack” may be a little harsh, too. But at its core, the new law does make it easier to vote and harder to cheat. The new law expands early voting hours, ensures secure ballot boxes are available in every county and requires showing a voter ID to get an absentee ballot. Even Stacey Abrams now supports the idea of voter IDs. Here’s what is crazy… if you have a government issued ID, e.g. a driver’s license, all you have to do is write the number on your absentee request and sign the application. There are other and easier ways to comply with this requirement. Remember, Jorg… Norway also has voter ID requirements.

What is bothersome is the administration’s sweeping statements that the government is pressing legal action to ensure there is no discrimination against Black voters in Georgia. And that’s the kind of “news” that outlets like “Democracy Now!” are fond of reporting. If a local official discriminates against anybody during the balloting process, that official should face whatever judicial consequences are appropriate. Do we really need Merrick Garland to tell us that?

Tafhdyd

There is another way to tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats that I learned many years ago. You only need to look at who is getting the short end of the stick. (Use your imagination about what I am saying there because the censors will not allow the actual wording.)

If it is a woman, or several women, it is typically a Democrat. Think Bill and Monica, Gary Hart, John Edwards etc. and their affairs. If it is the general public, think working class vs tax breaks for the 1% and the big corporations, or if it is the men, think Mark Foley or Larry Craig, it is typically a Republican.

Another indication of the Republican party, “the party of family values”, is hypocrisy. They also enjoy their female company but say you shouldn’t. Think Newt Gingrich and of course Donald also.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

Hello my friend. I pray all is well with you and yours.

I agree that when it comes to sex, money and egos, all bets are off. Also, that politicians are two sides of the same coin. We could go back and forth for as long as you care on bad behavior. Human nature has no political affiliation. It started in the Garden of Eden.

Tafhdyd

Good afternoon Wilfred,

Thanks for the thoughts. Things are OK but not as good as they could be.

You probably read a back and forth between myself and Ray a while back. Kind of in line with my comment today, I said that all politicians lie and it just depends about what they are lying about.

In other news I am working on a lead for a bourbon called Brothers Bond that is supposed to be top notch flavor. I think it is a limited production item but if I get a bottle I will report back.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

Intellectual integrity is one of your hallmarks and one of the reasons I enjoy reading your thoughts. Politically speaking, you are a valuable representative of your side.

I'm sorry things are not as good as they could be, but I know you are grateful they are not as bad as it tends to become. Because our faith in the Him reminds us He does not ask us to suffer what we cannot.

Ray Fowler

Tafhdyd

Looks like Jorg has scurried away...

You wrote. "Another indication of the Republican party, “the party of family values”, is hypocrisy." What family values are progressives embracing with their support of late term abortion?

Joe has to answer to his own conscience... but do you see an incongruity (a better word than hypocrisy) for a practicing Catholic to be in lockstep with the "abortion today, abortion tomorrow, abortion forever" point of view?

About 60% of Americans generally believe first term abortion should be legal. The key part of the question is whether respondents "generally" believe abortion should be legal early in a pregnancy. The 60% approval rate drops to about 25% in the second term. However, only 10-15% generally believe late term abortion should be legal. Those numbers suggest that late term abortions are not a family value. However, such abortions... even when a child may be viable outside the womb... are a progressive value. Racism should also not be a family value, yet what effect has the progressives' position on abortion done to the Black community?

Gotta run... medical stuff... I'll check back later.

Tafhdyd

Hello Ray,

I am a little short on time also but I do want to get in a couple of points before the 5 o’clock hour.

As for the “family values”, I don’t know that the Democratic party claims to be the party of family values the way the Republican party does. If they are not preaching family values I don’t see it as hypocrisy. I am not saying it is right, just saying that if they are not preaching it they are not being hypocritical. That is another angle on how to tell the difference. When the left comments about the affairs by the right, someone on the right always claims that the left are having affairs also. Yes they are but the left doesn’t tell you that you can’t/shouldn’t like the right does.

Joe does have to answer to his own conscience and to his God. I don’t know that he has said he is for abortion or pro abortion if you will. I know he has said he defends the rights of women to have one if they decide between their doctors and their God if they have one, if that it is the right choice for them. Regardless of his religious beliefs on abortion, America does not have a state religion the last time I checked. He is the President of our civil society, not our religious leader, and is just upholding the law as it is now.

Unrelated subject, I know you are an expert on “crickets”. I am wondering why the Republicans and their supporters are so opposed to having a thorough investigation of the Jan. 6th events. When asked, it seems that the crickets are out in full force.

It is after five and the ice is lonely. Have a good evening.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

I grimace when I see you have posted something... because I know that a reply to you has to be thoughtful and not just feelings masquerading as an informed opinion. You keep the discussion honest... thanks.

The Dem party leadership is smart... a lot of the time. They understand the appeal of family values. After GW Bush dominated the "family values" segment of voters, the Dems bounced back. Dem religious figures like Tony Campolo were on the stump trying to convince voters... hey, Democrats go to church just like Republicans do. While that's true... more voters associated Republicans with that family value.

When it comes to sexual peccadilloes in the political arena, I agree with Wilfredo... all bets are off. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have cornered that market. If a senator or representative chooses to spend their leisure time in leisure and such dalliances do not impact their effectiveness as a legislator... that's their choice.

When it comes to Joe... I agree that private Joe's decision on moral issues are between him and God. I repeat... those decisions are between him and God. When those decisions collide with his political persona, things tend to become messy. If he says those matters are personal... end of discussion. However, if he comes down on one side of an issue, then that's his position. He cannot have it both ways and say something like... I'm a strong Catholic but abortion is OK.

You are correct. We do not have a state religion... and that's a good thing. So, how do late term abortions fit into our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Crickets? Great fish bait... wouldn't you agree? Jan. 6 has too much potential to devolve into another Dem driven sideshow like the Russian hoax. The Donald offered troops for security in DC before Jan. 6, and the Dems essentially said "no" just because the suggestion came from the former president. With the intel that was available, what did Nancy do (or not do)? The answer might pose some problems for Dems. A committee looking at the events on Jan. 6 would clearly not be a impartial inquiry into what happened. If I was a Republican legislator, I would say... yeah, let 'em do it. 2022 is right around the corner...

Terence Y

Blah, blah, blah, another week, another JUNC (Jorg’s Umpteenth Nonsense Conniption) letter. Notice Jorg is still projecting Democrat actions onto Republicans and is still bellyaching about our great President Trump? Yet Jorg is unable to list a single bogus Biden accomplishment. Hilarious. Meanwhile, in other news… Thanks to vaccine pushing from Democrats, the CDC reports there are more hospitalizations of youngsters from the jab than from the actual COVID virus. Democrats now trying to walk back their idiotic defund the police policies, now that crime has exploded in most of their Democrat-controlled cities. Nurse Jill taking Biden’s place at the Olympics – probably a good thing as hopefully, she won’t make America look like a laughingstock to more countries like bumbling Biden did at the G7.

Jorg

Terence Y: So, which of my statements do you disagree with, if any? Be specific, please! Don’t resort to your usual blah-blah nonsense.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Terence

Thanks for the support.

Yeah... Jorg asks for specifics. Seriously? After you comment on the harmful effects of progressives pushing vaccinations on children and the progressives pushing for defending the police? How much more specific can you get? The remarks concerning Jill going to the Olympics may be a little snarky but if we could take politics out of who can run the fastest... who can jump the highest... who can toss something the furthest... we would be better off. It would be better for the whole world community.

Of course I want to see the Stars and Stripes raised during the ceremony honoring the world's best, but I can appreciate the achievement and sacrifice of any athlete who wins the gold. They should be heroes not protesters.

Ray Fowler

"defunding"

Rel

Agreed Jorg. The Republicans have become the party of no. No principles; no bi-partisanship; no truths; no ideas or plans. One can only hope in time there will be no voter support.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Rel,

Because you are a self proclaimed economist, I'd love to read your take on the monetary policy of the Biden Administration.

For us layman, consider the words of a renowned mathematician in your response.

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

Albert Einstein

Thanks in advance.

Rel

Wilfred, Biden's economic policy is to place more money in the hands of the lower income people. More money will then be spent on needed consumables. The economy will then be driven from the bottom up rather than the top down. Simple enough for you?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Rel,

Your explanation is not what an economist would provide. It is what the media gives mindless consumers. Thanks anyway.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Okay Rel,

Clearly you do not have the understanding, an economist should have, to explain monetary policy. Do you know how inflation, which consequentially follows irresponsible fiscal spending, make it possible for the bottom up principle to work? During the Nixon Administration, price and wage controls didn't work. Putting on a sweater failed the Carter Administration. What say you?

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Just curious. I am not into economics and I agree that the Nixon wage and price controls didn't work and I forgot about the Carter plan. Personally I don't think trickle down from Reagan or the latest version works either so where do we go from here? Historically the economy has done better under most Democratic administrations of the last 80-90 years, but why?

Ray Fowler

Thanks, Wifredo...

Rel... where does that money come from that you suggest should find its way into hands of folks with lower incomes?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Hello again Tafhdyd,

They measurement used to justify your assertion is based on G.D.P. G.D.P. equals consumption + investment + government spending + net exports. If you think that is the best way to measure economic prosperity, do so. I am not convinced it is. Since neither of us is learned in the field of economics we are entitled to our own opinions. Economists have been telling us for years now that inflation is under control. Do you believe that too? Once again, I don't. The quote, "Figures don't lie, but liars do figure" comes to mind. I also take issue with the myth espoused by both Republican and Democratic Parties. Neither is for the little guy. Take a look at money given to both. www.opensecrets.org

Ray Fowler

Hi, Tafhdyd

Sorry, I missed your comments re: the effect of presidents on the "modern" US economy. Like you, I am not the resident economist. And when I think of presidents having an effect of the economy, I first think of Jackson... his policies produced an economic calamity that led to 33% unemployment... yikes! FDR got the economy going during the Depression (WWII helped... wars are good for big business), but Roosevelt's policies also extended the negative effects of the Depression. Startling but maybe not good examples for this conversation.

You asked Wilfredo, "Historically the economy has done better under most Democratic administrations of the last 80-90 years, but why?" I am now in uncharted waters and needed to do some checking.

Tossing around numbers and stats in answer to your question can be confusing and overwhelming, so maybe looking at quarterly GDP can help. As you know, a positive GDP is generally a good thing, however, a boosted GDP may not be good for the economy. Ever increasing GDP may mean the economy is growing faster, but faster is not always better. GDP growing too fast can lead to problems.

Which president had the worst quarterly GDP growth rate? The Donald. Now, before you uncork your favorite libation to celebrate that news... which president had the best quarterly GDP growth rate? The Donald. To make a fair comparison over the past 80-90 years, you may have factor out the Depression, WWII and COVID.

What's left? A modest and steady GDP growth rate. Many economists agree that the ideal GDP growth rate is between 2% and 3%. Which presidents will you find in that ideal range for annual GDP growth rates? Dwight Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Three Republicans.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Good morning Mr. Fowler,

Economic prosperity, for me, should entail real jobs and surplus income for discretionary expenditure. I cannot give credit to governments nor Presidents for providing "shovel ready jobs", Hoover Dams or wars to produce desired statistics. Feel me?

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Wilfredo

I tried to keep my comments about the economy simple, but there is a lot more to say about the government and our economy. The one thing that a lot of people forget is that there is no such thing as "government money." It's our money. The government confiscates it through taxes and inflation.

Again, I'm kinda out of my element. As I said earlier, I am not the resident economist in these pages... BTW... I wonder where he is?

Tafhdyd

Good morning Ray,

I don't have a problem with your info on GDP and the economy. As you know I will often go with some general information and data but the real nitty gritty is in the details. There are usually two or more ways to get to the same place and the way often depends on the side of fence you are on to start. Maybe math would be one place that should be cut and dried without argument.

Short story about math. If you ask a mechanical engineer what is 2 plus 2 he will say it is 4.000. If you ask a soils engineer he will say it is between 3 and 5 but we will need to do more tests and if you ask a traffic engineer he will say what do you want it to be?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

I suspect Mr. Rel has discovered he has revealed more than he intended. You are correct about keeping it simple and as I see it, the confiscation of personal property perpetrated by our "lawmakers".

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

I agree with your assessment. The devil is in the details.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

Now that we're in the math realm... what mathematical measurement... other than GDP growth rates... would you suggest we ponder?

Tafhdyd

Hello Ray,

What should be used other than GDP? At first I thought about jobs and employment but that is only part of the picture. I took a quick look on line and the first two articles I saw said the Dems were better #1 and the #2 article said the data supports the Repubs. Gee, how could that be?

The first was compiled using the Bureau of Labor stats and the second was using monthly unemployment stats from ’73 to 2020. I will put in the link if it works and you can counter if you feel the urge. I read the 2nd article first to see why the Repubs were better and I have a reply for that also. If indeed the numbers are true, the reason the Dems have poorer numbers is because everytime they take power it is after the Repubs have tanked things. GW had a good run following the strong economy of Clinton and ruined it by the time Obama took over. Obama had bad numbers until he pulled things back up from the bottom of the ravine. If you don’t buy that reply I will come up with another one you can shoot holes in.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._economic_performance_under_Democratic_and_Republican_presidents

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2020/10/19/which-party-is-best-for-employment-data-points-to-republicans/?sh=134573b05e15

BTW, almost forgot, I suggest we ponder how we can get back to bipartisan problem solving after 5 o'clock like the old days.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

Not sure what happened but I see the tails are missing. I will put them in order and see if it works,

only part, better #1 and, unemployment, read the, numbers, after the, ruined it by, bottom of the, ...links are 1st _Republican_presidents 2nd -data-points-

BTW ...after 5

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

I believe it is true that small business is where most jobs are created. I owned two of them, excluding my three childhood newspaper routes. The San Mateo Times being one of them. The numbers[ohmy]

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

I believe it is true that small business is where most jobs are created. I owned two of them, excluding my three childhood newspaper routes. The San Mateo Times being one of them. The numbers I think of most, are the additional high paying jobs my Federal income taxes would pay for. Jobs that included generous benefits.

Sorry for the premature posting. My granddaughter pushed the post comment. [beam]

Ray Fowler

Tafhdyd

Yeah, GDP is a good measure but even those numbers can be twisted. Like you said, one article favored Dems and the other favored Repubs. That's why I settled on the "ideal GDP growth rate." It kinda throws out the low and high numbers.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Got a chuckle from the granddaughter's post. I do not have any children and I do that with my fingers now and then, more often now than then.:)

Dirk van Ulden

Well Ray, let's celebrate the fact that, in Jorg's world, pigs still fly. I was already missing his inane columns and replies. Is he even aware that Hunter Biden is related to the President?

Ray Fowler

You get can tripe for about $5.49 a pound at a local market... or you can get it free from Jorg in the DJ.

Jorg

Thank you, Ray, - for such an intelligent, creative response to my letter, - inadvertently underscoring my points.

Ray Fowler

Jorg

Well, you are fond of using the dictionary on occasion... so let's turn to the dictionary. You will find the word "tripe" to mean rubbish and nonsense. That definition absolutely describes your most recent LTE. Note that the word "tripe" has been applied to the content of your LTE... not you. Name calling and personal attacks are also something you are fond of doing.

Voter suppression... hmmm... coming off the heels of an election that saw record numbers of minority folks voting... and BTW an election won by the very party that claims there is voter suppression. How does that work? Let me save you some time... you will claim that voting guidelines currently being discussed in state legislatures will suppress voting in the future. If you believe that's the case, instead of just serving up more tripe... could you cite some examples of where that will happen?

But the current administration's mantra of systemic racism is a distorted theme that insults minorities. The reality is this... Democratic Party run cities have virtually enslaved folks living in Black communities. It is beyond sad.

I have tried to engage readers from the left side of aisle many times. I have presented alternative points of view with accompanying data too many times to count. What do I hear in response? Crickets.

You're going to have to change your references from "D" for the Democratic Party to a "K" in future LTEs. It's clearly the Kakistocratic Party now...

Jorg

Ray: I have tried to explain to you before, that past progress for one side, doesn’t prove lack of future voter suppression by the other side! Should be pretty obvious, no?

Ray Fowler

A classic Jorganism...

With respect to voter guidelines being considered in some states that you believe will suppress voting rights... I asked earlier this morning, "... could you cite some examples of where that will happen?" Response... a chorus of crickets.

Jorg... let's make it even easier. What exactly in Georgia's recent voting laws did you find objectionable? (You'll have to read it first. Falling into lockstep with the K Party's leadership comparing those laws to Jim Crow is just liberal pablum.)

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Good morning Mr. Fowler,

It seems that our liberal friends have not heard that the biggest obstacle to the fulfillment of D.N.C. dreams are within their own ranks. Thank God. True to the ways of those lacking rationale and critical thinking, Jorg and Rel see evil deeds in media caricatures, not the legal system. Methinks the joke is on them. ROTFLMAO

Jorg

Ray: That has been reported quite extensively in the media, especially what the Republicans in Georgia have done, resulting in a DOJ lawsuit. You can read it yourself. I doubt you’ll understand it better if I try to explain it to you.

Ray Fowler

Jorg... nice try.

Re: the utterly false claim that Georgia is suppressing voting rights. Your reply... Oh, it's been extensively reported in the media. Do you mean the liberal bought and paid for media? Then... it's obvious what the Republicans have done in Georgia. What, Jorg? What have they done to suppress voting rights? Maybe things like voter ID requirements that 80% of Americans... all kinds... support? Now that the K's have seen that 80% figure in polls, all of a sudden progressives are OK with voter IDs. Check Stacey Abrams' comments... Finally, you said... don't forget... a lawsuit has been filed. Jorg... are you assuming the outcome of a lawsuit before it gets to court? If you have that power... how will Seabiscuit do in the eighth race on Thursday? Looks like that lawsuit may question provisions in Georgia's law re: casting absentee ballots. If there is a problem with those procedures they SHOULD be fixed. That's only right. You, however, have suggested that Georgia's new voting laws are being contested by the current AG. That's not true.

Jorg... you cannot rely strictly on MSNBC for information. Let's return to the question... What exactly in Georgia's recent voting laws did you find objectionable? (You'll have to read it first. Falling into lockstep with the K Party's leadership comparing those laws to Jim Crow is just liberal pablum.)

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