Dear Mr. President


So far, so good…but questions
January 28, 2009, 5:03 pm
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Dear Mr. President,

     Why don’t you put your press briefings onto the Whitehouse website?  I can only find them on the website of the Press Corps.  And why don’t you ever answer your mail?  George W. always did, don’t forget!

   Otherwise, you’re doing  fine things out there in Washington!!!  Great interview with Al Arabia.    Good stuff on the economy and the environment. Nice tries with non-partisonship.  Or at least, tries.  Maybe “nice” is the wrong word.  So keep up the good work!

Sincerely, VNV



Five Days: The tax cuts
January 15, 2009, 7:27 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
     For the next days I’ll list some of your more destructive creations (an oxymoron much like “compassionate conservatism” or “intelligent 43rd President”).   Today I want to talk about your irresponsible tax cuts. 
     How stupid can a President get?  In your closing press conference, you spoke of “having inherited a recession, and we’re in a recession again now”.  Nonsense.  You inherited a surplus.  You could have used it to bolster social security.  You could have used it for roads and schools.  But no.  You squandered it in a “bread and circuses” attempt to curry our favor, spreading the wealth, as it were, so thin as to make no difference to the rich, no help to the poor. 
    Your tax cuts were no different.  You cut out what you called the “death tax” – that was no “death tax”; it was a tax on very large estates, estates mostly of people who could afford to pay those taxes.  Then you cut capital gains.  Who profited?  The rich.  Who suffered?  The poor. 
    And then you began using up all that money you no longer had.   What can you have been thinking of?    Everything you have done since taking office has put us deeper in debt.  You have mortaged our future, and you can no longer keep up the payments.  Only an utter fool would try to fight two wars on borrowed cash with no hope of repayment.  You have sold our country to its creditors. 
    You speak of having made “tough decisions.”  Tough they may possibly have been; WRONG they assuredly were.
 
Sincerely, VNV


Losing your Principles
December 1, 2008, 8:55 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
    I was reading part of your interview with ABC this evening.  It’s funny:  You always seem like such a nice guy.  You sound so well-meaning.   You make it very hard for people to dislike you or blame you or be angry with you.
     Can it truely be the case that you don’t see the evil you have committed?  Do you really think you have stuck by your principles?  What principles do you mean?  Can torture be one of your principles?  Can rewarding banks for defrauding millions of their customers be one of your principles?  Can allowing corruption decide the policies of a country which we are occupying be one of your principles? 
    Can lying to the American people in order to justify an illegal war be one of your principles?  Can sending young people into harm’s way for nothing be one of your principles?
     If this is true, then I wish your principles had gone the way of the principle I have lost in the stock market.
 
Sincerely, VNV


The Bailout
November 24, 2008, 7:54 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
     Remind me again:  what is that 750 billion dollar bailout supposed to accomplish?  It is supposed to have brought renewed liquidity to the banks?  Are the banks supposed to have started lending again?  Is this why Citibank now needs MORE money?  So it can open up those floodgates and let the money pour out? 
     Or was it supposed to be used to buy up mortages and reissue them at viable rates for people threatened by foreclosure?  Wasn’t that it?  That’s what I remember…
    Or don’t you guys have a plan at all?
     I’m just asking.
 
Sincerely, VNV


Mortgaging our Future
November 20, 2008, 7:10 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
    I hear that your plans to help people with their mortgages have peetered out.  I hear that only about 4000 people have been helped so far.  I don’t know about that for certain.
     What I do know for certain is that my slender portfolio of  stocks is worth about half of what it was.  I know that the money I saved up for my retirement is going going gone.  And I know that, nonetheless, I am really really well off, because I can stay in my house.  I own it free and clear.
    Well, I guess you can’t stay in yours.  You haven’t paid up your debts, not by a long shot!  You’ve mortaged our future and then defaulted on the loan.
 
Sincerely, VNV


Mount Calvary Monastery: How to Help
November 18, 2008, 6:47 am
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Dear Mr. President,
   The kind comment on my last blog letter, about the destruction of the Mount Calvary Monastery asked how to help.  Here’s a suggestion from the blog of the Bishop of Los Angeles:
 
.http://bishopsnotebook.blogspot.com/2008/11/mount-calvary-monastery-destroyed.html
 
“Of course we stand with the members of the Order of the Holy Cross in any intention they have for the future. Checks payable to the Treasurer of the Diocese of Los Angeles and earmarked, “Montecito Fire Recovery” may be sent to Bishop Jon Bruno, 840Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.”
 
That sounds like a good investment for some of that 750 billion that was to help, among other things, the housing crisis. 
 
And here’s a video of what’s left after the fire:  http://video.aol.com/video-detail/tea-fire-tarnishes-mount-calvary-monastery/3309443533  .     
The Monastery clearly will rise from the ashes, since a monastery is more than buildings, don’t you think?
 
Greetings,  VNV


Afghanistan’s Women

Dear Mr. President,
  What can I say?  Innocent young girls, just walking to school, and
someone, probably from the Taliban, attacked them with acid.   One report
said shot with a water pistol, another said just “tossed in their faces.”
Two of the girls are now blind.  These girls were on their way to school.
In Afghanistan, where we actually did liberate a country for a while.  We
liberated it from those forces we supported during the time that the
Russians liberated it.  We supported the Taliban so that it could help free
Afghanistan from the Russian occupation.  Now the Taliban is trying to
liberate Afghanistan from our invasion.  In doing so, they will be
de-liberating all those women and girls we tried to liberate.
     It’s just plain horrible.  Oh what a tangled web we weave.  Or you
wove, anyway.  You have another 70 days.  Maybe you can think of something
constructive to do.  As horrible as the idea may seem to you, I think Hamid
Karzai should do as he wants to and talk to Taliban representatives.  Not
all Taliban are going to want to return Afghanistan to the Middle Ages.  I
can’t think of any other good solution, apart from sending in hundreds of
thousands of more troops, not to pacify the country, but to rebuild it.
     Sincerely, VNV

P.S.  I wrote this yesterday but was too disheartened to send it.  Today I was going to write about the lack of plan Secretary Poulson seems to have, but I’m also too disheartened about that, so I’ll send this.  You certainly are leaving what my Dad would have called “a mell of a hess” for Obama to clean up!