Sour grapes

We see spoiled children who don't get their way get down on the floor and kick and scream and make a scene. We are now seeing their counterpart adults who didn't like the results of the presidential election signing meaningless petitions to have Oregon to secede from the union. Sour grapes. — Charles Callan, Eagle Point

A dark era

I don't know how anybody can be proud of a president who doesn't even like his own country, and who seeks to turn our nation into a centralized government run socialist/fascist state. It seems the takers are outnumbering the producers.

And as Oregon continues its slide toward a total bureaucratic-run state, fewer and fewer opportunities exist for the common person who has ambition.

For those of us still in the workforce and those of us who own businesses and property, it's a dark era. — Dan Pietila, Eagle Point

Whose entitlements?

In an NPR interview, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga railed about "entitlements." When asked about raising revenue to lower the deficit, he questioned how it would be spent — and said not if it's just going to be "thrown down the rat hole." Clearly, to him, the "rat hole" is the cesspit for health care (although Medicare and Medicaid are only .09 percent of GNP), programs for the poor, veterans' jobs and benefits, and other programs affecting the 99 percent.

Huizenga emphasizes taking care of "your constituents"—which means, based on the Republicans' stand: Don't cut government entitlements such as the tax rates (lowest at the top since the 1930s), don't cut for wars or other military costs (despite, say the F-35 jet program costing in the billions), and don't let Bush era tax cuts expire or increase taxes for those with an income of $250,000-plus, for big business, or for others in the top 1 percent.

Funny how Huizenga and other Republicans never use the word "entitlements" when supporting their wealthy constituents. — Diana Morley, Talent

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