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Walt Watson’s article America Seeking Venezuela’s Level,” published Friday in The Signal, merits a response.

I visited Venezuela during the days of Hugo Chavez and met no one who did not express hate for the man.

Furthermore, it was the only Third World country where I did not feel safe, and I have been to a great many of them.

I, too, feel that the United States is slowly entering the Third World. Witness the gated communities, the burgeoning of alarm companies, the inability of children to walk to school safely.

This is not the United States in which I grew up.

The problem is that we are allowing the middle class to shrink and the distance between the rich and the poor to grow.

Some of the billionaires, those who compete to enrich themselves faster than the others, who work to build the tallest towers, have little understanding of trends.

Education, including the GI Bill, made this country great, but now the poor have little choice but to live in ghettos where the schools are poor and jobs are few.

Yes, entitlement programs and health care systems are problems for our economy.

So, too, is the negative rhetoric of the “Party of No,” which is seen by so many as doing nothing to work across the aisle and help solve the problems.


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  • robert stauffer

    It’s everyone else that is out of step and the author is the only getting it right. Right?

  • Nishka

    “Yes, Third World may be in our future” HOW SAD IS THAT ????

    • tech

      Are you familiar with Detroit and Flint, MI? Who governs those cities?

  • tech

    ““Party of No”

    What is it about our Constitutional separation of powers that a percentage of the populace has such difficulty understanding? Were they not elected by their constituents?

    Suggested reading:

    Montesquieu and the Separation of Powers

  • Party affiliation should not govern who u are or will be. Hard work, good work ethic, getting along with people are formulas for success. Where u are born or raised is not an excuse. I know plenty of Americans born in low income areas that have excelled and succeeded. There is no party of No. No is in your head, get it out!

    • tech

      Note how those who whine about negativity and failure relentlessly project their own onto others, Mr. Escobedo?

  • dukie

    Wasn’t/Isn’t Venezuela socialist? That was the path we were on unless blocked by non-democrats. Soon Obama will be out of the White House and we can start repairing what he “fixed” while he was in office.

  • Nishka

    “Soon Obama will be out of the White House” and all the dignity that goes with the Presidency will be decimated !!!!

    • tech

      If recollection serves, at Nelson Mandela’s state funeral:

    • tech

      Obama Helped Pave the Way for Clinton’s Defeat

      November 10, 2016 11:00 PM
      The party of obsession with diversity forgot about bread-and-butter issues.

      John Podhoretz put it well in a recent column for the New York Post.

      “The most important political story during the nearly eight years of the Obama presidency is how that presidency delivered a neutron-bomb strike to his party,” Podhoretz wrote. “Obama and the political structure of America have been left standing — but nearly 1,000 Democratic officeholders have been defeated.”

      For all the talk of the coming Republican civil war and how changing demography has rendered the GOP a relic, it emerged from this week’s election arguably the strongest it has been since the 1920s.

      Particularly thanks to Obamacare, which has never been popular, the Democrats lost the House in 2010. In 2014, they lost the Senate. In 2009, Democrats held 60 seats in the Senate. They have 48 now.

      The damage in governor’s mansions and state legislatures has been even more dramatic. Podhoretz points to a pre-election analysis by Governing magazine’s Louis Jacobson. “Democratic losses in the Senate have so far reached 22 percent, 27 percent in the House, 36 percent in governorships and a stunning 59 percent in fully controlled state legislatures,” Jacobson wrote.

  • Nishka

    I have some teacher friends who all wore black to school on Wed. the 9th who’s labels read:

    • tech

      Did you suggest they retake a Civics 101 class and accept the results of a free and fair election?

  • Nishka

    “If Donald J. Trump follows through on his campaign promises, a host of taxes that affect only the very richest Americans may be eliminated, along with almost all tax incentives to be philanthropic. As a result, wealthy families may find it much easier to amass dynastic levels of wealth.”

  • Nishka

    “The election is over, and we now know what’s coming. The next four years will feature a President who has promised to bring back torture, murder the families of terror suspects, close America’s doors to those fleeing war, put us back on the path to war with Iran, militarize our police even more than they already are, and waste more money at the Pentagon then ever before. And he’s got a Congress that’s going to help him do it.”

  • Nishka

    “The Republican Party resembles the man who told his psychiatrist, “I have an identity problem, and so do I.” The party’s leader is at best indifferent to, and often is hostile to, much of the party’s recent catechism: limited government, the rule of law, a restrained executive, fiscal probity, entitlement reforms, free trade, the general efficiency and equity of markets allocating wealth and opportunity, and — this matters especially — the importance of decorousness in political discourse.”

  • Apriliarider

    Where in God’s name have you been living in the past 8 years not to have witnessed how Obama has turned our country into a world wide laughingstock. To quote such BS as you have above to justify your vote for a criminal enterprise (Clinton Inc) is also laughable.