LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Misplaced anger

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The Republicans may well make big gains in November. However, it's highly unlikely they will repeal the "socialist" health-care law.

So says David Frum, a widely read and credentialed conservative. He noted bringing back the doughnut hole and allowing insurers to rescind policies for pre-existing conditions would be a tough sell. He further notes that President Obama wouldn't sign the repeal bill.

The truth doesn't always make you free.

Frum was fired from the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank for publishing "Waterloo" on his blog site.

This is where Frum made the above-mentioned comments on the doubtful probability of repealing the health-care bill.

His article, published on the day the health-care bill passed, started with the sentence, "Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s."

By way of understatement, it's obvious the health-care bill isn't perfect. Both the left and the right have problems with it.

However, it's better than leaving millions without health care. Nobody intends to kill your grandmother and the Internationale won't replace The Star-Spangled Banner.

If you want to direct your anger to a more useful end, get spittle-flying angry about the financial industry and military spending. Then calm down and do something.

Experts agree the financial industry came within a hair's-breadth of causing a worldwide, total economic collapse.

Yet its still buying and selling derivatives and other instruments that were the cause of the near collapse.

Its still able to get zero percent loans from the Fed (your money) to wheel and deal with. Management is still getting obscene amounts of compensation.

Democrats don't look much better than Republicans in regard to passing meaningful regulation of the financial sector.

If enough people demand change you will get change -- even if, as Sen. Durbin remarked, "The banks frankly own the place."

Someone recently asked why there aren't angry town hall meetings on military spending. The 2010 budget for the Department of Defense is $663.7 billion.

Can we ask if they are spending our money wisely without being branded as unpatriotic?

We need a strong military but do we still need 27 major military bases and 50,000 troops in Germany?

Do we need all 820 military installations in 135 countries? Remember President Eisenhower's warnings about the military-industrial complex.

Norm Osterman
Walla Walla

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