Don’t be fooled by claims that Build Back Better gets paid


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Joe Biden’s Build Back Better law was passed by the United States House of Representatives on November 19, 2021 and is awaiting Senate review.


An unrealistic bill

Any politician who says the Build Back Better Act is paid should be removed from office. The US government runs a huge deficit every year, so how can you add expensive new programs and say without laughing that they’re fully funded?

Taxpayer money is fungible. There is no need to distinguish between funded and unfunded programs.

Each new program should be offered with a corresponding increase in taxes sufficient to fully cover the costs. Vote for the program linked to a vote for the required tax increase. This would force the same type of cost / benefit analysis that responsible individuals use in their personal lives. I wonder how many people would support the Build Back Better Act under these conditions.

Lance Patrick Sprowls, Mint Hill

Not ‘chip’

On January 2, 2021, Donald Trump attempted to coerce Georgia’s Secretary of State to find the exact number of votes needed to overturn the presidential election result in that state. Four days later, Trump helped incite the Capitol Riot.

On January 5, Representative Jim Jordan texted Mark Meadows, then Trump’s chief of staff, describing a plot by which then-Vice President Mike Pence could deprive millions of voters in several states by refusing to certify their electoral college votes.

A writer for the Dec. 16 Forum praised Republicans Meadows, Trump and Jordan as “powerful.” I see them as a betrayal and a real threat to the democratic principles that have served our country since its founding.

How have the standards of acceptable behavior of our representatives fallen so far and so quickly?

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

Ideal for America?

To the December 16 Forum writer who said he voted for Trump and thought Trump and the Freedom Caucus were “great for America,” I say: Seriously? Since when is a coup attempt “big for America?” Donald Trump was the first presidential candidate to refuse to give in and encourage his “herd” to “fight” – and we saw what happened on January 6. How sad that this Forum writer thinks Trump has been “great” for America.

Laura Reich, Matthews

Firearms in schools

“Midway through the year CMS sets 10-year record for guns in schools (December 16)… Anyone surprised? When we have people running across the country inciting white supremacy, disrespecting the truth, and justifying violence, why should we expect students in our schools to act any differently.

Everything from refusing to accept election results, to wearing a mask or being vaccinated, to cries of defiance. Unless and until we see the “adults” in our society leading their lives in a civilized manner, we cannot reasonably expect more impressionable children in schools.

It is not just a local or temporary problem. Until reasonable behavior is restored in society as a whole, we should expect things in our schools to get worse and be prepared to deal with the consequences that ensue.

Michael A. Watson, Charlotte

Prison graces

The writer is an activist for the NC Poor People’s Campaign.

In the dying days of 2021, Governor Roy Cooper is due to pardon Howard Dudley, Michael Parker and Glen Edward Chapman. All three were fully exonerated after being imprisoned for at least 15 years.

Thousands of dollars in compensation are owed to them for years stolen, but cannot receive a dime until Cooper grants an official pardon. What’s stopping the governor? This is the season to right the wrongs of years gone by.

Samantha Turner, Charlotte


Thomas Hofeller, Republican strategist known for his gerrymandering, said once: “Usually, voters choose politicians. In redistribution, politicians choose voters.

The electoral districts of North Carolina are one of the best examples of political gerrymandering. More than once the North Carolina Supreme Court has had to step in and demand a change in the districts to better reflect the population and geography of the localities to ensure fair representation. Now, the courts have suspended the filing of candidates in the contested districts.

The citizens of North Carolina need to take a closer look at how our state is governed and be more proactive in demanding legislation that is fair for all citizens.

Mary Ann Evanoff, Midland

The weapons of nature

Humanity, in its selfishness, believes that meeting the challenges of climate change is a matter of survival. Climate change is really how nature decides what forms of life will continue to exist on Earth.

Nature has only begun to show the awe-inspiring weapons at its disposal to cope with mankind’s greed and unrestrainedness. If humanity is to preserve its niche in the uniqueness of life forms on our planet, we must adapt to the laws of nature by limiting our population, restricting our short-term satisfaction fulfilled by the burning of fossil fuels and actively implementing all necessary measures to improve our impact on our environment.

If we fail, nature will wipe us out and use the remaining billions of years in Earth’s existence to develop life forms that conform to her laws.

Will Graves, Charlotte


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