I read Ward Kanowsky's condescending and patronizing letter to Mike Duarte, ("Let's find some common ground," Letters, Feb. 13, page 9) and I also read both of Obama's books. Instead of the lofty empty rhetoric of Obama's speeches, I would quote the parts where he tells us that in college his friends of choice were Marxists, socialists, and black power leaders. I also remember a television interview in 2001 where Obama laments that the civil rights movement did not go far enough; that African-Americans needed to be cared for under a socialistic system. I thought this was demeaning to those millions of African-Americans who have worked hard to get ahead and provide a better life for themselves and their children.
With a $250-billion welfare package (handouts) in the stimulus bill, all the reforms that Clinton and the Republicans initiated in the 1990s will be rolled back, and once again generations of people, and their children will find it easier to be on welfare than to try to move up in the world. This dooms many to a life of poverty and lost potential. Does this also mean we will return to the welfare policy of paying people on welfare for each baby they have?
In response to Mr. Kanowsky's smug comments about finding "common ground," I have to say that the only common ground will be when people who are concerned about the left turn of our country just weeks after the inaugural, and who believe that socialism never lifted anyone out of poverty, band together to keep us from becoming as mediocre as much of the rest of the world.