The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 19, 2012

Your View: Speaking out

By Billy W. Byrd
Special to The Globe

WEBB CITY, Mo. — This is in response to the article “Speak out to save the American republic” written by Marilyn Beasley. I do not disagree so much with what she wrote but with what she didn’t write.

She indicated that millions were sorry about the outcome of the recent presidential election but nothing about the joy of many more millions about the outcome.

She mentioned a national debt of over $16 trillion but nothing about the fact that President Bush not only put our nation in two wars without raising taxes to pay for them and added over $6 trillion to the national debt and caused our economy to fall into the worst recession since the Great Depression, even though he inherited a balanced budget. She also failed to mention that the Republican Party voted against many bills introduced in Congress, including one that would have put millions back to work that President Obama asked for. She also failed to mention that deregulation of Wall Street and banks almost caused the nation to default.

The voters of this great country were not focused on what the government could do for them but what another Republican president would do to them. A good example is that just recently Republican senators voted down the Disabled Veterans Act, originated by Sen. Bob Dole, a member of their own party. A total of 38 Republicans voted against the bill. That indicates to me that they can’t even agree among themselves how to govern this nation.

I am a veteran of two wars and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The veterans I have talked with indicated they will show their anger for the disapproval of the bill and will vote with Latino, black and women voters in 2014 and 2016.

As Marilyn Beasley suggested, I am speaking out to save the American republic.

Billy W. Byrd

Webb City