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GOP senators make hypocritical attack on Susan Rice

Updated: January 11, 2013 6:15AM



Senators make hypocritical attack on Susan Rice

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain are demonstrating clear hypocrisy by trying to pre-empt the president’s nomination of Susan Rice to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

They criticize her for going on Sunday talk shows to provide the first explanation of the terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted in four deaths at the U.S. Consulate, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. They claim that she misled Congress and the American people by reading “talking points” supplied to her by the CIA. Of course, they are referring to some sinister cover-up or conspiracy behind her remarks. I guess, next, they will be asking for her birth certificate.

First, U.N. Ambassador Rice is not responsible for the security at our embassies. Second, she stated that a clearer picture of what happened would emerge as the CIA and FBI investigated further on the scene in Libya. Third, both congressional and administration investigations are under way and will reveal specific details and recommendations on how better to protect our embassies. And, finally, she has not been officially nominated for the position of secretary of state.

Both of her Republican critics in the Senate were the ones advocating that President Bush invade Iraq based on bogus intelligence information. But I guess misleading the American public about the need to go to war in Iraq does not disqualify Graham and McCain from blasting Susan Rice over a few talking points. Further, their support for Condoleezza Rice as Bush’s secretary state, after her lies about Iraq, should bring their judgment into serious question.

Sens. Graham and McCain only care about advancing the right-wing GOP agenda and further obstructing President Obama. What hypocrisy for these GOP senators.

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

Hostess chiefs killed own company with debt, pay cuts

Unions are not the reason for the Hostess demise.

Hostess first went bankrupt in 2004. Astoundingly, when the company came out of bankruptcy in 2009, it was loaded with more debt than when it filled bankruptcy in the first place because of private equity backers and mismanagement, according to reporter Adam Hartung of Forbes magazine (no bastion of left-wing propaganda).

While in the first bankruptcy, the BCTGM Union — bakers, confectionery, tobacco workers and grain millers — and the Teamsters Union agreed to $110 million a year in labor cost cuts, according to LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik. During this period, until the latest bankruptcy filing, the Hostess CEO’s pay increased 300 percent, and nine other top executives at Hostess saw their pay increase 27-32 percent.

Along with failing to modernize equipment or attempting to bake a more wholesome product to meet health-conscience customer demand, and after $2.46 billion in 2012 net revenues, the Hostess management imposed “draconian cuts to wages and benefits,” Hartung wrote.

After the union leaders brought the proposed deal to the membership for a democratic vote, the members voted to strike.

According to the AFL-CIO website, after losing pensions and suffering wage cuts from a $45,000 high in 2005 down to $34,000 in 2011, the new offer by Hostess would unacceptably lower wages to $25,000 at the end of five years in 2016.

The union members, left no choice but to stand up or lie down, displayed great courage in saying NO to “Walmartization” and the race to the bottom for American workers.

SOLIDARITY, brothers and sisters of the BCTGM Union!

Ivan Sizemore

Bartlett



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