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Scott Duncan knows better than anyone and has served longer on the Council than anyone since the City was incorporated. I hope that people will listen to Scott.
Could not agree more! Newby has done an outstanding job advancing the needs of the City in tough times. Because of his leadership and his hard work he deserves to be reelected. Without his leadership the City would be awash. He has given his all and deserves to be continued in office.
Great letter as always! Unfortunately, the Republicans seem to be getting the blame for the shutdown. Though I agree with the "Tea Party platform," i.e., fiscal responsibility, limited government and a free economy, none of these things are ever going to come to pass unless the Republicans can win elections. So though I agree with the Tea Party on almost everything, I also feel that their refusal to fund ObamaCare was a mistake from a political perspective. ObamaCare is going to implode on its own. Why ‘interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself?’
Excellent letter and I agree with all you say. The sad thing is we can see exactly what European socialism leads to because we have countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal to observe that are imploding right before our eyes. Yet our leftist politicians keep marching us down the very same road that has led to the destruction of the economies of these countries.
You hit the nail right on the head with your “regulatory straightjacket” observation. Our government’s penchant for over regulation is in large part of what has led to our economic stagnation. This is especially true in the environmental area. Government is continually promulgating new regulations designed to tighten emission and discharge standards which serve no useful purpose. Regulation was needed 40 years ago to clean up our dirty air and water. But today it’s impossible to do much more than what has been accomplished already. In fact, there is no incremental benefit to be derived from many new regulations on the books or now pending.
The whole scam is designed to placate the environmental organizations on the left that must have a continuing crisis if they are to maintain donations. These huckster outfits rake in billions every year. Leftist politicians and our leftist media support them by constantly spewing the myth that “the Republicans want our children to breathe dirty air and drink dirty water.” A good book exposing the racket is “Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry.”
Great letter Judge! Socialism has never worked anywhere it's been tried. After the Berlin Wall came down my friends on the left used to say "I could have worked but they just didn't do it right." Then they'd point to Sweden. Well, guess what? Sweden has taken a turn to the right and things have been improving in that country by leaps and bounds. Right now we're going the way of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, et al. Wonder if the IMF will give us a bailout when we can no longer afford to borrow from China and others to keep our socialist circus running? Anyway, ObamaCare can't work and won't work. No younster in his right mind is going to shell out 3 grand a year for a product he doesn't want or need.
Could not agree more!
Outstanding letter! Loved it.
The FDA generally relies on the producers to do the testing under FDA supervision. That said, there is not a shred of credible evidence that GMO food products are harmful to consumers. Most corn is the product of genetic engineering as are many other vegetables that we've been consuming for years now. How the “Frankenfood” myth ever got legs would be interesting to understand. Like so many other nutty beliefs of the progressive left, the GMO canard has become a religious-like, iconic faith for these peculiar people. These are the same folks that are always wringing their hands over "the starving children" but, for reasons that I can’t even begin to comprehend, are violently opposed to agricultural biotechnology. Sadly, they continue to spread inaccurate horror stories and are threatening to derail progress vitally needed to feed the world. I've seen lots of foolish initiatives come down the pike but I-522 is, without question, the most absurd. Hopefully sanity will prevail and the voters will shoot it down.
Thomas Sowell is one of my favorites. Have read many of his articles and books including Inside American Education, Basic Economics, Economic Facts and Fallacies and The Housing Boom and Bust. Milton Friedman, also a classical liberal, runs a very close second and was no doubt more of a "ground breaker" when it comes to the development of neo-classical economic theory. Capitalism and Freedom and Free to Choose are two of his best,
Mr. Richerzhagen is absolutely right. The U.S. Constitution provides that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that our Representatives in the House have the right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity. The House did not vote to shut down the government. Instead its members voted to fund all of government except for ObamaCare. Then, after that bill was rejected, to fund all government activity, including ObamaCare, conditioned on delaying the individual mandate for one year, and, finally to fund all government activity, including ObamaCare, if Obama would simply rescind his waivers for Congress and his political cronies. Each bill was rejected by the Senate. The House has not shut our government down but the Senate and Obama surely have. None of this is rocket science but don't expect any Democrat to understand it.
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