Government is out of control
The tea parties are very real protests. Fry cooks to physicians from a broad political background are very sincere in their concern for the future freedom — both physical and economic — of this nation.
These tea parties are attended, largely, by people who have never protested before and never dreamed they would ever sense our nation was in such peril that they would feel compelled to protest.
We are saying that the government is out of control. This isn’t merely a response to President Obama. It is a response to a government that is decreasingly concerned about the people it represents. It is also a warning to our elected officials to either represent their constituents responsibly or be voted out of office.
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Why are people upset? Here are a few examples.
The tax cut was provided by borrowing money;
Our national debt is skyrocketing;
The stimulus package passed before legislators had time to read it;
Inefficient local and state governments are trying to raise taxes rather than working effectively;
Our government is relinquishing U.S. sovereignty to the international community, one treaty at a time.
Suffice it to say that the recent changes are simply the straws that broke the camel’s back.
No lack of business at casinos
I visit one of our local casinos once a week, usually on Sunday for their buffet.
With our economy in a recession, as the politicians lead us to believe, it is hard for me to comprehend just what a depression is supposed to be. On any given day, you can go to any of our casinos and you will find a casino full of people, not just walking around because they have nothing else to do, they are looking for an open machine.
The number of machines in most of the larger casinos range anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 — not to overlook the table games. Now that means the four local casinos have some 4,000 to 8,000 machines that are being used at any given time.
Are the people playing these machines/table games counted in the unemployment figures, home foreclosure numbers, or food bank users? I don’t begrudge anyone for partaking in a day of entertainment at these casinos, because I do too. I just want to know what figures the politicians use to determine that we are in a depression.
James Ratcliff Sr.
Our greedy lifestyles to blame
We all have opinions about who is responsible for the current economic crisis — Wall Street, banking industry, housing industry, Congress, the president, take your pick.
The truth, however, is not who but what.
OUR LIFESTYLES in this country have led us to this crisis. We should change “the American dream” to “the American greed.”
We believe we are entitled to large, expensive houses, new cars, college degrees, vacations, the biggest and best TVs and appliances, cell phones that do 15 things besides phone calls, plus all the toys we desire. And it does not matter if we have the resources to pay for these things; just the fact that we want them seems to be justification enough for us to step onto that never ending treadmill of living beyond our means.
If we are ever to dig ourselves out of this hole we are in we must get off the treadmill and scale back to lifestyles that meet our needs not our wants.
Global warming skeptics banding together
Following are some of the holes in the Dear Earth Talk column.
What “scientific consensus” on global warming? There is no such thing as a scientific consensus; certainly not as regarding global warming. Furthermore, the group the columnist discounts as including some nonscientists is just as scientific as those promoting greenhouse gases.
How about this from the columnist’s scientific consensus — “something is triggering the change.” Wow! How scientific can you get?
The article states the IPCC members claim “it’s more than likely there is a 90 percent chance global temperature change ...” This from an organization of bureaucrats as the scientists are essentially gone. All this from a group who calls its opposition “skeptics.”
It is stated that greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Actually, the physics is that air temperature is ineffective at warming the ocean. In fact, if the atmosphere was hot enough to heat the ocean, we would all be cooked. The ocean warms the air, not vice versa.
The tragedy of programs put forth by global warming advocates will double, triple — whatever the price of energy — by closing fossil fuel plants and building solar, wind, etc. We all had a taste of high gasoline prices a few months ago. That was just a taste. High priced energy will kill the American dream.
Global warming skeptics are getting more vocal and are banding together. Perhaps it’s time to cover both sides of this “scientific” question.