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Letters to the editor 08-26-2011

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Nothing good ever
came out of Texas
 If we study early American history the poorest cattle  marketed in the 19th century came out of Texas, "Long Horns and Brahmins." Of course they created a lot of El Toro Poo Poo and are still doing it. Sam Rayburn could be the exception.
 Well, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush both came from Texas and now we have Governor "Ricky" Scott, another loser. It seems he criticizes everything but the kitchen sink.. His criticism of President Obama, our troops, Christianity, evolution and this man wants to be president. This guy fits right in with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. One of the saddest comments made by the Republicans is President Obama is taking a 10 day, working vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Do you believe? The Congress gets the whole month of August off for vacation and probably longer if it wasn't for the debt ceiling debacle.
 Listen people, the President doesn't have the power to raise taxes, increase the debt and above all have "Pork Barrel" projects as do the members of congress. It's great to see so many republicans out there at each other's throats. Maybe they will come up with a few facts about each other they don't want the "American People" to know.  It seems that only Ron Paul has any common sense and that's not saying much for the rest of the "Rat Pack."
 Those who profess business experience, female diversity and broad congressional backgrounds are nothing more than "Hopers," those people who hope the "American People" believe everything they say while not saying anything and Ricky Perry is the worst. Remember what comes from Texas can do what the Bushes did. Get us into an unjust War, Lie, Cheat, Deceive the Public, put us deeper in debt and in an all around way, put America down the tubes. Then they have the audacity to blame President Obama who's been in office 21/2 years and the republicans had eight years plus even starting with a $7 trillion dollars in the black. WOW! If I remember my accounting right, when Bush left office we were in the red to the tune of $12 trillion dollars. That means that Bush squandered $19 trillion dollars.
 Because the United States is a Republic not a Democracy, don't let the term Republic(an) fool you. They've been trying to do it for years. Remember John Boehner crying at all the right times. I'm ashamed he's from Ohio. Johnny is a crybaby!
 
Bill Ford
Ocala

The Movement to create
a Christian theocracy
There is a movement here in the United States to create a Christian Theocracy and this movement is called Dominionism which says that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions.  
Dominionism derives from a small fringe sect called Christian Reconstructionism, founded by a Calvinist theologian named R. J. Rushdoony in the 1960s. Christian Reconstructionism openly advocates replacing American law with the strictures of the Old Testament.  George Grant, the former executive director of Coral Ridge Ministries, wrote “…It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time ... World conquest.”
There are a couple of Republican candidates for President that lean toward this objective.  In a recent article in The New Yorker this month, Ryan Lizza showed how Michele Bachmann’s intellectual and theological development fit into this premise.
A recent cover story in the Texas Observer by Forrest Wilder examined Rick Perry’s relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism.  He wrote that “What makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and Government.”  Its members “believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.”
Think of it like political radical Islamism.  
There are a number of Theocracies in the world with which we now have conflict.  Governments run under religious laws to the exclusion of all other beliefs, religious and secular.  
Do we want to fall to their level?  Do we want to throw out our Constitution which was established in part to keep any single religion from controlling our government?
I sincerely hope not!
Much of this information was gleaned from an article by Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
James Merrick
Ocala
                Where are our values?
Based on editorials, comments and the general media, it is obvious the Democrats/Liberals have no concept of economics or business. Our debt has increased over 50 percent in five years to $16 trillion but they don’t want to reduce spending, and this caused our credit rating to fall. They blame the Tea Parties for this downgrade even though it is the Tea Party and other conservatives who insist on fiscal responsibility, reducing spending. When asked “What part of the Tea Party’s agenda they object to?”, you can’t get an honest response. When if ever do liberals say cut the spending, no more debt?
 They insist we increase the Tax on the “rich,” but fail to acknowledge the top 5 percent pay over 70 percent of our taxes. What percentage would you have them pay? It sure is easy to spend the other man’s money since over 40 percent of us pay no taxes. They insist on raising the tax on corporations although America has the highest rate anywhere. Corporations are not the enemy, they are owned by individual stock holders. For the liberals, that is what we call our free market system, small and large businesses owned by the people, not the government. We can’t grow by taking more money from businesses, they furnish jobs.
Our claim of being a Christian/God-fearing nation also seems to get under their skin as they vent their anger on the Religious Right. We have always been a God-fearing nation as further evidenced by quotes from Abe Lincoln: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go” and “We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.” This could be said of America today if we don’t get back on our knees. Have we forgotten how God has blessed us?
Regarding liberal claims of the Tea Party being racist, not liking Obama, we don’t like his policies, his direction, race has nothing to do with it. If you will notice, we support Herman Cain and Justice Thomas. Do you?
Wayne Rackley
Ocala

 More on tax reform
The writer of “Some more thoughts regarding tax reform” (8-5-2011) said “We need to help the poor, not make it more difficult for them.” He is absolutely correct.
My letter “Thoughts regarding tax reform” (7-29-2011) completely disregarded poor Americans. I should have emphasized that We, the People have an obligation to provide for and protect less fortunate Americans; those who are unable - through no fault of their own - to do so for themselves. This is one of the qualities which makes America such a great country.
The 47 percent of non taxpayers that were cited in my letter is not an indictment of the poor; rather, an indictment of some of the very rich who are paying zero or little taxes because of loopholes and accounting tricks allowed by our existing tax code. It is an indictment of middle income Americans who are paying zero or little taxes because of inflated deductions and credits. It is an indictment of those in the underground-economy working off-the-books to avoid paying income tax; granted many of these are unemployed people - they have little choice. Upper and middle income people who are paying their fair share of income taxes are bearing the brunt of this additional tax burden. It simply is not fair to them.
When tax reform is implemented, this inequity will no longer exist. Considering fair tax as a possible tax reform, it will guarantee that less fortunate - poor - people will continue to pay no income tax. In fact they will receive a “prebate” each month that helps them with their essential purchases. The amount of the “prebate’ is determined by a family’s size and the family’s income level.
With fair tax, income is not taxed. If a family earns $50,000 they keep $50,000. If an individual or a corporation earns $50,000,000 they keep $50,000,000. It will make no difference if a rich person gets richer or a person works off the books. Instead, the fair-tax levies a national sales tax (23 percent) on the new things they purchase (office buildings, office equipment and supplies, toaster ovens, flat screen TVs, vehicles, boats, homes, or whatever) not on what they earn. The richer an entity becomes the more things it will buy and the stronger the American revenue stream will become.
Double taxation of an item - as we have under our current tax code - will be eliminated. When one pays fair-tax on a new item the item is not taxed again if the item is ever resold.
There has been much talk over the years about tax reform but nothing ever happens. Now our economy is in shambles. Wall Street is extremely nervous; it has no confidence in our government’s policies. Our revenue streams are becoming less and less viable. Now is the time to implement tax reform.
There are some opponents of tax reform. Much of their opposition is based on misinformation and speculation. One must possess the facts surrounding something before a reasonable decision about it can be made. To gather information about tax reform, begin at FairTax.org. Now is the time!
The writer closed his letter with: “May God bless us all, especially the poor.” I will add . . . and may God bless America.
Joe O’Hara
OTOW