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By The Staff

Let’s stimulate a few

incumbents out of office

The “Incumbent Congressional Campaign Committee,” (aka Congress), has given us a $165 billion refund from our grandchildren’s income taxes. The refunds (aka Economic Stimulus Package) are for our immediate use to prevent the possibility of a recession.

Each 2007 income tax filer may receive $600, married couple $1,200, from the government; an additional $300 will be paid for each child age 16 or under. The $165 billion in refunds are projected against 2008 income taxes and will increase the government’s general fund debt which now stands at some $9.3 trillion and counting.

The scheme is to shock our businesses out of the doldrums by taking out payday loans against our grandchildren’s paychecks. If this must be done, then lets add a couple of more shocks to the system.

It’s our grandchildren’s money, so let’s at least keep it in this country. Only buy things that have a “Made in the U.S.A.” tag on them. A portion of the cash flow from the $165 billion will shock and help a lot of small businesses.

We can then shock our congressional members by voting out all incumbents in the primary and general elections this fall. It’s our thanks to them for the refund and for showing us how their devotion to politics and their indifference to our country’s welfare made this mess possible.

The shock to our grandchildren will be their realization that we let this happen and then passed the debt on to them for payment.

We can’t spend ourselves rich. Somewhere, somehow the buck must stop.

Why not here and why not now? By starting the reform of our most disliked branch of the government, the Congress, our grandchildren’s grandchildren may come to know a government that’s efficient, trustworthy, capable and fiscally sound.

If you want change in government, then let’s make it happen.

Bill Farthing

Ocala

It’s time to drop

the DROP benefit

On Feb. 23 I was reading the St. Petersburg Times, where in one section it stated that tuition increases for state universities wins strong backing by a poll taken by the newspaper. The front page of this same newspaper gave a report on retired state workers who presently receive their monthly retirement benefits along with their full-time salaries in addition to lump sum benefits which cost the state over $300 billion a year.

In one case the Miami Dade college president received a lump sum benefit of $893,286 along with his $14,631 monthly retirement check, and his annual salary of $328,860 because of his participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP program). There are presently over 8,000 state employees who are enrolled in this program, which also does not account for what they will also receive from Social Security.

This is happening while our state legislatures are considering increases thatwill put the cost of higher education out of the reach for middle income families. Our state Legislature must decide which is better for Florida, educating children of Florida residents or allowing our state employees to triple dip their retirement benefits and cost the State of Florida an additional $300 million per year.

There is also talk of firing some state employees so that other state employees can receive these additional benefits.

Florida Bright Futures and the Florida Resident Access Grant are programs that were put in place to help the children of Florida residents receive a higher education. There are many children in Florida high schools who have worked hard to be part of these programs but are being told now that the rules may change this year because of budget problems within the state.

It seems that during the past eight or nine years the budget cuts have finally caught up with Florida, and the children of the middle class will have to forgo their dreams ofa college education.

My vote would be to eliminate these additional retirement benefits for state workers under the DROP program and allow the children of Florida residents to receive the benefits under the Florida Bright Futuresand Florida Resident Access programs. If you agree that the greed of these state workers is hurting our Florida children you must contact the legislators for the state of Florida and demand that this DROP program be dropped.

I truly hope that the Florida State Legislature will upon further investigation realize that the future of Florida can be enhanced by educating its own children.

Jerry Segovis

OTOW

Political promises are

made to be broken

Once upon a time there was a land called Kenya. It had been a very prosperous colony in the days of the British Empire.

Then, after World War II, came the hue and cry for independence and the Mau Maus, who hacked British men, women and children to pieces until they drove the Brits off their farms and out of the country.

Then came President Kenyatta and now Kenya has to import food, among other things, where there once had been a surplus. Springing forth (indirectly) from this soil is a young man, Barack Obama, who knows everything that is wrong with the U.S.A. and who has a quick fix for everything.

This includes instant citizenship and free college tuition for 20 million illegals in this country. We will ultimately become a paradise of a fifth-rate Banana Republic.

If you believe all Obama tells you, we would like to take you on safari to Brooklyn and sell you a now historic American bridge. In other words, mom and apple pie are not exactly his strong points. Obama is hardly the epitome of a Norman Rockwell painting.

On the other hand, Hillary is a hard working American woman whose whole life is the political scene; first lady to a governor, first lady to a president, and a senator. Hillary wants to bring home the troops and have universal health care for all Americans.

Then there are the Republicans who can only give us yesterday’s cold mashed potatoes — same old war, same old Big Oil at $100 per barrel and same old dismantling of Medicare.

Don’t you just love it when a Republican senator, who looks like an ad for J. Crew, says that every American ought to buy his own medical insurance or have a medical insurance savings account? You see, every week you put 10 cents into a little tin box, and by the time you are 100 years old, you may be able to afford a doctor’s visit.

It’s almost as funny as wide open borders and pimping for Mexico.

By the way, two American border patrol guards are still in prison for doing their job in apprehending an “undocumented” Mexican drug smuggler with 750 pounds of marijuana. Teddy Kennedy and the Democrats are still looking the other way.

The American people are so angry, frustrated and disgusted with the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican Party that they are blindly clutching at straws. One wonders if this bandwagon for Obama is, in reality, what psychologists call the “herd instinct” — that is when people turn into sheep.

One also questions whether this man of mystery, Obama, who tells Americans just what they want to hear, is the Pied Piper to lead them all astray.

Barack Obama is a man of a few thousand words. He is never at a loss for words, even when they are not his own. Obama knows everything that is wrong with America. Will he destroy us to fix it?

Obama’s wife, Michelle, said that this is the first time in her life she is proud to be an American. And what is the country of her origin, may we ask?

The office of President of the United States is not about the American people, it is about power — personal power.

There once was an advertising slogan: “Promise her anything but give her Arpege.”

Once a political party takes power they can do anything they want. The Congress and the people become superfluous. We learned this bitter tragic lesson from George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzalez and the rest of the gang.

For the American people one can only say what the French say so well: “prenez garde” — watch out.

And of course we all know that real, macho American men don’t eat quiche — and they won’t vote for a woman.

Helen Bader

Oak Run

Not exactly a

fan of Hillary’s

And the winner is: The Oscar for the best acting by a female (ever) goes to Hillary.

The power lusting, ego feeding woman of steel cried her crocodile tears on cue on camera.

Why not in private? Superb acting and timing. She is good. Move over Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo – you have been supplanted.

Muskie lost for crying genuine tears. Hillary cries and gets votes. What kind of double standard is this?

You can fool some of the people all of the time.

D. I. Larson

Ocala