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Letters to the Editor - July 31, 2009

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By The Staff

Friends of the Library

July sale a success

The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library want to thank the community for their support of the Friends Book Store.

The community continues to provide gently read donated books that are sold at the Friends Book Store inside the Dunnellon Public Library at 20351 Robinson Road. Donations are accepted daily at the store during hours of operation (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) or donated books may be left in the bin outside the store any time the library is open.

The July Half-Price sale ends July 31. The regular low prices of $2 for hardcovers, $1 for large softcovers, and 50 cents for paperbacks will resume on Aug.1.

The Friends deeply appreciate the readers who donate and purchase books. We thank you for your patronage. The community has made this sale a tremendous success. Member of the Friends will find a coupon in the September Newsletter.

The book store is staffed 100 percent by Friends volunteers, who are dedicated and inspired individuals. All proceeds from the book store and other fund-raisers are for the benefit of the Dunnellon Public Library. Funds pay for extra materials and equipment that are not in the county budget, as well as a book endowment (new library books) of $2,500 a month. The Friends are funding a landscaping project that will start to materialize over the next few months.

Again, thank you all.

Gloria Pettit, President

Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library

When do we say

“enough is enough?”

What part of “cutting expenses” when there is not enough money coming in doesn’t government understand? As individuals, we are facing the same money problems both state and federal government is facing but we don’t have to just cut expenses, we have to face increasing taxes and fees imposed by government.

Raising any taxes or fees at this time is totally unacceptable; it will cause even more financial problems to our citizens and that is an outrage. The state says the new fees will generate $800 million in revenue – where do they think this money is coming from?

Any politician who votes for such increases should be voted out as soon as possible!

Everyone needs to understand that this is not about political party, it’s about having financial/fiscal responsibility. We don’t have the privilege of just “printing more money” as the Fed does, or increasing our debt to the extent it can never be paid.

I had the opportunity to attend tea parties and if enough of you finally have the courage to join in and say, “enough is enough” and vote accordingly, we will be able to put a stop to this practice. It is a fact that Congress has voted on stimulus bills, cap and trade, and now wants to also control our health system, and they are in such a hurry that not one of them read the entire bill.

There is not enough money to pay for all of this as we face more debt than we have in our entire history combined. Is this the change you wanted?

Without question our health system needs fine tuning but there are ways to fix these problems without that much federal government involvement. Why would we even consider making changes that include illegal immigrants for instance? There have always been those who don’t want to pay for coverage, actually electing out of same, saying I will just gamble. At the same time many want taxpayers to pay the costs for them under the thought that health coverage is a right, not a responsibility.

It’s time for Americans to go back to the idea of individuals taking responsibility for their lives and to stop depending on “government” to take them from the cradle to the grave. We are on the slippery slope toward becoming a socialist, or worse country and it’s time to stop it. I believe we still have most Americans who feel the same way. May God continue to bless America.

Wayne Rackley

Ocala

Who pays taxes?

Politicians constantly remind us they are looking out for the middle class in the matter of paying taxes. Let’s take a look at the situation and see how well we fare when tax burdens are distributed. We will confine our thoughts to the so-called "hidden" taxes.

Corporate taxes are now 35 percent and from time to time we hear of plans to increase that percentage. Whatever the cost to the corporation, it will be added to the price we as consumers pay for its wares. The same result applies to small business and we get hooked again.

Lobbyist’s salaries and expense accounts create millions of dollars of expense for their employers. Firms that hire these people must add that cost to the price of their service or product. Once again, we pay when we buy the product.

We have all watched drug representatives with their baggage call on our physicians. We pay them also. Their cost must be added to the drug producer’s price, the government pays through Medicare etc. and we pay for Medicare through our taxes. We are nailed again.

There are more forms of taxes than fleas on a dogs back, so it is left us to determine just who pays the final bill. Hint: It will be tough to find a tax that does not trickle down to us, the very class that politicians like to say they consider when formulating tax issues.

Don Pixley

Ocala

Does the government declare bankruptcy?

Our $11.47 trillion national debt is the result of the government spending more money than it receives. The debt has been slowly increasing for years and in October, the end of fiscal year 2009, it is projected to grow to $13.27 trillion. The $1.8-trillion jump for 2009, the largest single increase in our history, will be due to the economic recovery and stimulus programs created by President Obama and the Democratic Congress.

The Congress is also considering very costly spending increases for a national health care plan and a set of industrial controls for air and water pollution. The majority of the spending for fiscal year 2008 was for defense, interest on the national debt and the entitlement programs; Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Total expenditures were $2.979 trillion. Total government income for fiscal year  2008 was $2.524 trillion. Most of this money came from individual and corporate income taxes, employee and employer FICA taxes and excise (gasoline) taxes. The national debt grew by $455 billion in 2008. 

The Treasury Department., The Government Accountability Office, The Congressional Budget Office and The Office of Management & Budget have reported an approaching financial crisis that could destroy our economy. The near future spending for required government programs and increases due to the recovery programs, the planned health care and pollution programs cannot be sustained. These agencies predict a $1 trillion increases in the national debt for each of the next several years. When the tax sources can no longer pay for the government’s operation and the interest on the national debt, the government will become insolvent and have to declare bankruptcy.

The large majority of Americans and most industrialized nations expected President Obama and the Democratic Congress to recover our economy from the implosion of the real estate investment schemes and return the world to its normal business activities. That may not be the case. A recovery to the old business model would leave the large national debt, the defense spending and the entitlement programs as continuing drains on the economy. We may well be on our way into bankruptcy, but by design, not by chance. President Obama and the Democratic Congress see the same budget and spending reports the media shows us, so why do they continue planning and creating large increases in government spending and the national debt? Why do the Democrats want us to go bankrupt?

What happens when we do go bankrupt? A good example is the economic collapse of the USSR in 1992. Their world wide holdings were forfeited and their military and industrial power collapsed. One fourth of the population slid into poverty, their life expectancy fell, the birth rate fell and their ability to feed themselves and to manufacture materials was cut in half. Their abundance of natural resources, (oil & natural gas), allowed them a rapid recovery, after their central government had gone through several changes. They settled on a parliamentary type government with a market based economy.  Similar changes also occurred in the industrial nations that were on the losing side of our two world wars. Most losing countries changed to a democratic type government, the same type we are trying to destroy.

What would happen to us? Since we are the world’s industrial leader and our dollar is the base of most international trade, our collapse would trigger similar failures around the world. All government debt would default, the national debt would disappear and the economy would have to start all over. The Golden Rule would cut in; the ones with the gold would make the rules and there would be a new set of leaders. After the recovery, our type of government would probably also change; current trends suggest some form of socialism which would require discarding our constitution. Under socialism, the government entitlement programs would change so that each of us could receive the same monthly allotment of health, wealth and the pursuit of happiness.  

William Farthing,

Ocala,

Answer to

Bill Farthing letter

Re: Put away the ‘Big Stick’ by Bill Farthing, Friday, July 24, 2009.

He says President Obama has surrounded himself with the best and brightest advisers, analysts and planners he can find. They are all well trained professionals and devoted to his programs.

However, there isn’t a thimble full of experience among the whole group for managing the large-scale effort of simultaneously recovering our economy and changing some of our basic social systems.

He suggests Obama needs to put his ‘big stick’ in the closet and get our industrial and business leaders back in the White House and this time, listen, don’t lecture. The results are guaranteed. The problems will be solved.

I was left wondering why he did not mention at least a couple of the industrial and business leaders he has in mind that Obama might contact who possess the experience needed to guarantee results solving the country’s dire economic, financial and basic social system problems.

Apparently, no one in the group of business leaders, which he says Obama gathered at the White House early in his administration, possessed the requisite ‘experience’ to solve the problems. But as his opening sentence advises, "If you don’t succeed, then try, try, and try again." is perhaps what President Obama needs to do, and he obviously could use some positive leads.

Tom Spencer

Ocala

Does the government

declare bankruptcy?

Our $11.47 trillion national debt is the result of the government spending more money than it receives. The debt has been slowly increasing for years and in October, the end of fiscal year 2009, it is projected to grow to $13.27 trillion. The $1.8-trillion jump for 2009, the largest single increase in our history, will be due to the economic recovery and stimulus programs created by President Obama and the Democratic Congress.

The Congress is also considering very costly spending increases for a national health care plan and a set of industrial controls for air and water pollution. The majority of the spending for fiscal year 2008 was for defense, interest on the national debt and the entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Total expenditures were $2.979 trillion. Total government income for fiscal year  2008 was $2.524 trillion. Most of this money came from individual and corporate income taxes, employee and employer FICA taxes and excise (gasoline) taxes. The national debt grew by $455 billion in 2008. 

The Treasury Department., The Government Accountability Office, The Congressional Budget Office and The Office of Management & Budget have reported an approaching financial crisis that could destroy our economy. The near future spending for required government programs and increases due to the recovery programs, the planned health care and pollution programs cannot be sustained. These agencies predict a $1 trillion increase in the national debt for each of the next several years. When the tax sources can no longer pay for the government’s operation and the interest on the national debt, the government will become insolvent and have to declare bankruptcy.

The large majority of Americans and most industrialized nations expected President Obama and the Democratic Congress to recover our economy from the implosion of the real estate investment schemes and return the world to its normal business activities. That may not be the case. A recovery to the old business model would leave the large national debt, the defense spending and the entitlement programs as continuing drains on the economy. We may well be on our way into bankruptcy, but by design, not by chance. President Obama and the Democratic Congress see the same budget and spending reports the media shows us, so why do they continue planning and creating large increases in government spending and the national debt? Why do the Democrats want us to go bankrupt?

What happens when we do go bankrupt? A good example is the economic collapse of the USSR in 1992. Their world wide holdings were forfeited and their military and industrial power collapsed. One fourth of the population slid into poverty, their life expectancy fell, the birth rate fell and their ability to feed themselves and to manufacture materials was cut in half. Their abundance of natural resources, (oil & natural gas), allowed them a rapid recovery, after their central government had gone through several changes. They settled on a parliamentary type government with a market-based economy.  Similar changes also occurred in the industrial nations that were on the losing side of our two world wars. Most losing countries changed to a democratic type government, the same type we are trying to destroy.

What would happen to us? Since we are the world’s industrial leader and our dollar is the base of most international trade, our collapse would trigger similar failures around the world. All government debt would default, the national debt would disappear and the economy would have to start all over. The Golden Rule would cut in; the ones with the gold would make the rules and there would be a new set of leaders. After the recovery, our type of government would probably also change; current trends suggest some form of socialism which would require discarding our constitution. Under socialism, the government entitlement programs would change so that each of us could receive the same monthly allotment of health, wealth and the pursuit of happiness.  

William Farthing,

Ocala