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Letters to the Editor - May 21, 2009

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By The Staff

Who should we support? 

As much as we love our children, whenever they were going in the wrong direction, it was our responsibility to correct them and make every attempt to point them in the right direction. The reason is obvious, we love them and knew that if their actions were not changed, there would be trouble for them either currently or in the near future. This same love is demonstrated by conservatives who dearly love America but vigorously oppose the path the liberals, led by President Obama, want us to follow. To support his agenda would be hypocritical given our belief in not having the federal government controlling every aspect of our lives. We believe big government is bad government! So did our forefathers!

However, when any conservative speaks out in conflict with Obama’s liberal agenda, the venom begins to flow from all sources. Personal attacks on conservatives simply because of our not wanting this change for our great country. Even Miss California, when stating marriage should be between a man and woman, has been ridiculed by many left-wing liberals even though most Americans agree with her statement. She was even condemned by a leader of NOW, which should change their name to the National Organization of Liberal Women, since these are the only ones they support.

Instead of dishing out verbal abuse because you don’t believe in what conservatives strongly support, stand up and simply state what it is that you believe in, and do it honestly.

What part of our conservative agenda do you object to? Individual responsibility? Upholding our Constitution? Conservatives spell out in detail our beliefs and liberals should have the backbone to stand up and state theirs, and with conviction. Both parties have complained about the deficit Bush left, however in a very short time Obama’s deficit is four times what it was and we simply have no way to pay for this. Do you really embrace the idea of our becoming a debtor nation? Do you really believe we can fight the terrorist by being Mr. Nice Guy?

We have the most leftwing liberal administration in our country’s history that in addition to wanting to control everything in sight, wants more and more power, and seems willing to abandon the traditional moral fiber our country has enjoyed since our beginning. I don’t understand how liberals are so quickly embracing Socialism unless they simply don’t really love our America and our value system. Remember Michelle Obama publicly stated that this is the first time she has been proud of America during the campaign but no one apparently cared. She also called us a “mean” country, forgetting how much good we have done.

Our conservatives don’t need to give up our values, common sense reveals that more Americans will eventually stand up to what direction Obama is taking us and we will have one of the greatest election landslides in history. After all, even given all the uneasiness throughout our country last year, Obama only won by 9 million votes, with over 130 million cast in total. This will reverse in short order the more we see Obama’s direction and the harm he will bring to America. We can’t survive as a bankrupt or divided nation, so I pray we snap out of this hypnotic state some are in and realize what a great country we have and how God has blessed us. Our future depends on God’s continuing blessing and I pray we will have it!

Wayne Rackley

Ocala

Do we need

more nannying?

What next?

Potty monitors in the home? (We already have them in public.)

Recently, a friend took an empty prescription bottle in for a refill. After the pharmacist had the number, the bottle was handed to my friend. He requested the bottle be thrown into the trash. “We cannot do that,” was the reply. “It is the law. You must take it and dispose of it yourself.” My friend and I stood there, open- mouthed, in disbelief. No explanation was forthcoming.

Do you believe that? What possible logic could have prompted such a law? Enlighten me, because I do not get it. Who would propose such a law? Don’t our elected officials have anything better to do?

What next was all that flitted through my brain. Potty monitors in the home? Surely, those who keep crying for ever more nannying would have no objection to this type of intrusion. With our out-of-control legislatures and bureaucracy, anything is possible.

No one said “stop”: when Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Fidel or any other dictators were on the more. Guess it will be the same thing in America.

D. Larson

Ocala

Give it a read,

You’ll feel better

The following paragraph was written by Fareed Zakaria, he is the editor of Newsweek International, but it was published in the May/June 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs:.

“As it enters the twenty-first century, the United States is not fundamentally a weak economy or a decant society. But is has developed a highly dysfunctional politics. What was an antiquated and overly rigid political system to begin with (now about 225 years old) has been captured by money, special interest groups, a sensationalist media and ideologi-cal attack groups. The result is ceaseless, virulent debate about trivia-politics as theater-and very little substance, compromise or action. A can-do country is now saddled with a do-nothing political process, designed for partisan battle rather than problem solving.”

Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, an economic and finan-cial analysis firm, used that paragraph in the introduction of his 2009 book, Spin-Free Economics. Behravesh gives us a good explanation on how our economy works and ex-plains how a large number of factors can have either good or bad influences on its opera-tion. Behravesh gives positive influences to open markets, competition, technology, global-ization, immigration, trade, education, growth, limited government involvement and inno-vative but accountable financial schemes. He gives negative influences to natural disas-ters, famines, wars, large entitlement programs, easy debt, inequitable taxes, inflation, long term budget deficits, outdated and illogical government regulations and special in-terest group’s influence of government’s activities. He covers these topics in the first eight parts of his book and then uses part nine to cover our current economic crisis.

In this last section, Behravesh identifies and explains seven economic crises that have occurred in the U. S. and five other countries since 1977. He then examines our cur-rent meltdown and labels it as financial mania followed by panic. All of it caused by low interest rates, an unsustainable worldwide housing boom, loose financial regulations, complacent regulators and monitors, innovative and unaccountable financing schemes and large investments in these schemes by banks and wealthy investors. Behravesh lists the influence of special interest groups on our politicians as one of the causes of our cur-rent problems and also one that will hinder our recovery. 

Behravesh ends his book with a list of economic lessons from the last two hundred years that governments, politicians and the electorate may want to consider. He also notes that during that time, we humans have created far more than we have destroyed and the world’s standard of living has had huge increases. His book is in the Marion County Li-brary. Give it a read; it will make you feel better about those who watch, those who lead.

Bill Farthing

Ocala

Another perspective

on Fair Tax Plan

I’ve noted with interest the regularity of letters to the editor in support of the "Fair Tax," created by a group funded by three Texas millionaires to replace the current tax system. All the letters contain pretty much the same information and arguments and usu-ally refer readers to a FairTax Web site that, not surprisingly, includes analysis that indi-cates that all Americans will benefit from this plan, and that it will fully replace current government tax receipts.

However, it seems that non-partisan organizations that objectively analyze the Fair Tax plan come up with considerably different conclusions:

Factcheck.org http://www.factcheck.org notes that the bipartisan Advisory Panel on Tax Reform determined that the sales tax would have to be set at 34 percent, not the 23 percent proposed by Fair Tax, to bring in the same tax revenue, and that only those making less than $15,000 or more than $200,000 would benefit from the Fair Tax.

Joseph J. Thorndike, writing for Tax Analysts on the Web site taxhistory.org http://www.taxhistory.org notes, as does the Advisory Panel on Tax Reform, how the use of tax-inclusive rather than tax-exclusive terminology muddies the waters and allows Fair Tax proponents to cite a lower tax rate while obscuring the actual rate.

Even Mike Huckabee, a staunch proponent of the Fair Tax, admits in an interview with CNN Money http://money.cnn.com that the actual sales tax rate is not 23 percent, but according to him 30 percent.

Another CNN Money article http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/06/pf/taxes/consumptiontax_0510/index.htm argues that the Fair Tax system would allow tax cheats to easily take advantage of it and, consistent with other objective analyses, that it will not generate sufficient tax receipts to replace current tax revenue, creating a $7 trillion deficit over 10 years.

I’m pretty sure most Fair Tax proponents have probably made their positions clear recently on increasing the deficit. And, while a major flaw in the Fair Tax Plan seems to be that it doesn’t generate enough tax revenue, this in fact may not be seen as a flaw by its proponents, as most seem to be members of the political party that sees tax cuts as the cure to all of our problems. But they really should visit Web sites that don’t have the words Fair Tax in the title to get a different perspective on this plan.

Bill Tetzlaff

Oak Run Give it a read,

You’ll feel better

The following paragraph was written by Fareed Zakaria, he is the editor of Newsweek International, but it was published in the May/June 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs:.

“As it enters the twenty-first century, the United States is not fundamentally a weak economy or a decant society. But is has developed a highly dysfunctional politics. What was an antiquated and overly rigid political system to begin with (now about 225 years old) has been captured by money, special interest groups, a sensationalist media and ideological attack groups. The result is ceaseless, virulent debate about trivia – politics as theater – and very little substance, compromise or action. A can-do country is now saddled with a do-nothing political process, designed for partisan battle rather than problem solving.”

Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, an economic and financial analysis firm, used that paragraph in the introduction of his 2009 book, Spin-Free Economics. Behravesh gives us a good explanation on how our economy works and ex-plains how a large number of factors can have either good or bad influences on its operation. Behravesh gives positive influences to open markets, competition, technology, globalization, immigration, trade, education, growth, limited government involvement and innovative but accountable financial schemes. He gives negative influences to natural disasters, famines, wars, large entitlement programs, easy debt, inequitable taxes, inflation, long-term budget deficits, outdated and illogical government regulations and special interest groups’ influence of government’s activities. He covers these topics in the first eight parts of his book and then uses part nine to cover our current economic crisis.

In this last section, Behravesh identifies and explains seven economic crises that have occurred in the U. S. and five other countries since 1977. He then examines our current meltdown and labels it as financial mania followed by panic. All of it caused by low interest rates, an unsustainable worldwide housing boom, loose financial regulations, complacent regulators and monitors, innovative and unaccountable financing schemes and large investments in these schemes by banks and wealthy investors. Behravesh lists the influence of special interest groups on our politicians as one of the causes of our cur-rent problems and also one that will hinder our recovery. 

Behravesh ends his book with a list of economic lessons from the last two hundred years that governments, politicians and the electorate may want to consider. He also notes that during that time, we humans have created far more than we have destroyed, and the world’s standard of living has had huge increases. His book is in the Marion County Library. Give it a read; it will make you feel better about those who watch, those who lead.

Bill Farthing

Ocala

Another perspective

on Fair Tax Plan

I’ve noted with interest the regularity of letters to the editor in support of the "Fair Tax," created by a group funded by three Texas millionaires to replace the current tax system. All the letters contain pretty much the same information and arguments and usually refer readers to a FairTax Web site that, not surprisingly, includes analysis that indicates that all Americans will benefit from this plan, and that it will fully replace current government tax receipts.

However, it seems that non-partisan organizations that objectively analyze the Fair Tax plan come up with considerably different conclusions:

Factcheck.org http://www.factcheck.org notes that the bipartisan Advisory Panel on Tax Reform determined that the sales tax would have to be set at 34 percent, not the 23 percent proposed by Fair Tax, to bring in the same tax revenue, and that only those making less than $15,000 or more than $200,000 would benefit from the Fair Tax.

Joseph J. Thorndike, writing for Tax Analysts on the Web site taxhistory.org http://www.taxhistory.org notes, as does the Advisory Panel on Tax Reform, how the use of tax-inclusive rather than tax-exclusive terminology muddies the waters and allows Fair Tax proponents to cite a lower tax rate while obscuring the actual rate.

Even Mike Huckabee, a staunch proponent of the Fair Tax, admits in an interview with CNN Money http://money.cnn.com that the actual sales tax rate is not 23 percent, but according to him, 30 percent.

Another CNN Money article http://money.cnn.com /2005/09/06/pf/taxes/consumptiontax_0510/ index.htm argues that the Fair Tax system would allow tax cheats to easily take advantage of it and, consistent with other objective analyses, that it will not generate sufficient tax receipts to replace current tax revenue, creating a $7 trillion deficit over 10 years.

I’m pretty sure most Fair Tax proponents have probably made their positions clear recently on increasing the deficit. And, while a major flaw in the Fair Tax Plan seems to be that it doesn’t generate enough tax revenue, this in fact may not be seen as a flaw by its proponents, as most seem to be members of the political party that sees tax cuts as the cure to all of our problems. But they really should visit Web sites that don’t have the words Fair Tax in the title to get a different perspective on this plan.

Bill Tetzlaff

Oak Run