Patrick Wayne Germond: Government the problem

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To the editor:

A lot of economic "Greek tragedies" in the past have been caused from government leaders trying to go against the economic laws of nature and common sense.

Case in point, the apocalyptic effects of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, signed June 17, 1930, which turned a recession into a Great Depression.

The Tariff law taxed imports coming into America. Vainly, it tried to make American products cheaper than their competition from other countries. The goal was to "create-or-save" American jobs. The extreme opposite happened, because the rest of the world retaliated with their own tariffs against American goods, as expected by the opponents.

The government action ended up costing U.S. citizens vast amounts of jobs. Worse yet, the rest of the world moved on, doing business among itself, while the U.S. turned into a raisin.

Today, progressives in both parties have used the environmental cause to take control of our lives and to promulgate, or force by law, their social engineering delusions. Their latest and greatest fiasco, "Cap & Trade." Progressives in California have elevated this to a sanguine, or bloodthirsty, level. Their pretentious argument and experiment has failed with the same methodical predictability as blowing a hole in the side of a sinking boat to let the water out.

Courts have taken the power to shut down entire towns in the faces of the people for any exaggerated environmental cause. Remember, the U.S. timber industry?

It was squeezed out because of the cost of endless litigation. Now, Canada has taken over the market while our U.S. forests' go up in smoke.

The obsession with self-imposed tariffs, such as those in California, have made the costs to American businesses sky-rocket. Production and competitiveness have been lynched, and they now hang from Al Gore's shade tree.

The Arabs pave their streets with gold, while we Americans tie up our industry in red tape, rules and litigation. Neither party promotes tort reform or free market capitalism.

Instead, they sell us universal nightmares under the panic of emergencies they've created from their own, ever reaching, grasping, hands.

The reason the progressive movement of the 1930s went as far as it did was because of a lot of factors. One, it just needed to be played out so the people could see the end results.

Another reason was people didn't have our level of access to communication and self-education. Basically, they were poor when it came to the facts. We, however, have hindsight and history on our side. And judging by the polls, and to the dismay of both parties, Americans are catching on fast. Facts and common sense can cut through propaganda instantly.

Problem is, the Achilles heel of socialism is it rots and stinks in the sunlight.

Besides, a government that thinks the recession is over because fewer people are Googling "economic depression," needs to be made real small. Government is the problem, not the solution.

Patrick Wayne Germond

Comments

Ryan_Neece 5 years, 1 month ago

"Today, progressives in both parties have used the environmental cause to take control of our lives and to promulgate, or force by law, their social engineering delusions. Their latest and greatest fiasco, "Cap & Trade." Progressives in California have elevated this to a sanguine, or bloodthirsty, level."

Yes, because trying to restore our environment, to reverse the effects of climate change and stopping the continued destruction of the biosphere is a social engineering delusion, designed only to allow these progressives to bend us to their whim.

Or, perhaps they're doing this to help the environment, something that most would agree is beneficial. It's a fact, not a theory, that our climate is changing. This, except for the few, is accepted by everyone. The debate is whether or not its human caused. Whether it is or not, humans and animals previously dealt with this, and lived their daily lives, adapting to the changes. This, was before the rise of civilization.

Now, the solution is not so simple. We stand back and let our climate change and alter our civilization, weaken it, or we can try and stave that off. Thus measures like this, which some call a fiasco. Others call it sanity. I would also just like to point out the fact that these progressives currently are the majority of the nation. A representative constitutional democracy then, and a representative constitutional democracy now.

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taxslave 5 years, 1 month ago

To top it off, the new health care legislation is over 1000 pages. It adds an 8% payroll tax and it does NOT cover the doctor's fee..

This will put most of the small businesses out of business, you'll loose your job and your health care. Small business can barely scrape up the payroll tax match as it is.

Obama signed a signing statement on Monday, Executive Order, stating he doesn't have to obey our law. He was cirtical towards Bush for doing this and now him.

Two wings off the same bird. We've been had.

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Ray Cartwright 5 years, 1 month ago

TAKEN FROM THE FEDERATION for AMERICAN REFORM web site: www.fairus.org

Democratic House Leaders Conceal the Fact That Their Health Bill Covers Illegal Aliens Last week, Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their health care reform legislation entitled, "America's Affordable Health Care Act of 2009." (Bill Text). Despite the language in section 246 of the bill that states: "nothing: shall allow Federal payments [for] individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," the bill actually raises more questions than it resolves with respect to whether the bill will burden American taxpayers by giving health care benefits to legal and illegal aliens.

The draft House bill - consisting of 1,018 pages - was introduced by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and cosponsored by the chairmen of the three House committees of jurisdiction: Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairmen of the Energy & Commerce Committee; and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the Education & Labor Committee. Section 202 of this bill creates a Health Insurance Exchange (exchange) and states that "all individuals are eligible to obtain coverage" through the exchange. The House Education & Labor Committee has produced a summary of the bill and explains that the exchange will allow individuals and employers to "comparison shop for coverage" and that the bill creates "new affordability credits: for people purchasing [health coverage] through the exchange." (Education & Labor Summary).

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Ray Cartwright 5 years, 1 month ago

Patrick, If you are talking the editorial committee that is such a farce that CDP uses forget it. It is comprised of people that are not able to make up their own minds and have to be told what they think. An editorial committee needs to be open minded and able to use their own brains and not have to go along with what is politically correct. Thanks but no Thanks Sorry.

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Ray Cartwright 5 years, 1 month ago

Ryan Neece.....Then count me as one of the few. I do believe that our climate is changing however it is changing just like it did 1000's of years ago and has very little to do with human causes. The reason that it is accepted by so many is that global warming, just the phrase creates money's from the public but, any scientific studies that dispute it get no funding because it is not the flavor of the month, year, decade whichever you choose to call it. I attended a conference in North Dakota in January and the keynote speaker that they had there was an actual scientist and had several charts that explained just what I am saying here. In my opinion he sure made sense to me and a lot of attendees of the conference. Yes Patrick most Americans are in favor of a clean environment but that doesn't mean that the rest of the world worries about it. Just look at the industries in Mexico, China and others thoughout the third world nations. I do know that Australia and New Zealand are doing their part in clean environment and have been for many many years.

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