Are things getting better?
Lew Rockwell of the Mises Institute recently wrote, “Fiat money (unbacked) is destroying civilization right now. It has fueled the predator state. It has destabilized markets. It has wrecked balance sheets and distorted financial markets. It has wrecked the culture by leading the whole world to believe that prosperity can come as if by magic, that stones can be turned into bread.”
Food stamp users have now risen to 40.2 million people or 18.5 million households. With only 100 million nongovernment paid workers generating enough taxes to feed 40 million people plus their families, it becomes two people working to feed four or five. The next time you walk out the door look at what this free money the Federal Reserve has created at the behest of the likes of Barney Franks and Obama. You will see the jobs are gone along with the purchasing power of the dollar, the middle class is shrinking. All that is left is bankrupted people, companies, and governments all because of the creation of fiat money in an attempt to spend our way to prosperity. These problems have never been solved in the last 4,000 years by governments trying to buy prosperity. Creation of money by working and production is the only proven way a country can prosper and its people flourish.
Our forbearers knew this and with the natural resources in America, they built a great country which Obama and his cohorts are rapidly proceeding to destroy. Eleven million homeowners now owe more than their home is worth. Remember, Obama and Franks instructed Freddie and Fannie to guarantee mortgage money for anybody, even with bad credit or none.
A recent survey by AlixPartners shows 71 percent of Americans report that their economic situation is “the same,” “somewhat worse” or “a lot worse“ than last year. Only 8 percent of Obama’s cabinet and appointees ever held a job in the real world. FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and the Bushes had 50 percent-plus people who had actually worked for a living. Is it any wonder the current government cannot get anything right. Obama’s only work experience was as an Acorn and union organizer. I believe that Palin would be many magnitudes better than Obama and Huckabee probably would be also. Remember in November.
Definition from the Daily Reckoning, “A perfect government program — it accomplishes nothing at great expense and adds it to the debt.”
President deserves more time
W.V. Bond’s letter calling for a change of administrations indicates that he must have some form of short-term memory loss. We just had a change 18 months ago after an eight-year Republican disaster. Does he want to resurrect the Titanic’s skipper and let him try the voyage again?
Two of the greatest mistakes ever made by America were made by the Bush administration and we paid, and are still paying, a very high price for them. No. 1, the trillion dollar unnecessary war in Iraq and No. 2, the $1.3 trillion tax cut for the rich.
Bush had just inherited a $232 billion surplus and sterling economic prospects from the Clinton administration, and relative peace in the world.
Iraq and Iran, mortal enemies, were keeping one another occupied so we didn’t have to worry too much about either — just see that neither got the upper hand — as we had done for many years.
Thanks primarily to the two big mistakes we were headed straight into another depression when Obama took over, and no less than President Bush acknowledged that fact.
No president in my lifetime (back to Roosevelt) has had so little help and cooperation from the other party. The Republicans have had one goal from day 1 — see to it that Obama fails — be dammed what happens to America. Obviously Mr. Bonds is on the side of Rep. Joe Barton on the Gulf issue.
I’m very proud that President Obama was able to get $20 billion up-front in damages for our good coastal neighbors.
We gave the Republicans eight years (and 20 of the last 28 years) of constant deregulating so that the wolves had free access to the sheep. Eighteen months is a very short time to fix all of that.
Our president deserves praise for our progress so far, support from the opposition going forward and far less ugliness and hate.
Carl V. Flores
Uncertainty in leadership keeps others on their toes
This is a letter to all the Texans who are worried about China.
The Chinese are not like North Korea. They have “rational” leaders who are trying to bring China into the 21st century. They won’t endanger us, like the idiots in Iran, because they’ve got “Apples in the Cart.”
But most of all they are afraid of the United States of America. Why? Because we have the bravest, most sophisticated military with 21st century weapons.
But the biggest reason the Chinese or Russians are afraid of us is our election cycles. They can never tell what the elections are going to bring them.
Ronald Reagan brought them a soft actor’s voice and a big stick. George H.W. Bush brought them the Gulf war. Bill Clinton brought them the Dot.Com Bubble. (Well, actually he fiddled while American nerds ran with the computer revolution).
George W. Bush brought heat to the crazy Muslim terrorists and in the process liberated the whole country of Iraq. If you don’t think that is a big deal, you haven’t talked to an Iraqi who lived under Saddam Hussein.
Now we have President Obama who looks like a pussycat to some dictators, I’m sure. But he may get his power taken away this fall if the Republicans take back Congress. Then who will be president in 2013? Maybe Newt Gingrich. Would you like to be looking at the business end of a rifle Newt Gingrich is holding? And that, dear readers, is what keeps us safe!
It is the uncertainty of leadership in the U.S. that keeps the bad guys guessing what the U.S. will do.
Maryjane Brady Griffin
H-E-B comes to the rescue
I thought for a change you might like to hear some good news that is going on in our city of Cleburne.
I am a 92-year-old widow living alone, but very independent and enjoying it. Recently, I went shopping and experienced a most unusual kindness that I think I shall always remember.
I had just gotten gas for my car and then parked it in the H-E-B parking lot. After getting my groceries and putting them in the car with the help of a faithful H-E-B employee, I turned my attention to starting the car and going home.
To my consternation, the car would not start! The motor would not turn over. Obviously my battery was dead. Now what would I do?
Just then I looked up and saw the clerk who had helped me pack my groceries and brought them to the car. Her husband had just come in and hearing my car trouble she asked him to park his car near me. Gratefully I noticed a parking spot right across from mine — perfect for fixing batteries. He got his battery charging cable and started working on my car.
Just then, to my surprise, another man showed up to help. He identified himself as the store manager of H-E-B. He told me, “not to worry, that they would get the car fixed up and ready to go.”
The men invited me to go inside and sit down where it was cool while they worked on the car. Shortly afterward the H-E-B manager came in and said it looked as though the battery was no good, and that he was going to take it to AutoZone and have them test it and if it was not good he would have them install a new battery.
An hour later the H-E-B manager returned saying the car was working fine with a new seven-year warranty battery in it and they were cooling the car down with my A/C going full force.
Neither man would take any money for their kindness and the H-E-B manager paid the charges for the battery. I was glad I had remembered to take my checkbook with me and was able to pay him right there for the battery.
It is wonderful in today’s world to still find even large business managers caring and thoughtful. You can be sure H-E-B will always have a warm spot in my heart. I am thankful, too, to a God who is so kind and helpful to little old ladies.
Edwards has earned support
In response to Mr. Welch’s short-sighted criticism, (Edwards explains health care vote July 18) let me say we should stick to the facts and not false partisan talking points that cannot be supported.
Chet voted against the health care bill twice; once in 2009 and again in March on the final bill. In fact, he tried to stop the bill before it came to the floor by voting against it in the budget committee.
I attended several town hall meetings in which Chet discussed the health care bill and after the legislation took shape I personally heard Chet disclose he would not vote for the legislation. I have no doubt that he was pressured by some in Washington to vote for the health care bill. But I have known Chet for a long time and have found that he listens and serves, to the best of his ability, those of us who live and vote in the 17th district.
Once again, this year Chet has proven to be independent by voting against the health care bill, cap and trade, and the repeal of Don’t ask Don’t Tell. As for Bill Flores assuring us that he voted for Rob Curnock in 2008 when the truth is he did not vote at all in the 2008 general election makes me wonder whether he would have shown up for a congressional vote had he been our representative this year.
I’m not even certain Flores could find Cleburne without a chauffeur. Thanks for your letter Mr. Welch, but I’ll stick with Chet.
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