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Not like dictatorships


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By Marlyn L. (Joe) Stock
East Carbon

Editor:

I find it necessary once again to reply to Robert Warren. I first would like to ask him if he is proud of the former administration that put this country in the toilet before this administration took over. Part of the deficit that Obama is getting blamed for is the $700 billion that Bush and his cronies appropriated for their friends on Wall street, and the banks who created this mess in the first place.

Recently, an editorial writer in the Salt Lake Tribune said "The passage of the health care bill was the end of the Reagan era", If this is true, I have only two words in reply "Thank God".

I was a brake man or extra conductor on the Rio Grande railroad, during his administration, and we passed the Thompson rest stop in Spanish Fork Canyon every day or two, and I thought I was watching a rerun of the "Grapes of Wrath" every time we passed. We saw anywhere between two or three to eight pick-up trucks with mattresses and box springs as sideboards with all of their passengers in between. My conductor pointed out a hobo jungle. I said "Ron there have always been hobo jungles" and he said, "but not whole families." It was a common sight all during Reagan administration.

A lot of conservatives think Reagan should be put on Mt. Rushmore if so the saying that should be chiseled underneath his likeness should say the father of the rust belt and the homelessness.

In 1933, Roosevelt's first year in office, he passed laws making it impossible to have another 1929. But Reagan and Bush got rid of those restrictions, and we had another 1929 in 2008.

Uncle Spud (Wasatch Behind) recently said "he was in fear of what would happen while Obama was in office."

Was he proud of the last administration? I think a lot of the conservatives would have liked to do to the Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews. Our government condoned torture and they eliminated Habeas corpus that goes back to the Magna Carta. They disregarded the Geneva Convention, of which our government had been the biggest advocate. The tea parties of today remind me of the newsreels of Hitler's speeches I watched before and while we were in the World War II. After every sentence Hitler uttered there was a loud and universal and emotional siegheil. I have never seen such patriotism, until watching the tea parties. The bad thing about it is that they have picked a very poor cause to champion.

Mr. Warren quotes Kennedy when he said "Think not of what your government can do for you, but what you can do for your government." That was good politics.

I personally believe the government was created to serve the people, not like in dictatorial countries where people are created to serve the government, whoever they are.

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