Letters to the editor
Common sense is needed
President Obama's Jobs Bill is the same old stuff and only addresses short term employment. We need long term employment. I am only an average Silent Majority American, but I can tell Washington how to fix the economy.
First. A large export. Gather up Al Gore, Robert Redford, Darryl Hannah, SUWA, Secretary Salazar, George W. Bush and his "GREEN" light globes, and all the rest of the radical environmentalists. Take them out of their air conditioned and heated offices and homes and ship them to their beloved rain forests. They've held our economy hostage for too long. They are killing America, not saving her. I'm all for cleaning up the environment, but not at the price of our economy.
Second. Put 100,000 oil workers back to work, in the Gulf of Mexico and bring our gas prices down a little, so we can buy other things too.
Third. Force Obama and Salazar to reinstate the coal permits already legally approved, then denied(by the way, they are trying to kill another 7,000 coal mining jobs, with environmentalism). Fourth. Permit the Canadian oil shale pipeline and the several hundred thousand jobs it will create.
Fifth. Develop our own gas, oil and coal resources and put millions to work and make us independent of imported oil.
Sixth. Make our government outlaw lobbyists, so our politicians can represent us and not special interests.
Seventh. Put utilities back under regulation to limit their profits. This is better for all of us, as consumers, and it keeps guys like Warren Buffet from making profits off something that is a necessity to us little people. By the way, I've suggested this twice to Representative David Hinkins and never even received a reply.
Eighth. Drop corporate tax rates from the highest in the world, to something reasonable, to entice industry to come home. If they won't do it, put a tariff on their goods.
Ninth. No more bailouts! We have a big hit coming. Lets take it now, before it gets bigger. If businesses like GM and GE and the big banks are failing, let them fail. They are taking the country down and putting us in debt to our enemies. The middle class is the loser, one way or another. Right after GM's bailout, the company sent 1,000 green jobs to Mexico. Thanks American taxpayers. By the way, I didn't hear the United Auto Workers complaining about that one. I suppose now that they are big stockholders in GM they win both ways. Green Energy will be fine and appropriate one day down the road, but in the meantime let's use what we have here, which is the largest oil reserves in the world.
Tenth. Write Congress and tell them to get busy plugging tax loop holes and cut spending.
Eleventh. When one big retailer moved into Price, they proudly displayed their "Made in America" merchandise. Go in there now and you see the word "China" as the big word. Whose economy is that hurting and whose is it helping? If all these big chains bought American goods, made by American workers, how many million jobs would that create?
Common sense is what we need in Washington, not more bureaucrats and lawyers. Better wise up Americans, your country is being turned over to the big boys, who pull Washington strings. It's time to weed out the traitors.
By the way, get rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and keep our post offices. They are a big employer and I like them.
Fred Richardson, Spring Glen