Email letters, Sept. 7, 2011

Obama’s lost republic
could be future story

On a recent trip to Alaska, I learned of the fable of the Dall sheep and the wolves. The Dall sheep population was in serious decline and wolves were being blamed. A study was commissioned and it was determine that the wolves were not the cause, but in fact actually strengthened the health of the sheep population by thinning out the old, lame and ill. The decline in the sheep population was attributed to disease and exceptional weather.

Fortunately, and surprisingly, government officials decided to do nothing and the sheep population soon rebounded. The sheep and the wolves were all very content, but the government bureaucrats were quite frustrated because they were unable to develop an expensive government program to “save” the Dall sheep population.

There is a valuable lesson here for government bureaucrats, if they are able to recognize it. Most of us would be better off if they simply left us alone to solve our own problems. As always, Thomas Jefferson’s wisdom reaches out to us from the past, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

We must exercise our constitutional responsibility to resist this administration’s intrusive big government policies or we are certain to read in the near future the fable of Obama and the Lost Republic.

HANS CROEBER
Montrose

Let parents provide school funding

A six-year override of TABOR Amendment limits to fund $12.5 million a year for District 51, increasing taxes for property owners in this district — is it a fair solution or another government bailout — but this time on a local level?

After being told it would retain teaching positions, voters elected to keep paying high vehicle registration fees. Where has that money gone? Seems fishy. When will enough be enough?

Maybe it’s time for the taxpayers with children in school to help the funding. A tax based on the number of children per family, paid by the parents, instead of increased taxes to an overburdened number of property owners who pay their taxes, have paid school taxes while their children were in school, and have agreed to keep paying vehicle registration fees to help.

This isn’t to suggest a reversal of taxes for the property owners. It’s to request for no additional school taxes for those who don’t have children in the system. As property owners need to accept their choice to own real estate by paying mortgages and property taxes, parents need to accept their responsibilities of choice by providing an education for their children.

We all have hard decisions to make in these tough economic times. Many property owners are making sacrifices to make ends meet. They may be postponing a family or living on a fixed income due to their age and health. Jobs are hard to find and each dollar earns less each day.

Vote No on Referred Measure 3B this Nov. 1. Send the message that voters want a fair and responsible solution for the taxpayers and schools of District 51, not a local government bailout!

FRED AND KIM MUSSMACHER
Grand Junction

U.S. on the fast track to default

One only needs to look at page 176 of the recently published United States Proposed 2012 Budget to understand that our nation is on a bullet train headed to the land of bankruptcy. The budget reveals mandatory entitlement spending now exceeds all federal revenues.

To put perspective, if Congress shut down the entire federal government and only paid mandatory programs, they wouldn’t balance the budget. For the first time, the budget projects that 2011 the United States will spend more on mandatory programs ($2.194 trillion) than all the revenue it collects ($2.174 trillion).

U.S. spending on mandatory programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps and unemployment benefits is more than all revenues combined. In essence, if Congress eliminated the entire $1.4 trillion to operate the federal government, our nation would still need an additional $237 billion to balance the budget. Even more concerning, page 203 reveals the United States will borrow $1.948 trillion this year, bringing U.S. debt to a record $15.5 trillion by Sept. 30, 2011.

Often I hear other say, “My children and grandchildren will have a horrible burden to pay” as if this crisis won’t effect them. The debt is beyond what our children can pay and our nation is racing toward default. In the recent downgrade, Standard & Poor’s should have warned that Washington has put the U.S. treasury bond on a fast track of becoming a junk bond. Washington is full of economists, but one look at this administration’s 2012 budget proposal and an elementary students would understand that we are a nation racing toward bankruptcy. By the end of this month, every man, woman and child in the United States will owe over $49,000 in U.S. debt. A family of four will owe $200,000. Those thinking this debt will only affect their children had better get their heads out of the sand.

The Budget Office projects interest will cost taxpayers $5.7 trillion in the next 10 years. If the United States defaults, the current recession and the Great Depression of the 1930s will look like a picnic. As the largest economy in the world, a United States default would collapse the global financial markets, causing banks to fail and every retirement plan to become worthless.

It is time for Americans to understand that this is not a problem only for our children, but a problem that will soon affect everyone. IF the problem isn’t addressed, most of us will live to see our nation default.

Eventually, the taxpayer will pay the debt or our nation will default. Washington needs to understand that they can’t use borrowed money to fund unemployment, provide aid to every country, aid for every natural disaster and then finance more debt to create jobs — especially when they borrow $1.948 trillion this year to fund the entire federal government.

We must get involved in educating everyone, that our elected politicians (both Republican and Democrat) have our nation on a fast track to bankruptcy.

HAL MASON

 



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