Printed letters, Jan. 7, 2011

GOP victories boosted business hiring

It is no mistake that the elections last November led to better business hiring in December. That election allowed Republicans to hold the Democratic lame ducks hostage and that resulted in the extension of all Bush tax cuts for two years. Business is counting on Republicans reining in these out-of-control spenders for the next two years.

Next up is bringing the problems with Obamacare into focus. As former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, it is only after passage that we will begin to fully appreciate all that was tucked into the 2,000 plus pages. The list of pros is short compared to the long list of cons. It’s going to take two years. I like it that voters will have the last word in 2012.

The modus operandi of Congress of the past two years was to say: “It is an emergency. Trust me. No need to read this. Just sign here.” What sane person does that?

That all came to an end in November. For the next two years, there will be real transparency. The Democrats are now saying we can’t go back and actually understand what was passed and repeal what we don’t like. I can’t decide, are they crazy or just think we are stupid?

The president will try to implement his failed policies through executive fiat on things like cap and trade, but businesses can live with that if it is felt that generally he can be held in check and then defeated in 2012. If that assessment changes, all bets are off.



Penry and Salazar push debt issue down the road

In his column of Dec. 31, Josh Penry makes so bold as to share some predictions for 2011. His first prediction, that earmarks will disappear, is by far the wildest of the lot.

As an NPR analyst concluded, earmarks will disappear, but will live on under another name. You can entertain yourself trying to conjure up the sobriquet under which they will arise from the swamp.

On the same page former Congressman John Salazar gives his swan song, which consists of enumerating the earmarks which he worked tirelessly to secure for the deserving people of Colorado.

Incredibly, on this same page we have an editorial lauding the selfless public servants, including the two aforementioned, who put themselves through the wringer of public service to assure us of freedom and the pursuit of happiness — a dedication so overwhelming that they will do most anything to get re-elected.

Even in moments of doubt, fear not, for we have the best politicians money can buy. No wonder they are world champs at the game of “kicking the can down the road.”


Grand Junction

Earmarks will lead us to financial ruin

Hardly a day goes by that some politician or pundit doesn’t try to defend earmarks. I am opposed to earmarks partly due to the corruptness surrounding them, but mainly due to the destructiveness they pose to our financial house.

What if we were to think of earmarks in the context of a single family? What if a family of six — a man and his wife and four kids — were to put the entire family yearly income in a large bowl on the kitchen table and whenever a family member had a need, instead of discussing it with the entire family, he or she simply took the needed money from the bowl and purchased the new dress, boots, video game or tool?

Maybe the dress for the daughter wasn’t as important to replace as would have been one for the working mother. Maybe the father could have made due with the saw he had and instead replaced the barely functioning bike the son was using for his paper route. As the year draws to an end, would the family have money for a down payment on a home, a family medical emergency or even a family vacation? They would have to borrow.

Our senators and congressmen are acting like a family without a budget. It is fun to spend money, but as a nation, just as in a single family, we clearly cannot afford family members dipping into the bowl without discussion with the rest of the family or our congressmen attaching earmarks without defending them before their full respective bodies.

Whether it is one earmark at a time or one fist full of dollars at a time, the end result is the same: financial stress or worse, financial ruin.


Grand Junction


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