Freedoms not free
We are a country of immigrants, and should continue to extend
ourselves to others as long as we are able. However, we should never
reward those who break the law, whether they be those who enter our
country illegally, or employers who knowingly hire them.
When we talk of national security, the estimated 20 million
illegal aliens is frightening. I’m now wondering if our government
really cares. Where is the fence that was signed into law in 2006?
When we talk about our Social Security, my most recent statement
indicated that in 2017 we will begin paying more in benefits than we
collect in taxes, and without changes, by 2041, the Social Security
Trust Fund will be exhausted.
Again, I’m wondering if our government really cares. In spite of
those sobering statistics, I’ve heard that we are again considering
rewarding those who break the law, by a plan to award Social Security
earnings credits for work done illegally in the U.S.
I have always felt that we live in the greatest country in the
world, and am proud to be an American, but keep in mind that our
freedoms were not free.
Our nation, over the past 30 years, followed the Republicans
down a path which allowed corporations to consolidate power to control
the marketplace. They enriched themselves massively as a consequence.
And, when these monster-sized corporations began to show signs of
collapse, we had really no choice but to prevent their complete failure
with massive public investments lest we see our entire economy go down
with these diseased corporate behemoths.
Today Goldman Sachs, one of the rescued financial institutions,
announced that it will hand out $18 billion in employee bonuses,
averaging $600,000 per employee. This is not behavior unique to Goldman
Sachs. This is standard operating procedure for the corporate big boys.
And this kind of obscene corporate greed has been robbing the rest of
us far more than the government has with its taxation.
In fact the only way, and the most morally and appropriate way
for the rest of us to repair this country and its economy is for us to
return to the kind of progressive taxation that was in effect under
Eisenhauer and Kennedy. In other words, it’s time to raise taxes on the
rich — a lot. Remember that when these people find themselves in
control of lots of money they take a lot for themselves. That’s a lot
more like stealing than earning.
We do indeed need to take most of it back from them in the form
of very high tax rates for earnings in excess of ... oh, I don’t know,
maybe what we pay our president. Let your legislators know that we need
to tax the heck out of the filthy rich.
The June 9 letter “Stewards of the forests” (Gilbert Fryer)
speaks of God’s request of man to be stewards of his creation, but
represents the antithesis of what most Christians mean by “Creation
The errors of fact in the author’s diatribe against
“environmental groups” which “continue to litigate and stall sales and
harvests” require a response. During the past decade, not a single
environmental group has litigated against any timber sale or attempted
to block any fuel reduction project on the Stanislaus National Forest.
In response to the rant against environmental regulations,
readers should know that Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is presently
logging thousands of acres in the Sierra Nevada by clear-cutting.
Clear-cutting is about as far from Creation Care as one can imagine.
What form regulation should take is open to legitimate debate, but the
need for some government regulation to curb destructive practices is
The letter’s claim that “environmental groups and government
regulations ... are attempting to destroy the health of our resources”
insults readers’ intelligence. Private industry has its profit motive,
but what conceivable motivation to destroy “our forests and our lands”
could possibly drive citizen groups or democratically-elected
Forest management is complex and site specific, and reasonable
persons can honorably disagree on the details. But responsible care for
God’s creation is not furthered by demonizing those with whom one
Rob Schaeffer, M.D.
This is a day to celebrate! Learning that Sarah Palin quit her
day-job is the best news — ever! I know she is feeling our pain, and
she can and will do something about it. She hasn’t announced it yet,
but she will run for President in 2012.
I can feel it. I voted for “hope and change” in the last
election, but I didn’t expect the kind of change we are now getting. I
don’t want to live under socialism or communism. I finally woke up,
changed the channel and began listening to real news and getting real
facts, and I am truly disturbed at what is happening to our great
Please people, you need to wake up also, before it is too late. Go Sarah!