Union Democrat staff

We are bankrupt

To the Editor,

We're bankrupt. We just don't know it, and the government (particularly the Federal Reserve Bank) is going through all kinds of contortions to fool us into believing otherwise.

Annual spending by the federal government now exceeds the 2007 level by about $1 trillion. With a slow economy, revenues are little changed. The result is an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year. The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household (including the 50 percent of households that don't pay federal income tax).

The government cannot keep spending $1 trillion plus more than it takes in.

Also, it's fallacious to believe that the government can increase its revenues above 20 percent of the economy without destroying incentives for growth.

In addition: unemployment is at 8.1 percent and staged for growth; 23 million-plus people out of work; 47 million people on food stamps; $16 trillion national debt; $4K reduction in middle class median income; and $4 per gallon of gas.

The fixes are blindingly obvious: a smaller federal government - cutting the head count by 25 percent; entitlement, education, regulatory and litigation reform; expand trade agreements with other countries; and, the proactive pursuit of energy independence including oil, coal and natural gas - along with viable alternative forms of energy.

The current administration's divisive governing style robs us of our can-do attitude. Pulling together is nearly impossible when our leaders persistently attempt to separate us into different groups. People are spending less because they are afraid what tomorrow will bring. And companies will not hire because people aren't spending. It's an Obama administration generated Catch-22.

Elections have consequences. And the outcome of 2008 has been disastrous.

The 2012 election will seal our fate.

Ray Anderson


Leave Columbia School alone

To the Editor,

I have been thinking about writing this letter for quite awhile now. I at first wanted to use the correct grammar and etiquette and sound studious, but that's not how I express myself in true form, so here it goes. I am so tired of these pitchfork, torch wielding hoo-ha's voicing their insults about the Columbia Elementary Staff, and Board members.

We have been called Kool-Aid drinkers, a cult, Pendley followers, among other things. I commend all the staff for taking the higher ground and with restraining themselves to the lower depths of those wielding piles who continue to hold personal grudges against the whole staff.

These persons have had personal vendettas for which they feel someone related to or involved in the district has wronged them.

Come on people! Take a long look in the mirror: if you can face the real truths long enough. All this mud slinging would become clear and the reasonings behind it to those spectators who have been one sided. Columbia Elementary's record stands for itself. The past acts of some individuals should not define Columbia Elementary and its educators.

We work hard for our students and they have and always will be our priority. We have never lost sight of that inspite of the bad publicity.

Teresa Crutcher


Economic crisis

To the Editor,

To expect state or federal money to fund our "sustainable development," or to assume United Nations reach into our local government could even remotely bless our people, is a disgrace to humankind. California is bankrupt and our feds are paying $380 billion (of unproductive dollars) on our $16 trillion debt.

State control, UN costs and interference have brought us to ruin.

Before this worldwide economic crisis is resolved, there will be no more "other peoples money" that we have perniciously desired. It is said, the bankrupt nations are to hold off their crash until after our election.

We may find ourselves disobeying some unconstitutional laws and restrictions to mine our minerals and log our trees in order to care for our people.

Thank you Supervisors Royce and Hanvelt for reading the handwriting and leading the way.

"But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you and pray for its' welfare. For in its welfare you will find your welfare," Jeremiah 28:17.

Jan Higgins