Union Democrat staff

No on Taxes

To the Editor,

The old saying, "The more you make, the more you spend" holds true in government operations, which also follows the old saying, "Use it or Lose it."

Budgets are developed for the purpose of operating within our means of income. If you don't have it, don't spend it.

However, government operations continue with the idea that they will just increase taxes to cover the costs. This thought process must be discontinued.

The Columbia School Superintendent discovered some surplus funds and recommended to the Board that we should do something nice for our faculty and the Board accepted the recommendation!

We need consolidation of our school districts. Eliminate the waste and put the money in the classrooms. Administration costs exceed $1.5 million.

Educational Leadership in the county continues to ignore this constant recommendation. Why?

Fish and Game has now decided that their decals, logos etc. needed changing.

Costs of changing everything from letterheads & business cards to painting of vehicles will be expensive. California Division of Forestry, CDF, changed their name a couple years ago to Cal Fire which incurred the same expenses.

Did we gain anything from this? More wasted tax dollars.

The recent grant fund that was received to expand the Dragoon Gulch Trail near the old hospital now requires a "study" to design the trail at a cost around $60K.

In addition, another "study" is being considered by Sonora Elementary to determine how to spend the balance of their grant funds.

The parking lot is nice, but classroom support should be more important. Grant funds should only be granted if the money is surplus and available.

There are many other examples of waste, just look around and consider this when completing your ballot.

Ed Anderson


Spin continues

To the Editor,

In response to the Oct. 11 letter by Myrna Doering: I agree that Americans are predominantly a religiously tolerant people (one exception is the atheists and their A.C.L.U. counterparts with their assault on those pesky crosses).

This tolerance is no better exemplified, than the 2008 election of Barack Hussein Obama to the highest office in the land.

Despite Obama occupying a pew for 22-plus years in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Church of "God Damn America," he was elected overwhelmingly. Although Obama has distanced himself from this radical and racist man of the cloth since the 2008 election season, a glance at his autobiography reveals his true feelings about Wright where he describes him as his "mentor."

As to M. Doering's regurgitation of the administration's account for the cause of the Libyan crisis, she's a few spins behind.

It's true that the White House's initial position was "free speech gone bad" (refer to the three-month-old YouTube video), however, since then they've employed the Sgt. Schultz defense of "I know nothing" (V.P. Biden's debate) and began throwing people under the bus in fast and furious fashion.

From blaming Bush to Romney to Ryan to Congress to the CIA to the State Dept., the song remains the same: "Not my job/Not my fault!"

The spin will continue to evolve and the Kool-Aid will continue to be drank by the blind sheep who back the reelection of this inept and corrupt administration. The truth may someday surface regarding Libya, Fast and Furious and a host of other things, but my money's on that day not happening until at least Nov. 7, 2012.

P.S. Whatever happened to the last $800-plus billion of stimulus money?

Jeff Green


Romney flip flops

To the Editor,

Mitt Romney: A flip-flip flim-flam and phony, phooey!

Jim Smith


Democrats driving us toward abyss

To the Editor,

On May 24, 2012, USA Today ran a front page story entitled "Red ink 4 times official U.S. tally."

The article explained that our Congress, rather than using the standard accounting rules it requires of all companies and state and local governments, exempts itself from including the cost of promised retirement benefits. By doing so, it hugely underestimates the real U.S. government deficit.

The article explains that, "The typical American household would have paid nearly all of its income in taxes last year to balance the budget if the government used standard accounting rules to compute the deficit, a USA Today analysis finds."

The article points out that the Federal deficit for 2011 was $1.3 trillion. But, using standard accounting rules, the deficit was really $5 trillion. "Liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and other retirement programs rose by $3.7 trillion in 2011, according to government actuaries, but the amount was not registered on the government's books."

"Federal debt and retiree commitments equal $561,254 per household. By contrast, an average household owes a combined $116,057 for mortgages, car loans and other debts" the article reports.

Five years ago Blue Dog Democrats, a fiscally responsible group of House Democrats, all displayed placards outside their Washington, D.C. offices which read "Today your family's share of the Federal debt is $128.000+." They were obviously concerned enough to try to warn the American people.

There are no more Blue Dog Democrats, as the increasingly fiscally irresponsible Democratic Party has purged them. Today within the Democratic Party, there are no discernible voices warning of the fiscal abyss they are driving us toward.

America has to stop them before we go over the edge!

George Kellerman