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September 7, 2012

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A bitter taste to those free lunches

There was a time in this country when there was an idea that there would be many sovereign states and the federal government would only exist to provide for their common defense and settle disputes among them.

That idea has since evolved considerably.

Now, almost two-thirds of the federal budget is transfer payments. The people of the many states send their taxes to Washington and then those states turn around and attempt to get as much of that money back as possible in the form of various federal programs.

However, when the money comes back to the states there are strings attached.

One of the those programs is school lunches. I don’t think it is a matter of Vigo County or the state of Indiana being able to feed our own children. Rather, I think we just want to re-collect our share of what we sent to Washington.

You may not agree with this. We can go through the history of reasoning and events to come up with another conclusion as to how we have evolved to our current circumstances.

There is one thing, however, that is unarguable. The federal government will tell us what we can and cannot feed our children in Vigo County.

That is, if we want to continue to receive our federal money. As for me, those free federal lunches taste rather bitter.

— Steve Berrier

Terre Haute

Why is Clinton so revered?

As the Democrat National Convention ends, here are some indisputable truths:

The current recession is the end result of subprime housing policies started by Bill Clinton who wanted to increase home ownership, in his words, “… beyond anything we have ever seen.”

The Clinton economic years were aided by a decline in personal savings rate from 7.3 percent in 1992 to 2.9 percent in 2000 which added $1.3 trillion to the economy. It also was aided by commercialization of the Internet (so-called “dot-com bubble”).

The good Clinton economy was NOT the result of anything Clinton did, except perhaps, increasing the sale of subprime homes, and was certainly not the result of tax increases.

The peak month of the Clinton years were March 2000, months before George W. Bush was elected president. The Clinton budget surplus declined steadily from $205 billion in the first quarter of 2000 to $114 billion in the second quarter of 2001, leaving George Bush with the 2001 recession.

Clinton officials trivialized the terrorist attack in the basement of the World Trade Center and ignored clues that a terrorist attack by air might occur, leaving Bush with the 911 fiasco.

Bill Clinton lied repeatedly about his involvement with Monica Lewinski and later said the involvement was started, “… because I could.” (Quite a degrading comment from a leader of the “women’s party.”)

One last indisputable truth: Bill Clinton was given a hero’s welcome at the Democrat convention. Can anyone tell me why?

— Ron Gore


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