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Rants & raves
Rating: 2.38 / 5 (34 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Aug 03 - 01:24

Know your facts

The woman who has a problem with president Obama coming to Florida should know what she's talking about before she shoots off her mouth. My TV has more than one station and if I don't like what's on one station I change stations.

Also, she should ask the people at GM and Chrysler about the president bailing them out and saving their jobs. Also, the taxpayers do not pay for Air Force One when the president is using it to campaign. The money comes from donations for his campaign as it does for all presidents, democrats or republicans. Depends who is in office.

Also, for the illegals, they have been coming to this country for years and years. Also, I don't have to wear a flag on my collar to know I'm an American. As for the tax on the people that make $250,000 a year so what? The rich should pay a little more than someone making $50,000 a year with a family. The rich can well afford it, since Bush cut the taxes and two wars the country almost went into a depression. Or did you not know that?

If you're kicking up such a fuss about Obama raising the tax on the rich then you must be one of the rich and don't want to help pay for the mess Bush left.

In response

In response to the letter 'A lesson about flags,' there are websites that have not only clothes made is America, but also American flags. The price points are not much more than foreign made products.

My New Year's resolution was to try to only buy "made in America" and, so far, I've been pretty successful.

Don't take soda so seriously

Are people seriously complaining because the governor of New York wants to cut out sodas? What they should be complaining about is the amount of people who are overweight and dying of heart attacks. There should be more restrictions on what children eat at school.

Nearly every high school has a soda machine and offer crappy pizza and burgers for lunch. If a student wants a salad, they have to pay double the price. It's a shame that most people can't afford to eat healthy.

In tough times, the only things most can afford are dollar menu items. Instead of making sodas and sweet tea available at discount prices, how about fruit juice and water? Why do we scoff when someone is making healthy choices for us?

Military money

By 2033, the U.S. will be paying $59 billion a year to its veterans injured in the wars.

In 2007, the amount of money labeled "wasted" or "lost" in Iraq - $11 billion - could pay 220,000 teachers' salaries. Defense spending is higher today than at any time since the height of World War II.

The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.

Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.

In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe.

The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare and safety

The U.S. has 5 per cent of the world's population but almost 50 percent of the world's total military expenditure.

Editor's note: The above-mentioned "facts" came from the article "15 facts about military spending that will make your head explode" written by Ujala Sehgal and Robert Johnson for the website Business Insider. It was originally published on Nov. 12, 2010. The site provides overviews of and commentary on news items. For more, go to www.businessinsider.com.

ID issues

When Eric Holder addressed a convention of the NAACP, he denounced state voter ID laws. Mr. Holder was speaking to an audience which had to show a photo ID to hear the address. Convoluted efforts by Mr. Holder and others to attack the states' efforts seem ironical and foolish. Voter fraud is real. We should value and defend the sanctity of our elections.

What's on the menu?

It may be time to order your final meal.

Economists say that what Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke calls a "fiscal cliff" may mean a steep recession. They worry about a serious downturn next year. The big spenders in Washington scoff at the prospect of a double dip recession, but it may be appropriate to prepare to order your last meal.

Want vs. need

One way to get our taxes down is to reduce the redundancy, waste and inefficiencies in our local governments. Every time there is an effort to reform the establishment, there are woeful cries of anguish from constituents who claim they cannot possibly exist without the assistance of this or that government service. There's a huge difference between what we really need and what we would like to have and can afford.

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