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I Am Not A Criminal

January 12, 2013

   I am not a criminal, and so I am asking President Obama, Vice President Biden and every state legislator who are now rushing to pass legislation to further restrict gun ownership, to please not make me a criminal.

  There has been a constant battle cry from the anti-gun lobbies since the Sandy Hook shooting, for there to be action taken by law makers to pass laws and restrictions in an attempt to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

  Unfortunately, in my opinion, there is no law, no restriction, that can stop a person from killing another person if they truly want to do so. Let us remember that Abel was murdered with a rock.

  What I find most troubling is the rush to act, to do something, anything, no matter if it is the right thing, or if it will actually do what it is proposed to do.

  The fact is, nothing that I have heard proposed would actually stop even one person from killing another, in my opinion, because all of the laws will do nothing except punish someone after the fact.

 We know that most, if not all, of the recent shooters have broken existing gun laws, yet some believe that if we only pass more laws we can stop future shooters.

  Some think that if we reduce the size of a gun’s magazine capacity, then we will reduce the number of people killed in these types of events. Maybe, but are we saying that to kill only ten people as opposed to thirty is morally acceptable? And even so, if a person goes out and buys an illegal magazine, they are unlikely to be arrested until they use it in some other illegal act. So this means that if they buy it illegally, then they shoot up a school, the people are just as dead, even if the shooter is later charged with owning an illegal magazine. The same goes for banning certain types of guns.

 Now let us talk about another favorite of those who would restrict gun ownership, background checks.

  Some believe that if only every person who buys a gun would go through a background check, then there would be fewer gun crimes. Sorry but I don’t see this either.

  If I buy a gun from a friend or a relative for home protection and never use it, then why should I be a criminal for having bought it? If on the other hand a person buys a gun on the street and then kills ten people with their legal sized magazine, how does charging them after the fact for not having gone through a background check solve anything, or help those murdered?

  This would also do nothing to stop the cases where a person buys a gun and completely follows the letter of the law, is sane, has no criminal background, yet at some point after buying the gun has some mental breakdown and use the legally purchased gun with its legal sized magazine to kill ten people.

  Now let us look to legislation that is being proposed by a Delaware state senator, Sen. Robert Marshall of Wilmington(D). Sen. Marshall has of course jumped onto the Democrat bandwagon of banning so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but he has gone even further in suggesting that along with any state restriction upon gun owners, that local town and counties within the state be given the authority to also impose even more gun owner restriction such as requiring local licensing laws.

  This could mean that every town in the state could require a gun owner to apply for and of course pay for a separate license, or to totally ban guns from within their limits.

  This is completely absurd. The logistical nightmare alone should be prohibitive of such a law. Under the proposal, the state would be in charge of setting the punishment for breaking these laws and in many cases for enforcing them, since many of these towns do not have their own law enforcement.

 But let us look at this from the view-point of a gun owner. I would have to be aware of possibly thirty to forty different gun laws just to travel through the small state of Delaware, how many laws might I break just going from one side of Sussex County to the other? Not to mention people traveling through the state from other states.

 Even if it was limited to just allowing the three counties to set their own restrictions, is this a good idea? Again I think not. I am a citizen of the state of Delaware, why should I be required to have a law degree just to be able to travel legally through my state with a weapon that I obtained legally and which I have a state permit to carry concealed.

 There is of course much here to be supposed upon. Would this be a case of the stricter law taking precedent, so that if the state law is stricter then that is the law, or if the town law is stricter then that is the law.

  Now before some of my fellow conservatives begin to see this as a way to gain more local control, think this out my friends.

  I feel that of course it will be a case of the stricter laws taking precedent. So what that means is, if one town wants to pass a total ban on guns they will be allowed to do so, however if another town wished to allow gun owners to own high-capacity magazines and assault weapons they would not be allowed to because the state would have already banned them.

 This clearly brings up a question of equal protection under the law. Is it equal protection under the law if one community has the power and authority to make and pass laws that reflect their views and wishes on gun issues, yet another community ten miles down the road is not afforded the same powers and authority?

 Clearly Sen. Marshall is anti-gun, and I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he is in his own mind, acting in the best interest of the citizens of his district. However, I feel that if such legislation as he and others are proposing were to be passed, they would actually be putting the very people they profess to want to protect at the greatest risk. That is the law-abiding citizens, and they would be making criminals of those who would still seek to protect themselves, even at the risk of being made a criminal.

 The final word as always on this topic is that criminals will always be criminals, we do not create fewer criminals when we rush to pass new and expanding laws, we create new criminal, and usually they are what in any other case would be considered law-abiding citizens.

  I would ask the Delaware legislators to slow down, do not take the lead of Washington, please think about what it is you are doing and whether or not it is actually going to change anything, or are you simply acting so that you can say you acted this time, so that the next time, you have cover?

 Don’t make a criminal out of me and my fellow citizens who simply want to protect our families and home. I am not a criminal, so don’t make me one.

 

Does This Help Anyone?

December 29, 2012

    I am going to go out on a very thin emotional limb here. I know that this may not be a popular opinion, but I have to put this question out there anyway.

   It is being reported that, quote, “the first legal action”, has been filed in relation to the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

    A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor, identified as “Jill Doe”, claiming that the child heard, “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the gunman opened fire, according to New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

  The claim states, “As a consequence, the … child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,”

  The claim was filed on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., who will decide whether the claim can be filed as a lawsuit against the state.

   Pinsky’s claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”

   The claim also charges that the state agencies failed to provide a,  “safe school setting” or design “an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.”

  So my question is, does this type of action help anyone? Will the $100 million dollars help anyone? Even the child? The reports state that the child’s parents approached Mr. Pinsky, I seriously wonder about that, but even so, will a monetary award help their child more than loving care at home. Maybe the parents should be focussed more on their child and a little less on money. (I told you this would not be popular.)

  Have we actually come to the point where we believe that government can and should be able to protect us from every foreseen and unforseen danger? And when government fails to foresee some unforeseeable danger, should our first response be to sue?

  I have read that the Sandy Hook Elementary School was seen as being state of the art when it comes to security measures, so what is it this lawyer and the parents expected the state to do more of? Would they, before this tragedy, have approved of armed guards patrolling the halls? One has to think that not knowing then, that this gunmen would show up and do this terrible thing, that most parents would have seen the suggestion of armed guards to be outrageous. Yet now in hindsight, they believe that enough was not done.

  I understand that these parents who lost children have every right to overreact, I understand that the parents of the surviving children are overwhelmed with fear that their child might have been one of the children who were taken at such a young age.

  What I don’t understand is how one believes that suing the government will solve the nightmares that their child will deal with.

  I have stated that I am against the knee jerk reaction of the anti-gun lobby who would take away every gun, if they could, in an attempt to stop this from happening again. I have stated that I feel that to take guns away from law-abiding citizens in response to one person’s evil act, fails to see the personal responsibility of the person who performed the act. Even if he were mentally ill, he, not the gun and certainly not any other gun owner, was responsible for the shootings.

  I would say that to sue the government in some misplaced attempt to ease their fear and pain, also fails to deal with the personal responsibility of the parents to deal with their own fears and pain and that of their children. In suing the government they are attempting to deflect their inner fear that they may have failed as a parent to protect their child. Let me say that I do not believe that the parents, anymore than the government, could have done anything to stop this mad man. But as a parent, we feel that we should have done more.

  This type of law suit may be a parent’s misguided attempt to offset a misplaced guilt. No matter, this type of law suit will surely divide, not unite the community of Newtown at a time when they need each other the most.

  I would suggest that instead of turning to lawyers, that the people of Newtown turn towards each other for support.

Tragedy Or Opportunity

December 17, 2012

   One has to wonder how some of our political leaders see the recent events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Conn..

  Do they truly see it for the tragedy that it is, or do they merely see it as an opportunity to again push for gun legislation?

  I was listening to news reports the day of the shootings and the clamor for gun legislation began immediately from both the media and Washington, including the President himself, who pushed for it in his news conference, even as investigators were trying to piece the crime scene together to discover what may have taken place and why.

  I am not insensitive to those who were murdered, I am not blind to the added emotions that are brought into play when so many of the victims are children. I understand the emotional knee jerk reaction to attempt to find a way to stop this from happening again. But can we?

 I am not sure that anything we do as a nation or as a society, or as the human race can stop this type of evil from finding a way to do evil things.

  What I am sure of, is that gun laws will never stop evil, this type of insanity is beyond the law.

  If this disturbed young man had instead decided to take a car and drive through a playground and had murdered the same number of children, would we be talking about stricter car laws? If he had use some sort of household cleaners to create a chemical bomb to murder these children, would we be talking about banning bleach and ammonia?

  What I think is, far too many of our political leaders will take advantage of this terrible evil to move a political agenda, to use this to push gun control legislation that they have wanted for some time. This in my opinion is low, even as families are reeling from the realization that their child will never hug them again, that they will never know what great things their child may have done, as these families of both adult and child victims of this monster try to come to some understanding of why this has happened, should we be using their suffering to make political points? I say no.

  We all knew that we would be having this conversation, we have it every time one of these shootings take place, but what bothers me most is that the media and those who would use this event for their political gain, seem insensitive to the feelings of the survivors.

  Have we become so jaded by these types of events that we no longer can allow the wounds to heal even a little before we begin to use the event for gain?

 Notice that I have not mentioned any political party, or political ideology, this is not about political affiliation, it is about human decency, I wish only that we as a people could wait to allow the heat of the moment to cool somewhat before we attempt to address the issue. However our political leaders will see this as weakness, they feel that they must get out in front of the issue to beat the drum for their agenda, no matter how this may add to the pain that the survivors of this tragedy are dealing with.

  I imagine in the coming days and weeks that we will be submitted to visions of small caskets with voice overs of newscasters talking about the unspeakable tragedy and the need to reform the gun laws that allowed this to happen. To trade on such a moment is in my opinion lower than low.

  I would suggest that as we lay our heads down at night, that we offer a prayer for the souls of the victims and for their families and for the entire community of  New Town, Conn.. May God watch over them and may God bless us all and keep us from evil such as this.

Looking Back

November 18, 2012

  Last Monday we were encouraged by the Sussex County GOP to show up and “VENT” about the recent elections.

   I wrote about my concern that the GOP would focus only on the negative, which I felt the term vent inferred.

  I would like to say that for the most part the meeting of the Sussex County GOP was friendly and positive.

   I do believe that it is important to look back at all of the races, both the wins and the losses in an effort to learn from our mistakes and our triumphs.

  This will be just the first, in a possible series, of post taking a hard look at individual races. I am hoping to get the opinions of those who were involved in the races, as well as those of the people watching from the outside. I hope that we can have an honest discussion of what went wrong and what went right.

  We had a lot of high-profile races, from the race for the presidency, to the local race for the Delaware 19th senatorial district, which was won by a come from behind Brian Pettyjohn, we had the blood, sweat and tears of the hard-fought Ernie Lopez win over the heavily endorsed Democrat Staten.

  Of course we had the uphill battles for the state-wide offices, where we came up short with Jeff Cragg for governor, Kevin Wade for U.S. Senate and Tom Kovach for U.S. Congress. Tough losses in races that were long shots at best.

  So with so many possible races to look at,  it was a difficult choice for my first post on this topic. I wrote so much about the Pettyjohn race as it was happening I felt that I would wait to recap that one for later. That being said I thought I would focus on a Sussex race first, for as they say, “all politics are local”.

   So for my inaugural post on this topic I have chosen the most local of local races, the race for the third councilmatic district between incumbent Joan Deaver(D) and her challenger Don Ayotte (R).

  Of course being the incumbent there wasn’t much for Mrs. Deaver to do other than to run on her record. The life of an incumbent is made and failed on their record, it is the challenger that must set the tone for the race and it is the challenger that must prove the unproven, that they can do the job better than the person who is currently doing the job.

  For those who are not aware, Mr. Ayotte was unsuccessful in his challenge for the seat on the council. What we are looking at here, is why. I will offer my own insight, but I am really looking for the thoughts of others.

  I think Mr. Ayotte got off  on a bad foot in the primary against Brent Wangen when he chose to accuse Mr. Wangen of plagiarizing his campaign, Mr. Ayotte also chose to accuse Mr. Wangen of accepting donations from developers in an attempt to say that Mr. Wangen could be bought, even though Mr. Ayotte himself had received the maximum amount from a developer as well, one who had also donated to Mr. Wangen.

  In the general election against Mrs. Deaver, Mr. Ayotte seemed uninspired. He chose to pick only the low hanging fruit of issues. His total focus on how he would create jobs in Sussex was only what was expected and nothing new.

  For someone who had accused another candidate of plagiarizing a campaign, Mr. Ayotte seemed to borrow liberally from the stock issues. He showed no depth of knowledge, even on these tried and true bumper sticker issues and was often at a loss for answers during interviews. It would seem to anyone paying attention that Mr. Ayotte had not done much homework before deciding to run for this office. Like many candidates he seems to have not thought about what he would do, if he were actually elected.

  On style points Mr. Ayotte is not a comfortable public speaker, often stumbling over his answers, when he actually had one. He has a tendency towards anger when cornered and comes across as being unwilling to compromise in any way contrary to his own preconceived ideas.

  However, beyond the optics and the delivery, I feel that the problem that the Republican candidate had in this race was a shallowness on the issues. There seemed to be nothing beyond the bumper sticker rhetoric, no new ideas, nothing to convince the voters that he had what it would take to actually do what he was promising. If we are to win races then we must find candidates that first of all fit the districts they are running for, but also we must have candidates that can articulate solutions, not just point out the problems.

  The Republican party has moved beyond the point where we can simply attempt to out cliché the Democrats, we must offer real solutions to real problems.

Veterans Day

November 11, 2012

 Though Venterans Day has been overshadowed by Memorial Day and is not celebrated to the same extent, I would encourage all citizens to take a moment today to stop and quietly reflect on the sacrifices of those members of our great nation who sacrificed time with their families, and sometimes their very lives to protect us and keep our nation safe and free.

 If it is your way then offer a prayer for the fallen and those left behind, and also a prayer for those still in harm’s way and the ones at home waiting for them.

  If it is not your way then simply reflect on the debt owed to those who have put on a uniform and stood a watch.

  May God bless and keep all of our brave veterans who are still with us and cradle those who have passed on.

  God Bless the United States of America !

No Gaffe, But Lots Of Laughs

October 11, 2012

  Just watched the V.P. debate. I have to admit I was so looking forward to some classic Joe Biden gaffes, but there were none.

  What there was however was a lot of joe Biden smirks, mugging, laughing, head shaking and humphing. He made Al Gore look good.

   If I had to pick a so-called winner I would be hard pressed to say that one was any better than the other. They were both about what we would have expected.

  Paul Ryan was knowledgeable and had the facts, leaving V.P. Biden to deny, deny, deny and of course laugh off the accusations.

  The liberals on cable tv were in heaven trying to make it seem as if Mr. Biden had somehow rolled back the perception that Pres. Obama had lost the previous debate. Not sure that is the case.

  All in all I was disappointed in the debate, there were no good zingers, other than when mr. Ryan turned to Mr. Biden and said, “I am sure you can understand that sometimes thing just come out of your mouth the wrong way”.

  The real story from this debate may be yet to come, that is the ongoing story of the murder of our ambassador to Libya and the Obama administrations apparent cover-up of what led up to the sacking of the embassy and the murder of American citizens.

   V.P. Biden seemed to throw the intelligence community under the bus on this by saying the administration didn’t have the information that something was coming.

   So I missed what seems to have been a good game between the Steelers and the Titans for what was a so, so debate.

Guest Post By Rose Izzo On Obama Care

April 10, 2012

 The following is an op-ed piece from  Rose Izzo (R), U.S. Congressional candidate on her opposition of Pres. Obama’s health care bill and what she would do about it if elected.

 

Reasons why I would repeal ObamaCare

March 30, 2012 by Rose Izzo

  As a congressional candidate, I am opposed to ObamaCare. I believe Obama is destroying this country with these new mandated regulations that he is imposing on each citizens’ individual rights.  As a Congresswoman, I would vote to reverse this abomination of a bill. Healthcare should be left to the people of the United States and their doctors to deal with, like it has been for many years. Washington thinks that the health care issue should be solved by politicians and lawyers. However, I think not…Whenever my baby got sick, I never went to a politician or a lawyer, I took my child to a doctor. I believe that the health care issue can be resolved by the patients and their doctors through the free-market. Our government should not stick its nose where it does not belong. This government needs to stay out of our business because it is unconstitutional and steps on the 10th Amendment. We the People are being stripped of our liberties, forcing Americans to buy a product like health care whether they want it or not, and telling us if we don’t, we will have to pay a penalty. This is a violation of the interstate commerce act. Not to mention, but I will, it’s one step toward a government dictatorship. Let’s think about this for a minute. Could you imagine if the government gets away with forcing us to buy health care. That would open the door for government to force you to purchase other things. Obama is ruining American with his Socialistic ways. We need to repeal this 2500 page document before it is too late.

Secondly, as a Catholic, I am disgusted that Obama is mandating that the Catholic church must provide abortion coverage on insurance policies for employees that work for the church. This is wrong. Even the Muslim faithful and other faiths are upset about this too. It is wrong for Obama, or any other President, to be meddling in others’ faiths and Religions. And that’s got to be changed and when I go to Washington, I will change that.  I am not going to have Obama dictating to people of different religious faiths what they are supposed to do or not do. That is their decision that they make on their religious faith. Obama needs to stop telling us what to do, he is destroying and dividing this country and this needs to stop. When I go to Washington, I will vote to reverse all of his horrible policies.

Lastly, Obamacare is a mandate that is infringing on every citizens’ rights. Its main focus is to impose new regulations on the health insurance industry. It is unconstitutional for a government to force individuals to buy health insurance, or anything for that matter. This law will also make it difficult for doctors to care for their patients, forcefully giving them guidelines on how they will have to practice medicine and treat their patients for the future. Over time, these measures that the government is putting in place will ration medical services, limiting the tests that doctors can perform on patients and also limiting patients’ medications. Unfortunately, Obamacare and its effects will leave many sick individuals with diseases left to die. Sounds harsh, well it is… These newly-created bureaucracies are called Death Panels. These Advisory boards will be empowered by the government. These death panels then get to decide if certain procedures and treatments cost too much to treat sick individuals. If it is costly, then the government gets to decide who lives and who dies. If you are on Medicare and you depend on the government for your health benefits, and you are sick, again the government will decide if you will continue to be treated or not. This could be the end of the way we practice medicine as we know it. Under the Obamacare health plan, everyone loses their liberties. When I go to Washington I will vote to repeal this law.

Sen. Tom Carper Doesn’t Get Debt

April 2, 2012

  Delaware’s U. S. Senator Tom Carper (D-De) was on the Bill Collie Show on Friday March 3o th and I had the chance to call in a ask him a question.

  I had heard news reports of legislation that Se. Carper was supporting and possibly sponsoring that would retrofit older diesel engines with emissions devices to reduce pollutants.

  My question to the Senator was how in these current economic times could he support such legislation, considering that each retro fit would cost around ten thousand dollars. My concern was that this would affect small business the most, since small operators are forced to hold onto their vehicles longer than larger operations.

 Well Sen. Carper certainly set me straight. He made it clear that this would not be a mandated policy, and that the federal government would most likely subsidize the cost of retro fitting, he was also hopeful that states would also kick in subsidies, lowering the cost to the individuals that “Chose to take advantage of this program.

  First let me state my usual concern for voluntary programs, they are often precursors to mandated programs. If the number of volunteers for the program is not up to th level that the government had hoped for, it is often thought the next logical step is to mandate for the good of the all.

 Of course the subsidies would still be available, and that leads me to the real point here. Sen. Carper obviously doesn’t get that we as a nation are in severe debt. He is still willing to spend even more of “TAX PAYER DOLLARS” to fund his pet environmental policies. Can we really afford to pay for such things at this time? Should we not be focussed on cutting spending, instead of this same old green spending.

  Of course the Senator and others will tell us of the jobs that can be created through this program. But how many really? And for how long?

 We can expect that the parts are most likely manufactured outside the U.S., so it will be install jobs and these cannot last, since newer truck are already mandated to have the higher emissions standards.

 This is just more of what we have received from Senator Carper over the many, many years of his being in office. He has no understanding of the current state that states and the nation are in. He is insulated for the cost of daily life and spends tax dollars as if they are his own.

 Also consider that higher emission standards lead to lower fuel mileage and the cost of $4 plus diesel fuel and we can expect higher prices for products and services that rely on trucks.

  It is time to remove the princes from their ivory towers!

The Volt Has No Juice

March 4, 2012

  I have written here many times that Delaware is little more than a scaled down version of the national agenda of the liberal Democrat party, and Gov. Markell is merely a puppet for the Obama administration. Not really surprising since Vice Pres. Biden runs the Democrat party here in the state.

  Well it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about the fact that Fisker Motors,the creator of a hybrid electric car, would be laying off about a quarter of their Delaware employees due to faltering sales, this even as gasoline prices continue to rise. Fisker was touted by the Markell administration as being the center piece of economic recovery here in the state of Delaware. It was seen, by Delaware liberals, as  the jewel in the crown of greeny technology ment to replace traditional energy sources.

  Like the Obama administration, Gov. Markell here in Delaware has been attempting to force this green technology onto the people and the market by subsidizing such technology in an attempt to make the new untried and unproven green technology seem competitive. It hasn’t worked here in Delaware any better than it has worked on the national level.

  Just as we have seen here in Delaware with Fisker and Blue Water Wind, we have seen on the national level these green subsidized companies going under, or struggling at best, Solyndra is the most notable of the federally funded companies that have failed.

  That was until it was announced that GM will again suspend production of the Chevy Volt, another plug-in hybrid electric car meant to replace our need for reliable transportation with a product that can travel around forty miles between charges.

  When you factor in the $41,000.00 sticker price, or even the price of $33,00.00 after government subsidies meant to encourage sales, it is no wonder that no one is buying this product. There is also the fact that the Volt has been under the micro-scope of a federal investigation to see if there is a risk of the car’s batteries catching fire. Of course the government found that there is no more risk of fire than in a normal gasoline run car, not surprising since the federal government has a vested interest in GM. Can you say “conflict of interest”?

  This latest suspension of production on the Volt is the third since the car went on sale, due to the fact that dealers already have more on their lots than they can sell. This suspension will mean that 1,300 workers will be out of work at the Detroit plant were the Volt is assembled.

   The Obama administration can’t even blame lagging sales on the economy since U.S. auto sale have been surging.

  It is time that the liberals and the Democrats face the fact that no amount of government subsidies can replace the tried and true facts of supply and demand. The people of the United States don’t want this technology which is not a car that is convenient for everyday use.

  It is time that the voters in Delaware and the nation send a clear message this November, that we want lower gasoline prices, so we want increased domestic oil production along with the lifting of other regulations and mandates that have added to the cost of gas at the pumps. That we want the government to get out of the business of picking winners and losers in the market by trying to manipulate through artificial pressures who is and isn’t competitive and to stop propping up with stolen tax dollars those companies that the government seeks to promote.

  This means no state dollars for Fisker Motors Gov. Markell, and no federal dollars for GM Pres. Obama .

What Is The Economy

February 4, 2012

  It seems that every time we hear a report of how bad the economy is, we hear about the ups and downs of the stock market. We hear about the level of unemployment. We hear about the cost of oil, the cost of this or that.

  But these things are not the economy, they are merely forces upon the economy.

  So what is the economy exactly? 

   We are the economy. I am the economy when I buy a car, or a soda. You are the economy when you go out for dinner or when you add a room to your home. When a man hires another to cut his grass.

  So when we hear that the economy is failing, what we are really hearing is that we are failing. What causes us to fail? Lack of confidence? Fear? Uncertainty?

 When we hear the news telling us that the economy is failing, human nature is to save, to contract our assets. By doing this we perpetuate the failure. If we save and do not buy the new car, then the salesman doesn’t earn his commission. If we don’t buy even the soda, then possibly a delivery driver will be laid off. If we stay at home and do not go out to dinner, then a waitress will earn fewer tips and the owner of the restaurant will see fewer profits. If the man chooses to cut his own grass, then another will have less to spend on something else. Call it supply side economics or trickle down, it doesn’t matter, but these are the facts.

  A capitalist economy rises and falls on confidence. If the people who make up the economy are confident that they will be able to earn more, then they will spend that which they already have. If however they feel in anyway that their abiltiy to earn will be negatively affected, then they will contract their personal economy. This is true of the average middle class family, right up to the largest corporation.  This contracting will continue until complete failure or until something changes to restore confidence.

  The Unites States is currently in a time of extreme uncertainty. Due to the policies and agendas of the current administration people and corporations have no confidence in the future. From the energy policies that seem bent on raising the cost of traditional and reliable energy sources to the point of making them un-affordable, to the intrusion into the most personal decisions of our private lives by the institution of socialized health care, have left the citizens frightened of their government. We no longer trust that our leaders have our best interest in mind when they legislate.

  It is monumentally important that we bring this uncertainty to an end. How can we achieve this? By electing people who understand that to grow the economy, meaning the ability of you and I to purchase items and services, that the government need not put into place more regulations and higher taxes on one segment of our society, but that government must actually remove the road blocks that have been placed in the way of a free market and that if the tough choices of raising taxes must be made, then they must be raised in a manner that is fair and equitable to all levels of our financial society.

 The days of playing class warfare must end. It is not the fault of the so called rich that the economy is failing, and it is certainly not the fault of the lower income families and people. I feel that it is a direct result of the political elite who seek to remain in power through fear. They, through their counterparts in the media, continuously create the latest crisis. Be it the stock market. The housing market. The banking crisis, or the energy crisis.

 It is this constant fear mongering that leads the average citizen to contract and to sandbag against the coming flood that they are told is inevitable. It is no surprise that we saw such a huge amount of economic growth under President Reagan, because his was a positive message. Of course he also told us the hard truths, that we were in desperate time thanks to Pres. Carter, but he also gave us the message that we were still the United States of America, and that when we pulled together there was nothing that this nation couldn’t overcome.

 That is the type of leadership that we are lacking today. Oh we have the leader that will tell us about all of the doom and gloom, and we have them on both sides, but we need the leader who will tell us that we can overcome these hard times, not by punishing those among us who have succeeded, but by holding them up as examples.

 The citizens who make up this nation and its economy must realize that it is in their best interest to choose leaders who tell them the truth, even when the truth hurts. And we need leaders who work to unite us as American citizens, not to divide us as the haves and have nots.

 So when you here the media and the elected leaders telling you that the economy is failing, realize they are saying that you are failing, I know that the vast majority of American citizens will never sit still for being called failures.

 Pres. George W. Bush took a lot of heat after 9/11 for saying that to defeat the terrorist that the American people should get out and get on with their lives, by going out to dinner and shopping to ensure that the attack did not have a negative effect on our economy. He was right then, and that advice is exactly the advice that we should follow now. I know that we are all suffering the effect of the current financial state of affairs, but we all must do what we can for the good of the nation. I know my wife tries!