Foiled again in search for a strong candidate
While watching the GOP debates, I realized that for the last several presidential elections I haven't voted for any candidate, but against the candidate I felt would not best lead our country. I am not alone in this voting strategy.
The candidates realize this is typical voter behavior since they expend so much effort criticizing the others, rather than saying what is right about themselves.
During one debate, I heard Texas Gov. Rick Perry say that since some question the science behind global warming, we should do nothing to address this problem if it might affect the economy.
That revelation told me either Perry truly doesn't believe all the facts that thousands of professional scientists who have spent their careers studying are telling us, or he does understand what is happening to our planet but is hoping that we don't.
Either option has compromised his credibility.
The message I took away was that Perry is more interested in continuing to receive campaign contributions from coal and oil companies than he is in the future of our planet and the billions of people on it.
If Perry should end up on the ballot next fall, I guess my vote will be going to who is on the other side of the form.
I keep having this recurring dream about U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor celebrating his legislative victory of no new taxes with his favorite pet, Golden, a registered purebred hedgehog, at Golden's penthouse condo, paid for by Cantor, overlooking a river.
Cantor is dressed in a hand-tailored suit sipping his favorite wine, Le Chateau 325 from a Baccarat wine glass. Golden was equally regal in his Tiffany-inspired diamond and sapphire studded collar, slurping his 325 from his silver bowl.
They are listening over and over to the only song ever recorded by Grover and the Lemmings.
After a couple of bottles of 325 they weave their way to Golden's rooftop garden to better observe the damages caused by Hurricane Irene.
Over the roar of the rushing water they hear the cries for help from the people who have lost their homes, businesses and hope in this disaster, even the plea of governors who desperately want to fix their roads and bridges.
Cantor, after momentarily considering the plight of these devastated souls and devastated states, proclaims "Let them drink Le Boones Farm $3.25."
Golden then jumps into Eric's arms to be stroked gently as they retire to the penthouse for a pot of tea. All in all, they seemed to have a magnificent celebration.
Get money circulating
"The ability of a country to pay taxes must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates."
This quotation from the Federalist Letter No. 12, paragraph 3, shows that the "multiplier effect," explained by economist John Maynard Keynes, was known already by the American founding fathers.
As Keynes showed, if the banks are unable to lend "seed money" to promising entrepreneurs, the government should temporarily step in to restart the money circulating, creating more jobs. The Tea Party movement, opposing any stimulus spending, is voting not only against rapidly developing new jobs, it is voting against the founding fathers.
H.D. Uriel Smith
I was watching Caught on Camera on MSNBC and saw a policewoman get shot and killed by a crazy gunman. I saw her lifeless body on the ground. Another officer was shot.
As I heard him scream in pain, I had tears in my eyes. I thought to myself how much our law enforcement officers do for us. They put their lives on the line for others every day. I feel they are underappreciated and underpaid.
The violence against officers needs to stop. They may have a badge and a gun, but they're still human. They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, etc. We often hear about the bad ones. though there are more good than bad.
They leave their homes every day wondering, "Am I going to make it back to see my family?" Their family wonders the same. I can't imagine what that life would be like. Thanks for all that they do, and to their families for letting them keep us safe.
I am raising my children to respect the law and our officers. To the families who have lost a loved ones in the line of duty: I know it doesn't take the pain away, but they are heroes.
Beshear is proven
Gov. Steve Beshear has led Kentucky through a painful economic period.
He has balanced the state budget on an emergency basis numerous times due to revenue shortfalls, without cutting education or raising taxes.
His commitment to education is impressive and shows he knows the public policy issue that is crucial to Kentucky's future. An educated work force is a fundamental requirement for job growth. Jobs are the antidote for economic recession.
His opponent, Sen. David Williams, blocked expanded gaming at Kentucky's racetracks.
Williams' actions fuel the possibility that Kentucky will lose this treasured asset and the nearly 100,000 jobs in the horse industry.
Expanded gaming would produce $500 million to $700 million yearly for Kentucky without raising taxes, if allowed through the Kentucky Lottery Corp.
The choice is clear; vote to re-elect Beshear for four more years.
Don Blevins Sr.
A tax tip
Why do we need such a complicated tax code?
Like most people, when I go to a restaurant I am perfectly willing to tip up to 20 percent for good service.
Why can't we pay 15 percent on earned income to the federal government and 5 percent to the state government, then require government to make do on the dollars raised by staying within a balanced budget each year?
The argument that such a plan would not produce sufficient revenues is suspect.
In 2010, total U.S. income was $13.3 trillion. Fifteen percent of that figure would approximate $2 trillion, about 33 percent more than the $1.5 trillion Americans paid in federal income taxes last year.
President Barack Obama's speech near that Ohio bridge was scary. He was talking about China and how we can build stuff better than others. What are we — the master race?
The greed we Americans have created and our enslavement of workers for our forks and spoons can only be righted one way. That is, our downfall, and the downfall of those who want to imitate us.
Nothing is going to stop it and in all aspects we deserve the worst chunk of it for our "better than you" mentality as Obama showed on that bridge.
Floyd C. Chipley