Government fiddles while nation burns

At least 19 states have passed legislation reaffirming their sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. They refuse to be bound by federal laws that have an adverse effect on them. Some states, including surprisingly the state of Vermont, are discussing secession.

The state of the union is not good. Our national debt is now $12,245,872,000,000 and climbing! That's $45,000 for every man, woman and child in the country! The Democrats have approved borrowing another $1.9 trillion, so more frivolous spending is forthcoming.

This administration and this Congress have expended more time and effort in castigating those who disagree with them; being "fair" to terrorists; knee-jerk apologies for supposed American wrongs; and a complete year conspiring behind closed doors while contriving a plan to take over the health-care industry.

Many businesses have gone to more favorable climates, escaping from an environment of excessive taxation and regulation, union demands and extreme environmental nonsense. Those working in industries that actually produce a marketable product comprise only 14 percent of our total work force, while those working for the government has increased to 17 percent of the total work force -- but they produce nothing!

Those really responsible for the breakdown of this economy and this depression are Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Ct. They have avoided any blame, of course, and are still in office! Others who bear guilt are Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Tim Howard. All are former CEOs or CFOs of Fannie Mae.

The Democrats, the president and the national news media have managed to place blame for everything on President Bush, thus obfuscating their own involvement. And so it goes.

Robert Smock

Hephzibah

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