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President Obama has injected government into the private sector, costing the American taxpayers unimaginable debt.

Considering his intervention, I believe our government should partner with the steel mills that have been shut down around the country, turning them into recycling plants. Take that unspent stimulus money and unused TARP money and revamp the mills.

There are billions of tons of scrap metal lying around the country that can be recycled and sold, instead of sending out our scrap metal to places such as China and getting back junk metal. We could be exporting superior products. The profits from a 50-50 partnership could go to numerous projects, all the while cleaning up the junk around the country.

I also believe the government should build at least six new oil refineries -- two on the East Coast, two on the West Coast and two on the Gulf Coast.

If oil companies get permits from our government to drill on government land, which we own, then why aren't we benefiting from the profits? Don't we also own the oil? If the government is acting on our behalf, it makes sense that we should partner with the oil companies on a 50-50 basis. They can run the operations, but now they should pay us back for drilling our oil.

The profits would pay down the national debt and various infrastructure projects when the debt is satisfied. Strict laws would be implemented to use the money wisely. There would have to be a vote by the people on any major changes to keep greedy politicians from abusing it. We also could be charged a buck a gallon at the pump.

Think about the jobs the above would create, as well as the relief to the taxpaying public.

Gregory J. Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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sconservative
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sconservative 03/09/11 - 06:18 am
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The free market should

The free market should determine where investments should be made - not the government! The bureaucrats are not experts. They blame everyone else for their failures, but taxpayers have to pay. The Fair Tax will help us use resources more wisely since used stuff will not be taxed. It will also give us an advantage - rather than the current disadvantage - in the global economy.

sconservative
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sconservative 03/09/11 - 06:32 am
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Between federal and state and

Between federal and state and local gas taxes, we are already paying a buck a gallon at the pump. These taxes should pay for the roads and bridges and "various infrastructure projects", but these funds have been mismanaged. Obama and Chu are against anything carbon (oil, natural gas, coal). We all need 300ft tall windmills and solar generators in our yards instead! That is dumb!

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constituent 03/09/11 - 07:59 am
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President Obama support and

President Obama support and stand firm of passing a responsible budget one that cuts spending with out slowing our economic growth or costing hundreds of thousands of American jobs.House Speaaker and Republicans projected budget on the table now will slash thousands of jobs and shut down the federal government.We can't continue to let the Republicans hold the needs of the American people hostage to their increasingly extreme right wing wish list.

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seenitB4 03/09/11 - 10:22 am
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I agree Mr.Topliff...there

I agree Mr.Topliff...there are many things we can do.....using the steel & textile mills again is a great idea. Many regulations in neighborhood assoc. should change....we can save $$ by using clotheslines sometimes & growing gardens in our yard. Windmill regulations could change also....sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot with the tight restrictions.

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dichotomy 03/09/11 - 10:56 am
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constituent......The proposed

constituent......The proposed Republican budget will not shut down the federal government and slash jobs. In fact, there are lots of economists that say it would spur businesses to start hiring and investing if we actually showed we are willing to drastically cut government spending. The only thing that might shut down the federal government is the Democrats holding up the budget because they want to keep funding all of the duplicated funtions and giveaway programs. Obama's offer of responsible cuts amounts to just about 1 day's worth of federal spending. We need about a 40% reduction in spending and it should come from social welfare programs, useless education programs, and duplicated government agency programs. The federal government needs to focus on it's primary responsibilities of maintaining defense, securing the borders, and building roads and other national infrastructure projects. It needs to get out of the social welfare business because it does a lousy, wasteful job of it and usually just encourages more people to become dependent on taxpayer dollars. We have become a welfare country and the recipients love it, but the people who are paying the bills are tired of it. Government shutdown??? That doesn't scare me too much anymore. Might be the best thing that could happen.

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ammaled 03/09/11 - 11:15 am
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Hey steel mills closed

Hey steel mills closed because it was cheaper to manufacture elsewhere when you use the enslaved workers of other countries who have little or no regulations regarding the environment or workers.
I remember when the last shipbuilder in LA shutdown.
These manufacturers can all come back if you are willing to do away with minimum wage and regulations that preserve our air and water. As that Raging Cajun said their message is over there they get .18 cent/hr. How is the American worker gonna top that.
Seriously I thought most people knew that Corporate Welfare topped Social Welfare times three. As for Social Security, you tell Granny it's time to stock up on cat food like in the Reagan era and move her into your rumpus room while your at it. Oh and take on her medical expenses bill payer man. Incontinence pants don't come cheap.
The rapidly disappearing middle class bears the tax burden. It also likes to know there is a safety net because it is better to have one and not need it than to have nothing to fall back on. This is lived out everyday by those formerly middler class people living in motels with their families after foreclosure and unemployment runs out.
I agree we can profit from recycling everything though.

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Chillen 03/09/11 - 12:00 pm
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Shrink our federal govt by

Shrink our federal govt by 50%. Starting today.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/09/11 - 01:03 pm
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One of the best quotes I've

One of the best quotes I've seen in a while.

"Sooner or later we have to learn to live within our means. Sooner or later, a preference for sound money will appear because inflation will have destroyed our currency. And sooner or later, the idea that you can live at the expense of your neighbor (through progressive taxation) will lead to a collapse. My preference would be to learn these lessons sooner, so the pain of this transition can be minimized."

~Porter Stansberry, The Daily Crux~

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Pu239 03/09/11 - 07:49 pm
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Sounds like it's time for
Unpublished

Sounds like it's time for John Holdren to present his textbook "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment" to the powers that be.

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ednacushman 03/09/11 - 08:31 pm
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ammaled, ‘Hey steel mills

ammaled, ‘Hey steel mills closed because it was cheaper to manufacture elsewhere when you use the enslaved workers of other countries who have little or no regulations regarding the environment or workers.’
Wrong again, the steel mills went to Japan where they use new technology. The union blocked the new technology even though it would have save the companies big bucks because it would cut some jobs. As usual the unions cost everyone their job. Companies are not like the federal government they have to make a profit to stay in business. Something most liberals fail to understand.

Gregory J. Topliff
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Gregory J. Topliff 03/10/11 - 11:24 am
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Considering some of the

Considering some of the responses to my letter, it is apparent to me that nobody has any clear suggestions on how to get the needed money to relieve our debt. The idea I had was to increase prosperty all the way around without cutting everyones throats in the process. Greg Topliff

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