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The demise of our country is right around the corner, and there are two ruling parties to blame.

I have watched Democrats and the Republicans locked in a battle of wills, each party thinking its way is the best way to lead our country.

As an independent voter and thinker, I believe both parties have run out of ideas on how to run the country because they refuse to think outside the box.

Our country has grown in size, making the needs of many a burden to support. Greed by a few who have transferred their companies outside the United States has left us borrowing money from places such as China, making us a debtor nation.

People scoffed at my idea of partnering up with the steel industry and oil companies on a 50/50 basis. They blogged about my letters, screaming that they didn’t want government in the private sector even though Obama has put more government in said sector than at any time in history.

I suggested that the government invest our money in re-opening steel mills and turning them into recycling plants that can produce raw steel to sell. This would create millions of jobs, but most importantly would generate money that could, if wisely used, pay our way in supporting our government lifting the burden off the backs of the taxpayers.

As for the oil companies, oil drilled on government land owned by the people is being capitalized on by a few. On private land, royalties are paid to the landowner. If we were partners with oil companies on a 50/50 basis, then why couldn’t we use the money for things such as infrastructure or getting a break at the pump?

There will come a time when cutting taxes or taxing the public won’t be options to keep this country running. Robbing Peter to pay Paul and shuffling money around with smoke and mirrors will end – along with our country.

Gregory J. Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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carcraft
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carcraft 10/20/11 - 03:12 pm
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If it were profitable to

If it were profitable to produce steel in the US like we used to America would. It is like solyndra and how well did that work? How many aliquots of $500 million can America afford?

copperhead
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copperhead 10/20/11 - 08:54 am
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The ONLY answer is for

The ONLY answer is for hussein to declare martial law,seize all private interprise,and rule with an iron fist. It is time for all profit makers to get out of the U.S. and let the fed. government help everybody. Profit is evil and spawned from SATAN. It needs to be outlawed today. Pray to hussein for a quick end to capitalism and the rise of socialism! Turn over all your assets to the governnent today for redistribution in support of king hussein.

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Chillen 10/20/11 - 09:14 am
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Those who blogged about not

Those who blogged about not wanting the government involved in the private sector didn't vote for obama and want him out of office. Post haste.

In fact, it could happen sooner than we all know. Obama himself said this regarding the Fast & Furious situation "People Who Have Screwed Up Will Be Held Accountable" I guess he'll be impeaching himself. Whew.

faithson
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faithson 10/20/11 - 10:17 am
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here in Augusta we already do

here in Augusta we already do just what Mr. Topliff suggests in our Water distribution system. For all the naysayers on government involvement with the private sector, here stands an example of cooperation that works, at least until the capitalist get control and can find a way to privatize the profits for the good of the few in leu of the good of the many.

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desertcat6 10/20/11 - 10:21 am
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Note to Mr T - Rather than

Note to Mr T - Rather than write another letter join the discussion and answer the questions and points I raised regarding your ideas, and the facts I pointed out about oil royalties our government already collects. There were a total of six comments by five "bloggers" to your last letter and no one seemed to support your ideas.

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dichotomy 10/20/11 - 10:54 am
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I want the government to STOP

I want the government to STOP investing my money in anything except the military and infrastructure. They do a really crappy job of anything else. Any industry that needs government investment is an industry that cannot survive on it's own and therefore is a bad investment. When government starts passing out OUR money it has nothing to do with viable businesses. When government passes out money it is passed out based on politics, political correctness, and corruption. It's not a constitutional function of the federal government and when they try it we get things like Solyndra. Solyndra was not an anomaly. Solyndra is the norm for government investment. We are probably fortunate that it went bankrupt now because "government investment" usually turns into a permanent government subsidy. The word "investing" when used by the government always means taking money from somebody and giving it to somebody else. Geez, we've been "investing" in the "poor" for 50 years and look how well that has worked out for us. Well, maybe that did work. We "invested" in the poor and we succeeded in making more poor people. The government considers that a good investment and keeps investing more.

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allhans 10/20/11 - 02:12 pm
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Obama thinks, I guess, that

Obama thinks, I guess, that we won't believe that Qaddafi is dead if he doesn't tell us himself.

I thought for a minute he had shot and killed Saddam Hussein... sounded like a repeat of a speech I heard years ago.

Start the printing press, more aid is needed.
Time for the poor in this country to spread the wealth.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/20/11 - 03:24 pm
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faithson-Haven't been here

faithson-Haven't been here long have you? I remmeber a few years back when Mayor Devaney deverted money from the water department for his river walk and Pink Palace by the river. The water pipes were leaking, equipement was in serious need of replacement and it was a mess. Yes lets use the Augusta water department as an example! This is from a Silvia Cooper Article on Devaney dated Jan 30, 2007 "That's when Riverwalk got done, and he worked like a Trojan," Mr. Sherrouse said. "To some degree, I guess that project, not just Riverwalk but the hotel and office tower, would be his legacy. There was really doubt in a lot of people's minds, sometimes in mine, that it would ever get done, but he was persistent that it was going to happen, so Riverwalk was done and then the hotel and office tower. It was quite remarkable that it was finally built."

While Riverwalk grew, however, the city's finances waned, and it drained revenues from the water department to keep going. By 1995, it could no longer be denied that the city was in dire financial straits. Layoffs and returned checks marked the last year of the city's life.

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