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Lowell Greenbaum's assertion that Republican governors must be daft to refuse acceptance of all or part of the government giveaway ("Republicans are daft to reject money," Feb. 25) is certainly true to form, in line with his unblemished record of blind loyalty to whatever scheme the liberal Democrats propose -- even if it entails foisting a massive dose of socialism down our collective throats.

Let's not forget that it was Democrats -- Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. Christopher Dodd -- who encouraged banks to make all these subprime mortgage loans to people who could ill afford to repay them, by guaranteeing their buyback through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The subsequent failure of these government mastodons was the trigger that precipitated the mortgage meltdown.

Perhaps we need this huge infusion of government largesse to get the economy jump-started; only time will tell. What we don't need, however, are the many wasteful earmark projects attached to it, totally unrelated to stimulus.

And, amazingly, none of our congressmen even had the opportunity to read it before its passage!

Gerald Ford once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

Terrence Bedell

Appling

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GGpap
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GGpap 02/28/09 - 02:14 am
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Terrence, I am concerned

Terrence, I am concerned about the so-called earmarks as well, but lets not forget, it has been reported that at least 40% of those earmarks were put in the stimulus bill by the Republican members of congress. GGpap

As It Is
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As It Is 02/28/09 - 03:11 am
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Republican or Democrat, they

Republican or Democrat, they all waste money. However, the republicans stereotypically waste less and certainly don't agree with government give away programs for those who don't contribute to society. As Thomas Jefferson said,"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

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elliottness 02/28/09 - 07:03 am
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look crybabies, or as you

look crybabies, or as you call yourselves republicans.you've had the whitehouse 20 0f the last 28 years and the majority in congress for many of those years.do you really expect anyone to believe that dodd and frank were that powerful that no one could replace them? what a joke.you've even said it started in carters term,then why did it take so long for the bottom to fall out?as a matter of a fact no one has seen proof that it did bottom out.all of this mess started right after the gas shot up to 3.95 a gallon,then the dominoes started.the banks made a killing with those loans,the same ones begging for money now and telling you to go to hell, when you ask where it went.where did that money go?don't see anyone buying homes or cars?i guess that's franks fault also?those congress people never read those bills,they just cower up and do as their told, like little children.

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willistontownsc 02/28/09 - 08:22 am
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Sorry, Mr. Bedell, but you

Sorry, Mr. Bedell, but you and your kind have lost any chance to claim that you're for less government. The Dems are for less government -- the results from the Clinton years show it.

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dinohntr 02/28/09 - 09:18 am
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As It Is speaks the truth.

As It Is speaks the truth. Both parties are to blame, both are filled with politicians whose main goal is to remain in power.

I ask the obvious question - who is going to pay for this HUGH stimulus program and the bailouts? Your children and their children will.

The basic rule in any budget is you don't spend more than you make. But our elected officials fail to realize this, or are TOO STUPID. They continue to spend, spend, spend and make the U.S. a bigger debtor nation.

And I hope every one enjoys th extra $13.00 a week the Obama plan will give you. Let's all rush out and use that extra money to buy that big ticket item.

Nothing has changed in Washington. Whether Bush or Obama, it's business as usual in the sesspool called Washington DC.

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ITDoc 02/28/09 - 09:28 am
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Thanks for saving me all that

Thanks for saving me all that typing, Dino. Unfortunately, a man reads what he wants to read and disregards the rest. Obama's doing a great job pissing off both parties extremes. I do not like his economic actions at all, but I admire him for being an equal opportunity annoyer & other things too.

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christian134 02/28/09 - 09:55 am
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Dino your assessment of the

Dino your assessment of the problem is spot on...

disssman
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disssman 02/28/09 - 11:27 am
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Dino if only our commission

Dino if only our commission would put your theory about not spending more than you make in practice, then our local taxes would be much lower. I have been saying the same thing, but in the context that we should not be supporting all these non-profits, rather, they should be self supporting if they are so wanted and needed. Unfortunately, the elected officials keep our budget so tightly controlled that we as citizens have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Further, we are saddled with a media circus in town that refuses to look at anything with a critical eye. I would almost bet that our give aways are equal to our must-funds, but we don't have any way of checking. What really gets me is about every month we find out about another 6 figure study we paid for that really means nothing. When will it stop?

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1941 02/28/09 - 11:48 am
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The republicans say they

The republicans say they never got a chance to read it. If they had been reading instead of standing up in front of the cameras, talking about everything that was wrong with the bill, that they never read, they would have seen what the rest of them that voted for it seen. So you people that don't like the bill,just shut up, and suck it up, like we did for eight years. Don't you understand that your party lost, and why? The people were fed up with the republicans,and did not want them in control of government any longer!!!!!

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mad_max 02/28/09 - 01:06 pm
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J_i_m_m_y C_a_r_t_e_r here we

J_i_m_m_y C_a_r_t_e_r here we come. He had the same outlook and spending priorities (although he looked sane compared to Obama's budget). Jimmy gave us 16% inflation, 21% interest, and a 70% tax rate in only 4 years. That ushered in an overwhelming victory for the Republicans. After seeing Obama's budget, his class warfare tax plan, and the additional taxes that will trickle down to the working class through his "environmental" taxes on the energy sector, I predict Obama, Pelosi, and Reid will make Jimmy Carter look like a genius. If you taxed the "rich" at a 100% tax rate you could not make a dent in the deficit spending Obama is planning for his social welfare programs. But his followers hate Bush so much that they are willing to bite their nose off to spite their face. Take your money out of the market and sit on it for a while. This plan will fail miserably and everyone who is smart enough to have earned money can see it. The market is the witness. Pull you money out and sit on it so you do not have to give it to the Democrats to waste. Better you spend the principle than have to pay taxes on smaller and smaller dividends and interest while the value of your stocks tanks.

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americafirst 02/28/09 - 01:20 pm
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GGAP, you idiot. If 40% of

GGAP, you idiot. If 40% of the earmarks were put in the stimulus bill by Repubs, then why did no republicans vote for it?(with the exception of three repub. senators)

GGpap
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GGpap 02/28/09 - 02:01 pm
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AmericaFirst, apparently you

AmericaFirst, apparently you are just too dense to understand the "why" in this issue. A simple answer for a simple minded person would be to simply say, "It's an eat the cake and have it too..." situation that was just a perfect opportunity for the politico's on the right to score a point or two. Why do "you" think the right managed to conveniently find the three supporting republican votes that enabled the bill to pass? GGpap

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jack 02/28/09 - 03:56 pm
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Terrence, I am concerned

Terrence, I am concerned about the so-called earmarks as well, but lets not forget, it has been reported that at least 40% of those earmarks were put in the stimulus bill by the Republican members of congress. GGpap
Posted by GGpap on Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:14 AM...Yeah, and they are catching hell from the conservatives. McCain=0, DiMint=0
Don't now about Grahamnesty.

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KSL 02/28/09 - 09:14 pm
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Look, willis, just because

Look, willis, just because Bush didn't diminish the size of government doesn't mean that he governed the way conservatives wanted. For many, he appeared to be the lesser of two evils. There are too many inside the belt-way fat cat Repubs, not true conservatives, pulling the strings in the party.

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KSL 02/28/09 - 09:17 pm
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Sorry, Mr. Bedell, but you

Sorry, Mr. Bedell, but you and your kind have lost any chance to claim that you're for less government. The Dems are for less government -- the results from the Clinton years show it.
Posted by willistontownsc on Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:22 AM. You are definitely too young to think straight. The Clintons, in particular, Mrs Clinton, wanted more intrusion of government into the lives of citizens. Bill was more of a moderate than Hill, Chicago indoctrinated, Saul Alinsky student, was/is.

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