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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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SATURDAY through MONDAY, March 29 through 31, 2008

As has happened at times in the past, the best I can do today is to refer the reader to some excellent commentary articles in the lay press.  That they inform and support my positions is "purely coincidental".
GS

SATURDAY through FRIDAY, March 22 through 28, 2008
Bush says critics bully Iraq's leaders

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 27, 6:45 PM ET

DAYTON, Ohio - President Bush said Thursday that congressional critics have bullied Iraq's leaders and ignored political progress achieved at the cost of U.S. lives.

He also praised Iraq's prime minister for making what Bush said was a decisive move to take on Shiite militias despite violent resistance and mounting protests.

Bush's latest defense of the war took aim at a principal frustration in Democratic-run Congress that Iraq's politicians have squandered time while U.S. troops are dying.

"Some members of Congress decided the best way to encourage progress in Baghdad was to criticize and threaten Iraq's leaders while they're trying to work out their differences," Bush told a military audience at the cavernous U.S. Air Force museum.

"But hectoring was not what the Iraqi leaders needed," Bush said. "What they needed was security and that is what the `surge' has provided."

That was a reference to the 30,000-troop reinforcement Bush ordered to Iraq last year. The step was intended to halt violence so Iraq's leaders could start managing their own affairs.

Bush spoke as Iraqi security forces clashed with Shiite militias in Basra, Iraq's southern oil hub. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged to fight "until the end" against militias tied to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, despite fierce resistance.

"Prime Minister Maliki's bold decision — and it was a bold decision — to go after the illegal groups in Basra shows his leadership," Bush said. The United States sees al-Maliki's action as a turning point in showing that Iraq is taking on more responsibility.

"There's a strong commitment by the central government of Iraq to say that no one is above the law," Bush said, even as he warned of more violence as the operation unfolded.

The slow pace of political reconciliation among Iraq's sectarian groups and the plodding passage of basic laws have undermined public support in the U.S. for the war.

"The president asserts that real progress has been made in Iraq. But if that were truly the case, our troops would be coming home soon," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Bush said Iraq has made remarkable, albeit unglamorous, progress in recent months.

He cited laws to set up provincial elections in October, put a budget in place, allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's ruling Baath party to return to government jobs, and grant limited amnesty to prisoners held in Iraqi custody.

More broadly, Bush gave a portrait of a country enjoying a rebound in civic and cultural life. Democratic leaders in Congress say Bush is painting a far too rosy picture.

Even some of Bush's military leaders have expressed frustration about the pace of political stability, which is what could help more U.S. troops get home.

Some Democratic lawmakers say pulling troops home will give Iraq's leaders incentive to act and free up a strained military to take on other battles.

Bush called that senseless. He said America has no more strategic interest than Iraq, which he called the "convergence point for the twin threats of al-Qaida and Iran."

Reid said Bush is poised to keep as many troops in Iraq by year's end as there were before last year's increase. "Our troops have done their job; it is time for the Iraqi politicians and this administration to do theirs," Reid said.

The president described a rising economy in Iraq, but did not ignore lasting problems.

Iraq struggles with infrastructure, unemployment and corruption. "The Iraqis recognize these shortcomings. They understand what they have to do," Bush said.

The focus on political and economic life is widely overshadowed in the U.S. by a focus on the death toll, which reached 4,000 members of the military last week.

In early April, Bush is expected to endorse a temporary halt in the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has warned against shrinking the American force so rapidly that the gains in security will be compromised.

Bush again signaled his intentions, claiming dire consequences of a U.S. retreat.

While in Dayton, Bush met privately for two hours with 23 families of troops killed in action. The president also made time to help out Republican candidates.

In Ohio, Bush raised money for the state GOP party, which refused to release financial details about his fundraiser. Later, in Sewickley, Pa., Bush was to raise about $500,000 for the state's Republican Party at a fundraiser of more than 200 people.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 20 and 21, 2008

THIS IS OFFERED IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR "NEW" DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE.   It coincides with my own views on the subject, as documented in my offerings in this section on "Immigration".  GS

Snopes say this is true (see snopes.com link below) and Dick Lamm verified it, saying that he made that speech in 2004.  It is even truer today. 

The writer of the book "Mexifornia" is Victor Davis Hansen, not Hansen Davis.
 
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/lamm.asp

American Suicide..................Very sobering

Wherever you stand, please take the time to read this; it ought to scare the beejeebers out of you!
We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington , DC , filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream. Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States . He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America . It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'" "Here is how they do it," Lamm said:

"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country."

History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada , Belgium , Malaysia , and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy , if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims." Lamm went on:

"Second, to destroy America , invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture."

 Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

"Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort."

 The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.' Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to en sure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."

"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated.

 I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."

"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money.

 I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."

"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties."

 I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precet. People undervalue the unit y it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games. A common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will "Balkanize" America as surely as Kosovo.'

"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity."

 I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America Take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," and "Ignorance is strength." Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2008
GS

MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 17 and 18, 2008
GS

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, March 15 and 16, 2008

The Iraq War and today's Editorial in The Day.
  90% is a good grade...and The Day gets that for the editorial.  But it continues to be wrong on the pre-emptive strike on Hussein's Iraq.  Consider the following, or shall I say "the past":
Presented with this scenario, President Bush absolutely did the right thing: a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq for several worthwhile reasons.  Thereafter, it went all to hell in a handbasket, thanks to the stupidity of Bremer, the arrogance of Rumsfeld, the cowardice of too many of our Generals, and the mysterious trance that Bush was enveloped in by his dead-wrong Secretary of Defense.  I said all of this beginning on March 16, 2003 in my Rapid Response section of my web-site (www.asthma-drsprecace.com),  and I have been saying it in spades ever since.  Look it up.  What counts now is that we retain our position in that crucial part of the world, that we enable a democracy and avoid a civil war in Iraq, and that we take proper care of our troops and their families, in the field and at home.  We might also learn a few lessons from this history...and from all of history, for a change!

GS

FRIDAY, March 14, 2008

Love him or loathe him, he nailed this one right on the head...

By Rush Limbaugh

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.Well, I can't let thenumbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000.The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000 all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oaklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

THURSDAY, March 13, 2008

Maybe there is hope...  GS

Paulson: Time to toughen rules on mortgage brokers

By Glenn Somerville Thu Mar 13, 12:11 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Financial regulators pledged on Thursday to toughen rules for mortgage brokers, lenders and credit agencies in a bid to ease a credit crunch and to try to restore investor confidence in markets.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, unveiling a 20-page set of recommendations from the top-level President's Working Group, blamed a "dramatic weakening" of underwriting standards for lower-quality home loans for helping trigger turmoil in credit markets that raged on unabated as he spoke.

Stock prices tumbled on rising fears of U.S. recession, gold prices soared and the dollar's value plumbed fresh record lows as investors shunned it in favor of the euro and other stronger currencies.

Paulson, a Wall Street veteran before taking over the Treasury in mid-2006, said "financial innovation" -- like the practice of slicing up so-called subprime mortgages and using them as collateral for securities sold around the world -- had made the situation worse by introducing a baffling level of complexity.

In a speech at the National Press Club, Paulson appealed to banks and other lenders not to stop issuing loans and implied they should cut back on dividends paid to shareholders if necessary to raise capital.

"We are encouraging financial institutions to continue to strengthen balance sheets by raising capital and revisiting dividend policies; we need those institutions to continue to lend and facilitate economic growth," he said.

Among recommendations from a top-level Presidential Working Group that he heads, Paulson said he wanted "strong nationwide licensing standards" for mortgage brokers as part of an effort to ward off future housing crises and reassure investors.

Paulson said the focus of the Presidential Working Group's work since the current bout of market turmoil began last summer was to reduce the chance of repeating past mistakes.

"Regulation needs to catch up with innovation and help restore investor confidence but not go so far as to create new problems, make our markets less efficient or cut off credit to those who need it," Paulson said.

The working group includes the heads of the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as the Treasury. It issued recommendations that touch nearly every corner of the credit market, from Wall Street firms to credit rating agencies and regulators.

In a sign of the severity of the credit crunch stemming from U.S. subprime market woes, a European affiliate of a high-profile U.S. buyout firm revealed on Thursday that it has defaulted on $16.6 billion of debt and faced having its remaining collateral seized.

Carlyle Capital Corp (CARC.AS), a fund listed in Amsterdam, said in New York late on Wednesday that talks with lenders had soured after a drop in the value of its mortgage investments, which it said would result in new margin calls on top of existing ones, implying its survival was at stake.

Paulson said state and local regulators need to toughen oversight of all mortgage originators. Sloppy lending practices including loans made to homeowners with no requirement of proof of income, are widely blamed for a soaring tide of foreclosures, especially among subprime mortgages held by people with the shakiest personal credit.

Paulson said credit rating agencies need to make sure that securitized credit issuers -- like those who issue mortgage-backed securities -- "perform robust due diligence of originators of assets that are securitized or used as collateral for structured credit products."

Paulson said the working group was now ready to push for its recommendations to be put in place and vowed that it will "stay on top of this" while trying not to add to existing stress in markets.

"We are going to be mindful when we implement it to not create a burden," Paulson told the Wall Street Journal in an interview earlier. "But we think it's very appropriate to lay out some of the causes and some of the steps that need to be taken ... to minimize the likelihood of this happening again."

The report said various government bodies had worked on the recommendations for more seven months and that Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had "huddled" for half a day early this month to review the details.

(Additional reporting by David Lawder and Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2008
GS

MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 10 and 11, 2008

Am I being un-Christian for thinking: The Lord works in strange and wondrous ways?  GS

Spitzer Abortion Bill -- Cardinal Letter (.pdf)

New York Gov. Spitzer resigns amid sex scandal

By Daniel Trotta Wed Mar 12, 12:01 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned on Wednesday amid a scandal over a $1,000-an-hour prostitute, cutting short a career built on pugnacious investigations of Wall Street crimes.

Lt. Gov. David Paterson will replace him on Monday, Spitzer said.

"I am resigning from the office of governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson's request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17," Spitzer announced.

Spitzer, a Democrat, had faced intense pressure to resign and impeachment threats from Republicans since the New York Times reported on Monday that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.

Spitzer, 48 and married with three children, is a former New York state chief prosecutor who rose to prominence by investigating financial crime with a vigor that earned him the nickname Sheriff of Wall Street.

He also broke up prostitution rings as attorney general.

Spitzer had apologized to his family and the public on Monday for what he called a "private matter," but gave no details of what he was apologizing for and then shuttered himself in his New York City apartment for two days.

Some 70 percent of New York voters wanted Spitzer to quit, according to a WNBC/Marist poll conducted on Tuesday.

Spitzer, who attracted wide publicity but also resentment on Wall Street with his pursuit of financial crimes while he was the state's attorney general, became governor with nearly 70 percent of the vote in November 2006 on pledges to clean up state politics.

The Times, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported on Monday that Spitzer was the man identified as "Client 9" in a federal affidavit revealing details from an investigation into a prostitution ring.

Client 9 arranged to meet with "Kristen," a prostitute who charged $1,000 an hour, on February 13 in a Washington hotel and paid her $4,300, the court document said.

The complaint unveiled last week charged four people with running a prostitution ring dubbed The Emperors Club.

It was not known if Spitzer would face any charges stemming from the case.


SUNDAY, March 9, 2008
GS

SATURDAY, March 8, 2008

Today, I can do no better than to refer you to several very good articles which have appeared recently in the WSJ.  If there ever was a time when we all have to cross-read, and not depend upon one or two sources for our information, this election season is it. 
The third of these articles addresses an issue which one cannot critique without sounding mean-spirited: the sub-prime mortgage, foreclosure and banking issue.  Should people who had no business incurring such a debt load, and the greedy bankers and realtors who misled them, be bailed out of their pain by the American taxpayer?  I find an apt analogy here with a common medical issue: an abscess.  There is a saying in Medicine: "Pis and Pus Must Come Out!"  An abscess must be incised and drained, in order to avoid systemic infection.  Truth be told, the American economy has been a festering wound for years, its pathogenesis too involved to discuss here.  And all we have been told is that the entire world is now dependent on our profligate ways.  Well, the abscess has been breached, and the pus is coming out, as it has to.  And now we are being told that we need to suture up that abscess...a guaranteed path to sepsis for the entire organism.  I hope that the Bush administration can continue to withstand the pressure.  There is a corollary to the saying: "Don't just stand there.  Do something".  It is applicable now: "Don't just do something.  Stand there."

GS

FRIDAY, March 7, 2008

Subject: Common Sense Obituary

My parents told me about Mr. Common Sense early in my life and told me I would do well to call on him when making decisions. It seems he was always around in my early years but less and less as time passed by.

Today I read his obituary. Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance, for Common Sense had served us all so well for so many generations.

Obituary
Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.  He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent
to administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to
Blame, and I'm a Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

- Unknown

THURSDAY, March 6, 2008

CATCHING PIGS

THIS IS TRULY THOUGHT PROVOKING. TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT AND SEND IT ON TO THOSE THAT YOU THINK ARE WORTH SENDING TO.

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked:

"Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke.

"You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.

You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.

Soon they go back to eating the free corn . They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America . The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax cuts, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths:

1) There is no such thing as a free lunch.

2) and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

If you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America , you might want to send this on to your friends. 

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably delete this email.

But God help you when the gate slams shut!

- Unknown

SATURDAY through WEDNESDAY, March 1 through 5, 2008

ELECTION SPECIAL, Wednesday, March 5, 2008
GS


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