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Speak Out 7/26/11

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rebuild now

GOV. Nixon and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson have been wonderful in pushing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers into rebuilding the infrastructure and private property it destroyed. We really need to push for full restoration before the government realizes that it is out of money and in default on its loans.

Floodway repairs

REP. Jo Ann Emerson says floodway repairs are going too slow. They can only do so much with what little money they have. Have your millionaires, billionaires and big businesses pay their share of taxes and you could see the job get done a lot faster. I'm not so sure that the government owes all these farmers as much as they are wanting. How many times do we pay for the same ground?

Jaycee Golf Course

I played Jaycee Golf Course for the first time since the renovation. What a disappointment it was. The greens and fairways were very nice, but the back nine is dangerous. Someone is going to get hurt or killed back there. And how much did that periscope cost on hole No. 11? It serves no purpose at all. It would have been much better and cheaper to keep the old layout and just redo the greens and fairways.

Cutting Social Security

HOW can the government even begin to think about cutting Social Security? This is money the American people worked hard for and paid into. It is not our fault that the government mismanaged the money. We should not be punished for their mistakes.

Tax the wealthy

REPUBLICANS are continuing to favor the wealthy as usual. The focus should be on the taxation of those who can afford it and not trying to blame President Obama for policies that he alone cannot make law. America is hurting, and it is time for those elected officials to step up to the plate and earn their pay.

Bush's fault

IT was a Republican president that got America into this financial mess after coming into a balanced budget left by a Democratic president.

Fix trailers

I would like to know why I can see six trailers hauling lawn mowing equipment while driving across town and not one has working lights. Some are hauling construction equipment, but most are lawn care. The bad thing is sometimes a police car will be behind them and nothing is done. Recently I saw a lawn mowing trailer with no lights on it and six guys in the bed of the truck, which is against the law. It's a cheap fix, $5 to $10 for the lights. Everybody has to run a business, but this is bad. Somebody needs to fix these things.

Rex Sinquefield

I'VE been reading about a wealthy Missourian and am very impressed by his views and philanthropic activities. His name is Rex Sinquefield. I am going to write a song of tribute to him. It will be a variation of a Beatle's classic. The title will be "Sinquefield Forever."

Murdoch's empire

THIS would be a fate worse than death. If Rupert Murdoch's empire completely collapses, a lot of you won't have Fox News to watch day and night, and, even worse, the Southeast Missourian will not have any editorials to reprint from The Wall Street Journal.

Deep in debt

THE U.S. federal government is deep in debt. We must stop spending and go into austerity mode like Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. It will be a terrible hardship not to spend the money that we have become accustomed to spending, but if we go deeper into debt it will be worse in a few years. Where are the elected officials who are brave enough to tell us the truth about spending?


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Bush's Fault

I could not agree more with you!

-- Posted by artofwar on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 5:57 AM

I'm not going to blame Bush or Obama for this mess were in, this debt problem has been accumilating for forty years it came due in September of 2008 and we could not pay it. Congress has tampered with the tax code so much over the years one term you will have tax cuts the next term you will have tax increases and then back to tax cuts. The tax code needs completely over hauled and we need to go to a national sales tax where everybody pays that way everybody is on a level playing field and we can bring in more revenue. We have a 14.5 trillion dollar National Debt with a 54 Trillion Dollars of unfunded liabilties now you tell me how we are going to get out of this financial diaster?

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 6:21 AM

The National Debt---you are seeing the residue of the New Deal, Fair Deal, and Great Society which spawned the ideas causing this mess, Let us not forget to include the wasteful cost of all the wars since World War I.

Makes a fella long for the days of Calvin Cooledge.

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 7:58 AM

Cutting Social Security: Social Security isn't in crisis, won't add one dime to the national debt, and isn't a hand-out.... WE ALREADY PAID FOR IT! President Reagan got into the Social Security fund and put it into the General Fund and ever since the S/S has been in trouble.

The tax code needs completely over hauled and we need to go to a national sales tax where everybody pays that way everybody is on a level playing field and we can bring in more revenue.Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 6:21 AM

Agree with you that the tax codes needs over hauled...I would like a flat tax imposed but either a sales tax or flat tax would be better than what we have now.

Floodway repairs: Tax the city of Cairo, Il whose a** the destroyed levees saved.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 9:03 AM

Fix trailers:

The ones I always see with six guys in the back are the Teen Challenge crews. Never paid attention to their trailer lights although I doubt any local cop is ever going to bother them for such a minor offense.

/As a side note don't go into the lawn care business around here unless you can compete with "prison" labor pricing.

-- Posted by Nil on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 9:23 AM

The clock is counting down to Debt Armageddon, what party will blink and be the heroes?

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 9:23 AM

~~ All in the Family

-- Posted by Rick** on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 9:53 AM

Rick: Those were indeed the good ole days.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 9:58 AM

Bush's Fault

Maybe it's our founding Fathers fault for not putting a balanced budget amendment in the original Constitution.

Or maybe it's everyone's fault for continually voting along party lines all these years instead of voting for those that have really wanted to make a change.

-- Posted by popper on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 10:05 AM

i don't know whose fault all this is, but it's Obama's responsibility to work to straighten it out. However, Obama can't make laws. He can only approve or veto. So, everybody in D.C. needs to get on the same page and quit worrying about getting reelected. There is no "country first" mentality in any elected officials in D.C.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Where were these so call conservatives and t-baggers when Reagan raised the dept celling 17 or 18 times (i lost track) during his 8 years and GW Bush raised the dept celling 7 times-2 times during the last year of the Bush Adm.???? I live my life more conservative than most GOPs and t-baggers that I know. So I do not pay much attention to people/politicians that stand around and call the Kettle, "Black".

-- Posted by D49F11 on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 10:46 AM

Rick asked: "at what point does this become Obama's fault ?

Answer: The day he took office!

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 11:01 AM

So, everybody in D.C. needs to get on the same page and quit worrying about getting reelected. There is no "country first" mentality in any elected officials in D.C.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Good Grief Man!! You sound like a conservative today.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 10:59 AM

howdydoody & Wheels: We all need to sound like Americans and not Dems., Reps., Cons., and Inds.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 11:17 AM

in regards to the people riding in the back of the pickup it is not illegal. Here is the law on that:

http://www.iihs.org/laws/cargoareas.aspx

people 18 and older; people 17 and younger if the vehicle is not being operated on a highway which is part of the state or federal highway system or within the corporate limits of any city; exceptions for employment; agricultural activities; parades; where there is a device to keep the passenger from being thrown or falling out of the vehicle; special events; assisting people in a recreational activity; family owned truck with insufficient room in the cab for all passengers; inapplicable to pickup trucks with covered cargo areas

-- Posted by joekool on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 2:00 PM

Wheels: Maybe you have missed some of my previous posts. I am actually a blue dog democrat not a yellow dog. I believe in being fiscally responsible but I am very much socially liberal. I try to see both sides. I don't agree with the religious right injecting their beliefs into politics. It is a turn off for me. As far as God giving these politicians advice such as what to do and what to run for....that's BS for sure. Enough for now.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 5:52 PM

Here you go wheels.

How we Balance the Budget the Last Time

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/1...

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 7:00 PM


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