OPINION: According to those in power …

– … “cash for clunkers” was sufficiently financed until November. It ran out of money in less than a week. – … only the government can run the auto industry, the insurance industry, the housing industry or the banking industry properly. Want a socialist car? Try the Yugo. Congress was supposed to prevent Wall Street abuses before. Sound housing and banking policy begins with extending credit only to credit-worthy people. Even the Postal Service – a government monopoly – can’t pay its bills. – … we were supposed to be heading toward balanced budgets. We have deficits planned from here to the horizon that make all the previous upside-down budgets seem insignificant. Bush 43 is probably breathing a sigh of relief that he won’t be known forever as the Deficit President. – … the hope-and-change camp was going to give us “not one dime” of tax increase for the middle class. We’re told now about income tax increases, “It is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out no matter what.” That doesn’t even count the massive direct and indirect taxes we may pay under cap-and-trade. Of course, those costs matter only to those of us who have to buy our own gasoline and electricity. – … federally subsidized ethanol will wean us off of that Demon Petroleum. In reality, it means higher food costs for Americans and Third World residents alike, a bigger federal deficit (in case anyone cares) and a more lopsided balance of trade. – … if we just leave all that nasty oil in the ground, we can be living on Merle Haggard’s “free bubble-ubb and rainbow stew” while driving our solar-powered cars. Actually, when we don’t drill here, we hand our collective fate to such benevolent, well-managed countries as Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Venezuela. – … anyone against abortion or who supports limits on government is a potential right-wing terrorist. So, what could any terrorist do that would compare to the deaths of 40 million innocent American lives since Roe v. Wade? And what could be a bigger threat to the nation than swearing to uphold its Constitution but undermining it instead? – … we’re supposed to have the most transparent government in history. Instead, we’ve got congressional leaders rushing votes on bills that are measured in pounds, not pages. And these are the folks we want dictating our health care? Contact Daily Journal Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com. Read his blog at www.NEMS360.com.

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