Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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America in decay

EDITOR: After hearing that around 47 percent of Americans do not pay any income taxes, I think I will become a Democrat and vote for Obama. Why should I work hard, like the around 53 percent of us Americans, to pay taxes to make up for the loss of income from the other 47 percent, provide food stamps for around 47 percent of the Americans (the same 47 percent?) and send foreign aid to countries whose populations hate us?

I am going to quit my job, get on government welfare, and sit around playing with my electronic toys or drive my Toyota to join occupy riots and union marches. We could simply print more money so that we could buy more stuff we want from the likes of China.

The evil capitalists want us work to earn the things we need and trinkets we want. Why? We can just sit back and let Obama and the Democrats give us everything we want without having to work for it nor worry about our debt to the rest of the world (Senator Reid of Nevada just sent me a letter wanting me to do just that).

The more undesirable we make this country the less we will have to worry about someone trying to overtake us. I mean, who has ever heard of an Arabian nation sending financial aid to or seriously attempting to help non-Islamic countries?

The only thing they want is our money from purchasing oil from their wells. Some day they will realize that our money, which is being squandered by our current administration, will be worthless and then they will look elsewhere for another market for their oil. Save your trees for firewood to use for heating and cooking once we can no longer get fuel from the Arabs nor tap our natural gas reserves that the Democrats so strongly protect. A Stanley Steamer will also be very useful then.

RAY LABAHN
Placerville

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Discussion | 18 comments

  • James E.September 28, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Sigh.

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  • Diva DogSeptember 29, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    The upcoming presidential election will be very telling. If Obama wins, again, our country is done. I am not a negative person. But our reign as a superpower will be over. An Obama victory will confirm what I already suspect. The majority of the citizens of this great land are lazy. They don't want a hand up they want a hand out. My heart breaks when I think of all the servicemen and women who have fought to keep our country safe and free. For what? So our government can hand out free food, housing, medical etc. Well, guess what?. It 'ain't' free. I am working to take care of all you losers. Get a job and have some pride. We need less government and more people to speak up!!! Take back our country.

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  • EDC Chamber member in good standingSeptember 29, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Mr. Ray Labahn, El Dorado County Chamber member in good standing, wow......

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  • Rob JacksonOctober 08, 2012 - 12:47 am

    I agree. This country will not be worth living in for good, clean, honest hard working republicans. They should all move to a more promising country with less government. I hear somalia is nice.

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  • MartinOctober 08, 2012 - 1:26 am

    Rob I had a hard working friend over that finally after looking for work for a year found a job, but the truth is he said that it was a good year because of all the bennie's that he and his family received from the government. He actually said it was like a nice paid vacation, with the money that he made under the table and all the bennie's he received, made life wonderful; went fishing a lot. Vote Republican

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  • cookie65October 08, 2012 - 4:57 am

    The city of Detroit is a great example of our future as a country when the smartest among us, the liberals, get their way without anyone to stop them. The police union there just issued a warning to people to enter at their own risk. Leftists promote the idea that the reason people are in different financial circumstances is because the payers have some other freedoms that the takers don't have. They object to the fact that in this country you are free to live what ever life you are willing to work for. Whether that is a house on the beach or the dumpster of your choosing.

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  • Dick BransonOctober 08, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Martin, your "friend" is a criminal tax cheat, plain and simple. He made his living by making money under the table, not paying taxes on it, and under-declaring his income to collect his government benefits. And you complain about taxes being too high? It seems to be part of the conservative ideology that white collar crime is OK so long as you do not get caught. If you actually believed that those who steal our tax dollars should not get away with it, you would turn him in. Hypocrite.

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  • Rob JacksonOctober 08, 2012 - 10:50 am

    So, Martin, your "friend" worked for cash under the table, but still collected unemployment and other benefits intended for the poor? He is a criminal, and so are you, for not turning him in. Is white collar crime OK in the conservative world view? Is it OK to get welfare if you don't need it? Is it OK to not pay taxes on cash income, increasing the tax burden for everyone else? You republicans are such hypocrites.

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  • Elliott PointerOctober 08, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Well stated, Rob. Cookie65 is right. American values have gone down the tubes. Clearly, it is the conservatives who are leading the race to the bottom.

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  • A Real ConservativeOctober 08, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Obviously, you guys don't understand. When black or brown people do it it is called criminal welfare fraud and tax evasion. But when white people do it, it is called Beating The Bureaucrats At Their Own Game, and it is not criminal, it is a noble tactic for bringing down the corrupt system.

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  • Curly BillOctober 08, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    A lesson in irony. The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves. Here endeth the lesson

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  • James E.October 08, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Martin, reference your hard working friend who was working under the table while getting unemployment benefits. Would it help you if I look up the DA's phone number.

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  • James E.October 08, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Curly Bill, may you hope you never become one of the animals. By the grace of God?

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  • James E.October 08, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    I think I got that backwards. Shouldn't the DA be asking the MtDemocrat for Martin's phone number?

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  • Elliott PointerOctober 09, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Sorry, Martin is unable to respond. He is too busy filling out food stamp applications under assumed names.

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  • James E.October 09, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Martin, just who is this Tea/Republican friend of yours who worked under the table while getting unemployment benefits? The public wants to know who has been cheating.

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  • CatherineOctober 09, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    I'm feeling for Martin's friend.... But on this "welfare" thing, 42% of "dependence on government" statistics are based on SS, Medicare, and MediCaid/Medical payments--retirement and healthcare accounts that people pay into. A mixed statistic like this tells us very little. In fact, if you receive SS or Medicare, Mr. Labahn, you may already be part of the "problem."

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  • PamOctober 09, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    If you can't see what is happening to our country, then you are not paying attention. We are drifting down a road that will be very difficult to overcome if something isn't done. I have heard people say " I can't make a difference, so why get involved". Well- you NEVER will make a difference if you don't try. It's time to STAND UP for what you believe and believe in our country and what it stands for. No, Mr. LaBahn isn't part of the problem, He is trying to get you to "think"---even though there might be some tongue in cheek in his remarks there is some truth in it. QE3-$40 BILLON being printed every month so that we can BUY OUR bonds, devaluing the dollar as we go along, stock market held artificially high, interest rates stay low, your savings worth less, food, gas, general goods, everything will cost more-- less money in our pockets--so how is that working for you. Thank you Mr, Obama.

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