Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Idiots in Congress

EDITOR:

It’s easy to understand why the professional Obama-haters and assorted right-wing extremists keep chasing after fabricated Benghazi and IRS scandals: the Tea Party and its GOP subsidiary have no new policies to offer, no realistic solutions to modern-day America’s problems, only political circuses to deflect from their lack of substance. Their Johnny-one-note mantra was, is and will always be: cut taxes for the rich on the backs of the poor and the fading middle class. Reagan and Bush II proved beyond a doubt, and David Cameron is proving now in Britain, trickle-down economics is exactly what Bush I called it: “Voodoo Economics.” Like the extremists they are, the right refuses to let go of its failed policies.

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in economics, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and once Chief Economist for the World Bank, points out in his book “The Price of Inequality,” the GOP’s solution only aggravates the greatest threat to our democracy which is the widening gap between rich and poor. Since Stiglitz’s book contains real science, demonstrable facts, widely-accepted statistical data and scholarly analyses, I don’t expect the usual suspects, like George Alger, Congressman McClintock and the editorial board of the Mountain Democrat, to read it: the cognitive dissonance might be too much for them to absorb.

Inter alia, Stiglitz writes that we have already reached the desperation point with our poor who overwhelmingly believe that the so-called “American Dream” is beyond reach, if, indeed, it ever was within their grasp. For some years now, OECD statistics have indicated that upward mobility is far easier in Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand than it is in the United States. Repeating mindless slogans like “We’re Number One” and other ideological nonsense instead of taking action is leaving us at the starting gate of human progress in the 21st century. Except in the manufacture, and use, of guns: we’re definitely the world’s “Numero Uno” in that department.

JOHN GARON
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  • HLJune 06, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    It’s easy to understand why JOHN GARON is in such a panic. It's bad enough that the scandals of Benghazi, spying on AP News, spying on Fox News and now the inquiry of the IRS targeting Christian, Tea Party and assorted Conservative Organizations, as well as monetary abuse within the IRS. The trigger point in his angst seems to be the latest reports of massive data mining of Americans. http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-from-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-cebf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html I will have to agree with that Right Wing bastion of thought at the New York Times snicker: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?pagewanted=all Quote" especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility". Ouch!

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  • robertdnollJune 06, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    henny penny is not a children's story after all

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 06, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    EXTRA points for being early, John!

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 6:26 am

    The next word on the list for leftists to change the definition of is "fabricated".

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 10, 2013 - 6:47 am

    John, RE your mention of Benghazi, allocate twelve (12) minutes to this video. You know Benghazi is bad when IRS, NSA et al are tossed out to distract us from OHbama's "Iran-Contra" - LINK - Eli Lake, senior national security correspondent, Newsweek/Daily Beast, in re - Exclusive - CIA Honored Benghazi Chief in Secret Ceremony - . . . Part of why the State Department has taken the brunt of the political blame for the Benghazi attack, writes Eli Lake, is that clandestine services by definition have very little public oversight. . . .

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  • Ken SteersJune 10, 2013 - 10:41 am

    John Garon is in the leadership of the Eldorado County Democrat Party. This is how they think. By the way. The number one thing. Ever go to a soccer match in Western Europe? Australian Rules football or watched the All Blacks play rugby live? Very fanatical pro-country psycho's.

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  • Ken SteersJune 10, 2013 - 10:47 am

    It just so happens that the Aussies are celebrating Australia Day this week. Their motto for Patriotic Pride? "We grew here you flew here". Irony...

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  • Dink LaneJune 10, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Well John, the first 4 comments failed to say if your facts were right or wrong.... One went off on Benghazi. .... No one is talking about the PEOPLE.... they are talking about some "Hot Button" issues that get Republicans elected.... But they can't GOVERN.... The House Republicans have twisted themselves into such knots.... Even McClintock he voted against own values he held in the past.... so everyone stays in lock-step to the GOP Mantra... and vote against OBAMA on ANYTHING..... FACTS, people, FACTS....

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  • MartinJune 10, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    The gap between the rich and poor is widening because the government and EPA intervention, they have made it impossible for someone with limited finances to start a business, by the time they get done adding all the regulations and cost for opening a business and telling you what you can and can’t do your broke and if your business has any pollutants or any endangered gnats in or around you might as will hang it up, you lose. Just go down and stand in line and let the government pay you to stay at home.

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    Martin, here is the biggest sham in all of government. And the reason the government has to keep stealing everyones money. http://www.kcra.com/news/report-bart-official-earns-330k-without-working/-/11797728/20491562/-/he45k5z/-/index.html

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Martin, here is a great quote to go with your comment. "We don't want to tax all business' out of businesses"- obama. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-we-dont-want-tax-all-businesses-out-business

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Has CBS become part of the " professional obama-haters and assorted right-wing extremists"? http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/06/10/cbs-news-u-s-state-department-cover-ups-range-from-prostitution-charges-to-drug-rings/

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    This letter suggests that they allow keyboards in rubber rooms. So rather than blaming everyone else over how bad you got duped, not just once but twice, maybe you should just google obama's broken promises. The leftists media who have failed in their duty to the American public is beginning to report some of the stuff they have been ignoring since 2008. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/06/58005-president-obamas-broken-campaign-promises/

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Here is another example of how the leftists running/ruining this country have turned everything upside down. http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/22418863/bus-driver-says-he-was-fired-for-facebook-post-about-hungry-kid

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  • Dink LaneJune 10, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Cookie.... One man rips off his employer = "the government has to keep stealing everybody's money"... Just ripping on Obama is going to create JOBS? .... Where are the ideas to make this country grow? We are so busy protecting "companies" who do not bring jobs back to this country. We blame unions, when in fact, Unions only make up 12% of the workforce... What about the 88% that's NOT union? Oh, their wages are too low to support this government.......so why is China paying $500 Million to Solar Companies if they will put their businesses in China???? Because those businesses CREATE JOBS........ Here's a suggestion ----- BLOCK Tax breaks for companies who take jobs overseas...... Now, COOKIE, what is YOUR suggestion to help this country???

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    Dink, the one mans' employer is the taxpayer and it isn't one man, it is hundreds of thousands. Unions don't exist for the benefit of the employee. They exist for their own benefit. Do you actually know what unions do? They negotiate the maximum compensation for the minimum compensation while restricting the members to nothing but limitations. Being a member of a union is comparable to accepting that what they dictate is all you will ever achieve in life. If you want that good for you. Hopefully they won't cause the business to go out of business like the have in countless examples. You can't eat a union card. My son was employed at Campbell's soup until the teamsters union and the cost of doing business in California finally shut them down. Here is a union boss to help you understand what you refuse to figure out on your own. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/labor_big_real_heavy_sleeper_jl3C7gI710FI3XqpEl5o3O

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    *unions negotiate the maximum compensation for the minimum productivity.

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    See Detroit Michigan for what unions accomplish. From a thriving manufacturing metropolis to a complete sh*thole in 2 generations.

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  • Ken SteersJune 10, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    How many jobs has the dinkmeister created?

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me what the smartest among us NEED. Leftists need mob rule to get adequately compensated for what their aptitude can’t achieve. They continually need others to blame for the failures of everything they believe. They need a government program to provide all the other stuff they can’t do for themselves. They need the government to confiscate from the producers in order to provide for them. They need political correctness to restrict the truth to whatever they say the truth is. They need affirmative action so people like elizabeth warren and obama can live somewhere other than a homeless shelter. They need the government to restrict and dictate achievement so that they can feel equal. The need the taxpayers to pay for them at every turn. They need the producers and capitalism to pay for their entitlement utopia. I wish they would grow up. If they ever became responsible adults they might figure out all they really need is the thing they fight against, FREEDOM.

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  • cookie65June 10, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    How does a business stay in business according to dink? They need to increase in value so that he can expect his retirement portfolio to grow. But they can’t be profitable. They need to pay whatever the employee says the job is worth plus every benefit imaginable. They need to pay massive taxes so they are paying their fair share. They need to be observant and pay for any and all environmental loonacy the left can dream up. They need to pay for ever increasing regulations, permits and licensing to dozens of government agencies. They need to pay more and more for whatever materials they use. They need to provide paid vacations, sick days, maternity leave, healthcare, dental, vision, education grants, ergonomics, diversity training, special accommodations for any and all possible occurrences. They need to pay out of control energy costs thanks to the anti-energy left. They need to sell whatever product the offer at below profit prices because profit is bad. They need to pay for every frivolous lawsuit like it were the lottery. And to top it off they can’t participate in politics financially. Because they aren’t people. No wonder it is easier for leftists to just complain.

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  • Ken SteersJune 10, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    Hah! Most business's stay clear of politics. Survival is most largest concern

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 5:33 am

    Health insurers who recently got a phone call from kathleen sebelius found themselves in the middle of politics the same way Bill Gates did when clinton was president or any business that got a visit from jesse jackson. The lefts favorite practice when it comes to business. EXTORTION.

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 6:46 am

    How does a business stay in business? They need someone to buy their product. No customers -- no business. All the tax breaks and paycuts won't help if you don't have someone coming through the door. Plain and simple...

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 6:53 am

    I never understand the anger toward unions. Your telephone guy, the PG&E guy..... Companies you NEED to trust have Unions. For Pay??? NO! for Work safety and production QUALITY.... How good is that NON-Union suit working for you??? How about those white shirts? Have you noticed miss matched buttons, and you paid $50 for it? You get what you pay for.... Just look at the Bay Bridge problem.... China steel, and non-union crews....

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Here is business heavily involved in politics. http://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-gives-all-data-to-the-government-2013-6

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 7:03 am

    One more thing on Unions..... NON-Union strawberry pickers in Southern California ran out of the field when embers were falling on them.... they were ALL FIRED.... the United Farm Workers -- They fought to get their jobs back... even though they were NOT members.... There was no $$$$$ in that.... it was a UNITED Voice...

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 7:56 am

    Dink, does the fact that the public sector unions are, and have been crushing the middle class taxpayer and every small business in America for decades escape your tunnel vision intentionally or is it just a matter of being excusably misinformed? Who needs a union? Does a person who is capable and competent at performing the occupation they were hired to perform need a union? NO. Does the person who brings value to a business need a union? NO. Does an individual capable of negotiating their own compensation need a union? NO. Does a person who works hard and finishes their job need a union? NO. Does a person who doesn't need protection from their own incompetence need a union? NO. Does a person who has an interest is making a business successful and profitable need a union? NO. The biggest question of all is, if the private sector is so evil and the public sector is so wonderful how come the need for public sector unions when the private sector does just fine without them? I am confused, government which has all our best interests needs union protection for their employees. And by the way, unions have nothing what so ever to do with quality. If they did we would have something other that complete failure coming out of the union run schools.

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Get a clue Dink, if unions contributed to repubs they would be outlawed the same day. Public sector unions have one purpose. To allow dems to gain access to taxpayer money thru union dues which they cannot do thru any other legal means. And to create an ever expanding voter block by people who vote for a paycheck.

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Cookie: Look at the Upper Manager's 'contracts' in the public sector.... Just last week the BoS's Agenda Item #6 (Consent Calendar--so done in private and we wouldn't notice) .... a NEW upper manager with a FULL package + $104,000 [start] paycheck ...... and UNIONS have nothing to do with that... With Joe Harn (I like Joe) gets $400,000 employment package, CAO gets a +$400,000 package, and the sheriff gets a $300,000 package.... Then ALL their MID-LEVEL managers get more than $100,000 + full package.... and when they leave or fired... We have to pay them a Full Year package and pay for a replacement at the same time..... That's what is breaking the bank....

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netJune 11, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Dink--why are the BOS allowed to decide things on the consent calendar in private--without public input? What law allows that? Did the people of El Dorado vote on this?

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Dink, school superintendents get paid more than the governor in a dozen states. http://www.foxbusiness.com/government/2013/03/19/superintendent-pay-at-top-class/

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Here is another one. A school superintendent gets an $800,000 payout on top of her retirement package. http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/super-payout-for-school-superintendent-1.1445620

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:33 am

    http://articles.philly.com/1992-09-19/news/26023047_1_school-board-school-district-candidate-for-state-representative

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

    http://www.wrbl.com/story/21347974/bibb-county-buys-out-school-superintendents-contract

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:35 am

    http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/06/east_jackson_community_schools_1.html

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Dink, the rich didn't steal your money. The government and the public sector did. And you vote for it.

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 11:30 am

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-01/police-chief-s-204-000-pension-shows-how-cities-crashed.html

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 11:34 am

    http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=7083

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 11:39 am

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-pays-supplemental-pensions-to-retired-brass-2389341.php

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  • Ken SteersJune 11, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    If it wasn't for the power of the government employee unions. People would not be retiring at age 50 with full vested pay for the rest of their natural lives. Yea!!!!!!! Government Unions who run all of dinkie's progressive democrats. Hey! They are awesome.

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Cookie -- All your examples are EXCELLENT... but they are Managers....Supervisors.... and NOT Union..... Vickie was NOT Union.... The Board approves all these high paid salaries that you sighted....

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  • Dink LaneJune 11, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Ken -- the people who APPROVE these high paid NON-Union paychecks are REPUBLICAN Board Members... Remember Sweeney? Nutting? Briggs? Knight?.... Not a DEMOCRAT (Liberal) in the bunch.... and yet the Salaries go up and up... and then you turn around and say It's the Unions... Who didn't get a raise in the last 2-years.... but the Sheriff & Auditor & CAO .... because they are NOT union... They have contracts....that the BoS approved (in closed session) ..... guys wake up... They're moving the money behind your back while they hold the "Union" flashy object in your face...

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Dink, it isn't just the managers it is the entire system. A California prison psychologist was paid $745,000 in one year. The Teachers in California are paid 46% more than the national average. Are you familiar with the term "spiking" it is where the public sector employees end up getting paid more for 30 years of retirement than they did for 30 years of showing up. The Average Chicago public school teacher makes $76,000/yr plus benefits. And they go on strike if they are asked to pick up 5% of their pensions or 15% of their healthcare. It is unsustainable. The unions support every increase for the management because base pay for their members are always tied to management salaries. Look up what the University of California regents are paid and then ask why some 19 year old kid has to spend $450 on one semester of books.

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  • cookie65June 11, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    California is losing jobs and private business and the state workers are going to get a raise. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-pc-california-agrees-pay-raises-union-20130611,0,5325311.story

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  • Ken SteersJune 11, 2013 - 5:15 pm

    dinky you are wrong again. The Unions at the State and Federal levels mandated those plans. The current batch of Supervisors had nothing to do with it. Nor could they eb the tide if they wanted to. You dinky and your democrat socialist buddies are all bought and paid for by the evil corrupt Unions.

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  • Ken SteersJune 11, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Cookie and dinky, can you name a child who is getting their 4 year degree at a state school in 4 years today? Close to not being possible. dinky got what he wanted. He has his democrat socialist utopia right here in California. Now he wants to blame Eldorado County Supervisors for the problems with the public union control and power. Just take responsibility dinky. Hell you were around and voted for moon beam when he sold our sole to the unions. You voted for him again. The stink is all you dink.

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  • Michael WebbJune 11, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Hey Jon...What difference does it make???

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