Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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A very slow recovery

EDITOR: I see Mr. Longhofer is singing another chorus of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” when it comes to the dire state of our economy. It’s also interesting that the words “talking points” appear in almost every letter he writes. I guess he figures that by labeling somebody as parroting talking points he can get by without addressing those points. Good move for the intellectually bankrupt.

Now to address the small part of his letter which actually deals with something specific. Mr. Longhofer states that there is no question that we must address our deficits. Really? Mr. Obama and the Democrats didn’t get your memo, James.

This administration has absolutely no plan to address the deficit. None. Sure, they talk about it but take no concrete action. Obama has outlined no spending cuts for the rest of his entire term. We will hit at least $20 trillion in debt by 2016. Period.

Now I especially love it when Mr. Longhofer unintentionally helps make my point. He says the dire situation in Greece is not relevant to us because they are in that situation because of their inability to collect taxes. Fine, but here’s the problem. We are heading for the same crushing debt situation Greece finds itself in and we do collect taxes. In other words we already do what Mr. Longhofer said would fix Greece’s problem and we still have the problem.

What is confusing to many as to our economic problems is that there are actually two problems operating simultaneously, the recession and the debt crisis. Due to the Obama administration’s lame and counterproductive actions we are crawling out of this recession at the slowest possible speed but we are crawling out. People like Mr. Longhofer see this and sing another chorus of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and argue for more stimulus. That is borrowing more of your grandkids’ money and giving it out to be spent now. Problem is, the recession could end tomorrow and we would still have the debt crisis which threatens to make the recession look trivial by comparison both in depth and longevity.

GEORGE ALGER

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  • James E.January 30, 2013 - 10:38 am

    It's hard to believe Mr. Alger's constant whining about the deficit/national debt as the primary threat to our country -- given he doesn't believe it's important enough to raise even $1 in taxes.

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  • cookie65March 04, 2013 - 6:38 am

    I extracted this statement from the comment section on another site. "See the newest happiest countries on earth. Things that make them happy? Guaranteed college education paid for by Govt. Social Security in Old age and free health care all paid for by govt." According to this poster happiness comes from having other people pay for stuff so the majority can get it for free. The little kid in the grocery store checkout line screaming for a piece of candy gets quiet and "happy" when mommy yeilds to his demands. We have raised an entire generation on that principle. And now we have to deal with the fact that they are voting age.

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  • Average Joe +March 04, 2013 - 10:09 am

    And just where do you think all that "FREE" government money is coming from???? OBummer has is own agenda make no mistake and it doesn't include us.

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  • John SavageMarch 04, 2013 - 10:09 am

    I would like to point out to Mr. Alger that President Obama has lowered our nation's deficit by some $300 billion. Contrast that to our previous president who took us from a surplus to a $1.2 trillion deficit.

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  • James E.March 04, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Mr. Alger, don't worry, be happy. Well, about national finances. I am, however, worrying about Fred and not happy. Biopsy results tomorrow. P.S. Wasn't Mr. Alger's letter posted in late January and now it is posted again in March? Must be so good, it's good twice.

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  • cookie65March 04, 2013 - 11:46 am

    John Savage, thank you for illustrating just how big of a failure our media and union run education are. Just in case anyone wanted to know just how ignorant the obama base is, you have satisfied their curiosity.

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  • cookie65March 04, 2013 - 11:48 am

    John Savage, you remind me of a Winston Churchill quote. "The greatest argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 04, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Cookie, I'll go 2 to 1 that Dennis Rodman is trolling this forum as John Savage. Ya think?

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  • R.J. CarterMarch 04, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    I wonder what kind of grades John Savage got in math class.....Anyway, I have a close friend who is serving in Afghanistan...He just wrote home saying that due to the sequester he is no longer getting a hot breakfast in the morning, instead they are now all being issued MRE's for breakfast.....Meanwhile, this Administration spends billions of tax dollars fanny-patting Muslim dictators, along with hundreds of millions to still fund pet projects like a Monkey House in Dayton Ohio, and developing robotic squirrels just to see if they can fool rattlesnakes...Sooo, since sequestration was King Obama's idea and he signed it into law how has this administration's dealt with the outcome??.....Simply by releasing thousands of dangerous criminals back into society, while screwing over our men and women in the military....And, how do the Libs get away with it all??...They scream "the sky is falling" and blame Republicans...... Wake-up America..

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  • cookie65March 04, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Phil, you are giving John way too much credit. Rodman may have the IQ of a houseplant but John makes Maxine Waters look smart. None of them will ever top the elected dem from Georgia who was concerned that the island of Guam might capsize if it were to become overpopulated. Now that we have heard from John we at least know who these dems are talking to when they make some of these statements. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/04/01/dem_congressman_guam_might_tip_over_if_it_gets_overpopulated.html

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  • James E.March 04, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    R.J., you know I love you (in the nicest possible way), but the President signed the sequester order this past Friday and they have already cut off hot breakfast for the troops in Afghanistan?? So, hot breakfast was scheduled for Saturday AM, but given the sequester they immediately switched to MREs. Given that rations are ordered 30 days in advance from the Quartermaster, the rations for the hot breakfast were already there on Friday. Does this mean the hot breakfast rations were dumped in the trash on Saturday AM. Now, I don't doubt your friend in Afghanistan, but there are many tactical reasons a unit switches to MREs -- given the short time frame of only a day, it has to be some other reason than the sequester. Finally, and I could be wrong as I sometimes am, I doubt that the sequester is going to result in reduced or changed rations for the troops. Lots of ways to cut and cutting fresh food for the troops is not one of them. Unless under heavy combat or in a remote post, at least one hot meal a day for the troops or soon the officers will not be safe. Been there and the troops were not shy about b****ing to me about the food, or the lack thereof. Perhaps your friend can give us more details.

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  • DB SmithMarch 04, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Mr. Savage, I just read your morning post and I wanted to thank you for your humor. After a tiring day I really got a good laugh from it and feel much better now.

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  • Tom GibneyMarch 04, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    As for Mr. savage, I am reminded of the scene from the Movie "Mars Attacks" where after teh Capitol is blown up, Jack Nicholson as Pres says "Well, we've got two out of three branches of Govt. left and thats not half bad folks!" Ignorance is Bliss.

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