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Stimulus plan ‘fundamentally flawed’
To the editor:
I know that our illustrious leaders in Washington have their thoughts on getting control of the economy, but there are a few general flaws that I believe they have overlooked.
I am not an economist and I don’t claim to be, but here are a few things that I feel is wrong with the stimulus bill.
Not addressing the real issue
The real issue it seems is that our nation is finally coming to the end of the rope where it comes to living beyond our means. From the person down the street that bought more house than they can pay for, to a business owner that over extends the assets of the company and counts on a line of credit to make payroll or increase inventory. All seem to be rooted in living above our means. Does the stimulus package address this at all? I don’t see that it does. What it appears to do is support the problem and not find a solution.
The second problem is something that we don’t want to admit. The balloon of growth of the economy can only be sustained for a short period of time. The concept is simple. Let me illustrate: When it rains for 10 days straight, what happens to the yards and fields in the area? Everything becomes saturated and no more water will soak into the land, right? The rain stops and the water slowly runs off or finally starts to sink into the earth again.
That is the same way with our economy.
We can only support so much spending. The years of “beat last year” goals are not something that appears to be sustainable. The housing market is seeing it, the automobile industry has seen it and the banking industry has seen it.
There has to be a time that it stops so it can take off again later. The stimulus bill doesn’t seem to do anything about this.
Wrong type of job creation
I am all for new jobs for those who don’t have work, but realistically will the jobs that are created from this stimulus package be jobs that will make a difference?
The banker or the computer technician that has lost their jobs won’t be the ones who are hired to pave roads.
The jobs that are going to be created won’t benefit many who are currently loosing their jobs.
Also, what happens when the money has been spent? Will the jobs still be around? It seems that the jobs are only temporary and in the long run will make things worse due to the fact that it only suspended the downfall unless there is a continued pouring of money in these programs.
Answer as I see it
It is a simple but hard solution. Don’t buy what you can’t afford with money you don’t have. Don’t use credit for essentials and live within your means. A bailout isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the design of this one is fundamentally flawed.
I don’t understand why people can’t see that.
Bury the power lines, indeed
To the editor:
Thanks for your editorial [in last week’s paper] about burying service lines.
Twenty years ago when I had German exchange students, they were amazed and somewhat appalled by all the lines.
“You have such a beautiful country and (the lines) detract from its beauty,” they said.
I have never visited Europe but I hear most countries have most of their lines buried.
Trees were here first
To the editor:
I just read your latest words of wisdom on the editorial page of last week’s paper and, darn it, you stole my thoughts and words out of my mind and mouth.
The problems, suffering, hardships and losses endured by so many when these storms occur should be avoidable.
I told my sister-in-law that they should simply cut down all trees close to power lines. She pointed out that ice can take down lines without any trees around, and that trees were here before power lines so move the power lines, don’t cut down the trees.
Yes, move the power lines underground.
Mind you, before promoting it, I would want this option considered thoroughly.
Would it work? Would it be financially feasible?
I hope others read your editorial and gave it serious thought. Maybe even to the point of stirring things up in the government.
After all, we would need more taxes to do this, right?
Support for Open Hands ‘overwhelming’
To the editor:
The Open Hands Community Food Pantry would like to thank Anderson County schools, churches, businesses, civic groups and individuals who supported us during our first year of operation.
Without your contributions and continued support, the pantry would not exist.
During these hard times, it is comforting to know that we live in such a generous community.
We would also like to thank everyone who helped with the Anderson County Christmas Angel Tree program. This was the first year that the Salvation Army ran the Angel Tree program, and it was successful.
Dusty Nelson, the representative from Salvation Army, said that the generosity of our community was overwhelming.
Thank you for your support during 2008, and we hope to have your support in 2009.