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Too many greedy corporations trying to co-opt government

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Too many greedy corporations trying to co-opt government

George Will writes in his Jan. 24 column, “Don’t even think of protesting this government outrage,” about one corporation using eminent domain to take another corporation’s building. The problem with Will is he stops there and doesn’t explore why.

A wise woman, Granny D, used to say, “If the government is acting stupid or crazy, follow the money.”

An even more egregious case involves government taking private farmlands (and arresting owners who resist) so a foreign oil company can run the filthy Tarsands [Keystone] XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Corporate-owned politicians (who should wear corporate logos on their jackets, the way NASCAR drivers do) are pushing [President] Obama for State Department approval.

Meanwhile, thousands of citizens are putting their bodies on the line this President’s Day Eve (Feb. 17) at the White House to demand that our president, who doesn’t need any more election bribes, do the right thing for we the people and future generations.

In New York, greedy petroleum corporations want Gov. Cuomo to allow them to frack and run pipelines (drill and spill) over and under our properties without our consent. Will Obama and [Gov.] Cuomo resist the corporate oil bullies or will we lose more of our republic to corporatocracy (as Republican President Lincoln warned 150 years ago)?

Let’s join with [author and environmentalist] Bill McKibben’s 350.org in holding their feet to the fire. Our children’s futures depend on it.

Peter Looker

Scotia

Government too big for taxpayers’ good

Big government is destroying the private sector with high taxes, fees, unfunded mandates and out-of-control regulations.

Private sector businesses are burdened with insurance costs, the Affordable Health Care Act, liability compensation and unemployment disability. Not to mention that you need a CPA [certified public accountant] to do taxes because no one can decipher them.

This government is like the old feudal system, where they have a kingdom and peasants who plant seeds, grow crops, raise livestock, weave cloth, etc. When it is time to reap their hard labor, the king comes along and takes away most of their hard labor.

It is time to sever the head of big government. Vote out free-spending politicians. Pay down the national debt. Simplify the tax codes.

We all need a form of government, but it is not this one.

George Lyman

Halfmoon

Keep social misfits from resorting to violence

After every horribly tragic event like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., we learn that the killer was a social misfit. He thought he was picked on, discriminated against, not accepted, unfairly treated, or in some way not appreciated for being basically the decent person he probably felt he was. Society became his enemy. OK. He’ll show ’em.

What if each of us tried, against our natural instincts, to be accepting and friendly to that unpopular guy we might know who seems like such a weirdo?

It would be a challenge to overcome our reactions, and we might be rebuffed, but [we should] keep trying. Consider it a kind of game. Could we have a conversation? Can I make this guy accept me? What’s the reward for your effort? Like any game, there is satisfaction in winning, and the greater the odds against, the more the satisfaction.

More importantly, if he believes I accept him, he knows the whole world is not his enemy, and you have offered a channel in which in which he can vent his feelings harmlessly.

John Edward Bigelow

Rexford

Lack of accountability makes a big difference

When [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the mess in Benghazi, she had a confrontation with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

When pressed on how the nation was misled by [U.N. Ambassador] Susan Rice about the attack, Clinton responded, and I paraphrase, that there were four people dead, what difference [“at this point”] does it make [“whether it was because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans?”] We need to take steps so it does not happen again.

Well, Mrs. Clinton, I bet every doctor who has been sued for malpractice would love to use your defense.

Forget accountability, let’s just make sure it doesn’t happen again. How about the asbestos manufacturers; they would still be in business and not have lost millions of dollars in litigation and court settlements had they used your defense: “What difference does it make?”

In fact, it does matter. There are two parts to how her department handled the situation in Benghazi under her watch — corrective actions and accountability. Seems like she only wants to look at one area, corrective action, and forget about accountability.

Patrick Shaffer

Rotterdam

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January 30, 2013
8:01 a.m.
ronzo says...

Government too big for taxpayers’ good: George - if you don't want big government you should start in your backyard. March to your town hall and demand that they dissolve that government with the other 18 just like it and consolidate into ONE Saratoga County government. Then march to the 6 villages in Saratoga County and demand that they each dissolve into the county. Then march to your school district and demand that they merge with the other 11 school districts and consolidate into one Saratoga County school district. Then march to your local firehouse and demand that they merge with the 23 other fire districts plus the two city fire departments in the county and consolidate into one county fire department. Then march to your water authority and demand that they dissolve along with the other 103 in Saratoga County and let the county provide all water. So far that's 166 government entities in little rural Saratoga County. Then go to your sewer district and do the same thing, plus all the other tax districts that are so numerous. Then march to Albany and demand that the state mandate that each government entity in each county do the same thing that you demand of Saratoga County. When you're done speaking to deaf ears, you can complain all you want about the Federal Government because they are amateurs compared to New York.

January 30, 2013
8:13 a.m.
albright1 says...

John Edward Bigelow,

Well done, those are words to live by....

January 30, 2013
8:26 a.m.
albright1 says...

Peter Looker, why don't you get in your van(corporation)and burn gas (corporation) and drive on roads (paving by corporation) and go to Starbucks (corporation) and have some coffee (corporation). Then sit down in your chair (corporation) and type another letter on your computer (corporation) about the evil corporations.

January 30, 2013
1:11 p.m.
catherine9966 says...

Well said John Edward Bigelow! Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don't have to be a Christian to live by those words.

January 30, 2013
2:37 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

albright1:
The cognitive dissonance you display is nothing short of breathtaking.
Are you having a stroke?

January 30, 2013
3:09 p.m.
albright1 says...

Really Fritz, do you see conflicting beliefs? How so?

January 30, 2013
6:48 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

abright1:
Are you kidding?
"Peter Looker, why don't you get in your van(THAT HE PAID FOR)and burn gas (THAT HE PAID FOR) and drive on roads (THAT HE PAID FOR) and go to Starbucks (THAT ONLY EXISTS BECAUSE WE BUY THEIR STUFF) and have some coffee (THAT HE PAID FOR). Then sit down in your chair (THAT HE PAID FOR) and type another letter on your computer (THAT HE PAID FOR) about the evil corporations.

Corporations don't give us a single thing out of the goodness of their hearts, yet they expect us to give them tax breaks, welfare, and regulations that hurt us.
All of which WE, get to pay for.
Corporations couldn't exist without US, not the other way around.

Do you send them gifts, and thank you notes because they were so nice very enough to let us buy their stuff?

Corporations don't give a damn about you.
Never did, never will.

January 31, 2013
8:04 a.m.
albright1 says...

Well Fritz,

I guess some folks, yourself included, think that all corporations are made up of evil people who sit around all day thinking of ways to screw people. Others know better.

January 31, 2013
12:32 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

Care to name a few that aren't? BP? Walmart?

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