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Tea Party Anyone?


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Within a month of President Obama's Inauguration on January 20, 2009, he signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package with virtually no Republican support. The American public was told it was necessary to do this in order to keep unemployment under eight percent. The most current statistic puts unemployment at 10 percent. Almost overnight, the federal government had as one of its highest priorities, weathering government building a housing projects. Streets and highways in no need of repair would be broken up and re-paved. The Federal Department of Transportation would spend millions on signs advertising the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. One such sign on Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C. announced that this federal park would be receiving a grant to, "facilitate the involvement of local youth in the removal of non-indigenous plants." In other words, the youth would be weeding. The grant money received by that agency would do nothing to save the economy. Instead of money in the hands of private business to help in the hiring process, the money went to increase the dollars in the federal government. It is important to understand that it is the private business sector which will lower the unemployment rate, not dollars in the coffers of the government.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, (Project #1R0101658001A), is a study entitled, "Malt liquor and Marijuana factors in their concurrent and separate use." This is a $400,000 project directed by a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since when is paying people to drink beer at taxpayer expense a qualification for receiving federal money? That particular study was actually a continuation of a ground breaking study done in 2007, which was also federally funded, that subjects who got drunk and high were more intoxicated than those subjects who only abused alcohol. The new study paid these pot-smoking, malt liquor drinkers, $45 to participate.

Then came the crushing blow to many Americans: the stimulus was increased from 787 billion to 862 billion. That happens to be a cost underestimate of ten percent. If a private business had to come up with an additional ten percent for outgoing funds, they would be hard-pressed to stay in business. The stimulus program was bad, but by itself was not enough to begin a movement of Americans toward a group known as the Tea Party. Under President Obama, federal spending has increased dramatically. We .....
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Hype and change. Working pretty well, is it?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Let's see. James Glassman, former undersecretary of state, notes that over a 12-month period, "total U.S. economic output, adjusted for inflation, dropped at an annual rate of 3.8 percent - the worst decline since 1946. The unemployment rate, which ..... 
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While we're waiting

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Pastor Jeanne Martin

Mark 13: 32-33 (similar words in Matthew 24: 46 and Luke 12: 35--)

"About that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert."

Some Christ ..... 
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Hein addresses ballot issue

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Al Hein

On June 1st, I walked into the Fillmore County Auditor's Office and completed paperwork, filing for the Minnesota House, District 31B. I admit I was a little uneasy filing locally, as the Secretary of State's Office is well-versed ..... 
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One moment please - Study the candidates

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

We are only weeks away from a very important mid-term election, which means candidates are watching the sand in the hourglass settle to a state of ..... 
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Social Security attacked

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Both the Democrats and the Republicans are set to gut Social Security(SS) for the young of the nation. I say for the young because they know seniors love Social Security and would vote them out of office so their changes won't affect seniors collect ..... 
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Responsible federal farm policy in 2010 and beyond

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

I joined Minnesota Farmers Union and more than 200 farmers and ranchers from across the country in Washington, D.C., September 13-15 for the National Farmers Union Annual Legislative Fly-In.

Meeting with our representatives in Congress allow ..... 
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One Moment Please - A Busy Week For Everyone

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

To say it was a busy week last week would be the understatement of the year.

While I could have dedicated endless hours or reporting just ..... 
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Habitat

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Fall was in the air, cool enough for long-sleeved shirts, a few leaves already falling from trees in a moderate breeze, blue sky occasionally peeking through gray clouds, a good day for watching migrating birds, at least that is what I anticipated. ..... 
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