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Our current economic mess


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

More than 30 years ago I watched a five-part special on the military that one of the big television networks ran. It was full of inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and outright lies. It was garbage, or as close to it as you can get. That was a tipping point. After a being constantly irritated by distortions and foolishness, I gave up watching the news. I haven’t watched any television news since, to include Fox.

Also, I have gone to only one movie in the last 25 years. To check how “with-it” I am, I thumbed through the lastest issue of my wife’s People magazine to see if there were any people I recognized. In the 150-plus pages I recognized only five. Dr. Phil, Ellen Degeneres, Elton John, Miss Piggy, and Kermit the Frog. Moreover, I haven’t paid much attention to what politicians from either party say either. I feel a whole lot better.

How then, do I try to understand what is going in the world? I read. Mostly books and good journals and very little that shows up on the internet. Since I don’t listen to much of what politicians say, how do I make up my mind about them and positions they take?

That’s the easy part. Mostly I watch what they do. And then I watch what those results are. That is why I am conservative and no longer a liberal. So, how are we doing?

•FDR created Social Security 75 years ago.

•Fannie Mae has been around for 72 years.

•Medicare and Medicaid were started 45 years ago.

•Amtrack was established 42 years ago.

•Freddie Mac began 39 years ago.

•Government has run the Post Office for 235 years.

Any common theme here? Actually there are two. First, they are all government creations designed to make our lives oh so much better. Second, they are all broke or need huge taxpayer subsidies.

In addition, LBJ initiated the War on Poverty 46 years ago. After spending trillions of dollars it has been a complete failure. It is now costing us over $1 trillion a year.

33 years ago Carter gave us the Department of Energy. Its principle goal was to help decrease the country’s dependence on foreign oil. It too has failed completely. But it still has 16,000 bureaucrats employed on a $24 billion annual budget.

Great track record isn’t it? Now liberals want us to believe that Obamacare will save money and also provide better health care.

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To insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis It appears that if we want to “Insure Domestic Tranquility and Promote the General Welfare,” we Americans will have to find a way to combat the growing violence in our society. I was taught that all of us are born into t ..... 
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One Moment Please.... Governor Dayton: Right idea, but not a state issue

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This may not be an exciting issue to talk about, but it is relevant to every business and consumer in the state of Mi ..... 
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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One Moment Please....Our future

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Our Team Sheena Tollefson, the Creative Director for the Fillmore County Journal and Olmsted County Journal, recently attended the Minnesota Newspaper Assocation annual conference in Bloomington, Minn. At this annual event dedicated to media prof ..... 
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Gettysburg Jacket

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

I’m back in a classroom again, subbing. The other day I had to grab my raincoat to fend off the elements while helping students through the crosswalk, and I noticed something as I was buttoning up the snaps. “This is my Gettysburg raincoat.” ..... 
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One Moment Please.... Are we there yet?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Since realizing the calamities of the financial crisis of 2008, economists have been analyzing data and attempting to educate us on the state of our U.S. and global economy. Wall Street is seeing record levels with the Dow hitting 14,000 points for ..... 
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Trust and government

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Polls over recent years demonstrate a declining trust in government, especially Congress. A recent Pew Research Center poll suggests citizens in rising numbers feel that the federal government threatens their personal rights. In 1995, 36 percent fe ..... 
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Over the cliff

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson I’ve quoted him before but it is appropriate to do so again. Historian Arnold Toynbee once said something to the effect that great countries and empires are not defeated, they commit suicide. The authors of the book I am John G ..... 
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