Political Agendas and Press Censorship
by Lewis LoflinI appreciate the Herald Courier dual editorial from Mr. Pitts and Mr. Miller on January 12, 2012. Now we know that lack of gun control in Bristol and the Tea Party in Abingdon are behind the Tucson shootings. Let's focus on another tragic killing.
16-year-old Derrion Albert was beaten to death by a gang of black thugs. The killing, caught on video, was beamed across the nation. He was one of 34 students killed in the Chicago School system in 2009 while another 290 were wounded in shootings. All victims and shooters were minorities, another fact the press never reported on.
This same school system is where half the minority students dropout and the half that do graduate are functional illiterates, was operated by present Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. So was the Tea Party responsible for Chicago killings or the minority community itself or Mr. Duncan? Chicago has among the toughest gun control laws in the nation. Guess gun control didn't work.
We hear hysterical banter about how American school system ranks 20 something behind other school systems such as Finland and Taiwan. When we break the scores apart by race, white Americans score at the top with Finland, Asian Americans with Taiwan. Black/Hispanics score right down with Latin America and Africa. Could it be that multiculturalism maintaining third-world "values" plays into the problem? Uncomfortable as these facts are, avoiding them won't help the next Derrion.
Like the Tucson shootings the left-wing press refuses to face facts and prefers twisting its reporting to fit a political agenda. Unless the press begins to fulfill its traditional role of providing facts instead of this kind backdoor attack the Herald Courier just did, then there is no hope of tackling real problems. I just can't wait for the next screed on global warming. Brrrrrr!
It's Corporatism, Not Capitalism
Re: Capitalism and democracy.
First of all the system we have is not capitalism but coporatism more similar what existed in Nazi Germany. (without the racism) This is a vast partnership of selected businesses with government to benefit both at the expense of the general public.
This extends to everything from massive corporate welfare even here in Tri-Cities to rigging the system against labor (mass illegal immigration, subsidized outsourcing) in favor of business. This is just what happened with Sprint dumping Bristol VA to collect millions in corporate welfare in Sullivan County.
The public can't vote itself free stuff at other people's expense. We need to keep a reasonable but small social safety net and not this massive welfare industry carrying millions of people that produce nothing.
Government and business must be severed to restore true capitalism. That means shrinking government and get them out of the massive amount of tampering in the economy that leads to these problems. That means reducing regulations that corporations often shape to their benefit.
No more public-private partnerships or subsidies, and severely limit government contracting. This way we can build a real private sector economy. 100 percent federal tax on all corporate subsidies from state/local governments. Simplify and clean up the tax code.
If it's too big to fail, it's too big to exist. Break it up. End unregulated derivatives trading and tax unearned income at the same level as earned income. Shut down the non-profit industry or at least bar them from public funding. Deal with these destructive corporate bought-paid for trade deals which are just more corporate handouts.
It's time those that work for a living get a fair chance instead of market manipulators and speculators joining with government to rape the citizens. Citizens must take responsibility for their lives.
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