The Weekly Sedition

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

About Vilsack’s Pollyanna Piece (Letter to the editor (ABQ Journal))

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From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal
BCC: mikewb1971 @ Yahoo!, KCUF Media @ Yahoo!
Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2009 at 3:25 PM (MST)
Subject: About Vilsack’s Pollyanna Piece

Upon reading Secretary Vilsack’s op-ed piece in yesterday’s Journal, I noticed two glaring omissions on the Secretary’s part.

The first is that with every one of those “dollars” (really Federal Reserve Notes or “FRNs” that comes to New Mexico from Washington DC, also comes federal regulations on how the states are to spend that cash. This is what Washington does with highway money — “If you want your tax money back to spend on highways in your state, you have to agree to our conditions on how you spend it, and our conditions for anything related to those projects.”

Which brings me to the second point — the money in Obama’s programs was taxed away from productive Americans, who could grow the economy in an organic, sustainable manner by spending it themselves. How would they spend it? Let’s see — providing basic necessities for themselves and their families, donating to charities, and starting their own businesses are just three ways that they could contribute to the real recovery effort.

Mike Blessing
Chair, Bernalillo County Libertarian Party
Albuquerque, New Mexico

NOTE — This article was NOT published in the Albuquerque Journal.

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