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Grass Roots Rising: A Call to Arms for Independents PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Roger Farinha   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 05:05

I submit for your consideration that the Tea Party uprising and the Occupy Wall Street movements are one and the same. I’m sure there are many members of the Tea Party as well as Occupiers who would vehemently protest this idea. But I insist that, in order to truly take the bull by the horns, we must recognize the same underlying American Spring that manifests itself in these apparently distinct movements.

 
Understanding SuperLiberty PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Michael D. Elliott   
Monday, 31 October 2011 10:48

From the recent Quad-City Times commentary “Independents MIA in Iowa Q-C,” there seems to be some confusion as to what SuperLiberty is. Started in December 2008 as a local, nonpartisan liberty alliance, we promote all groups who support liberty.

We favor no party over another. We are neither Republican nor Democrat, Right nor Left, Conservative nor Liberal. In fact the American two-party monopoly perpetuates a false issue-based division amongst the people and helps to prevent us from uniting under the common cause of personal liberty.

 
Contact Your Elected Officials Now About Property Taxes PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Diane Holst   
Monday, 31 October 2011 10:38

Last week, the Iowa Department of Revenue issued an Assessment Limitations Order, or “rollback,” on property values in Iowa. The order adjusts the property values used by local governments to compute property taxes for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial property. The taxable value for residential property will be 50.7518 percent of the assessed value. This is an increase from the 2010 level of 48.5299 percent.

This will result in an increase to your residental property tax next September 1 if your assessment stays the same or increases if the levy rates for the various taxing authorities (city, county, schools, community college, etc.) are not lowered.

 
Occupy the Fed, Not Wall Street PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mike Angelos   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:55

As with most movements that threaten the status quo, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is being co-opted by that very status quo, under the guise of class warfare, in order to continue pitting Americans against each other.

This movement needs to focus on the big picture. The government facilitates the monopolies that corporations use to exercise their greed. And the Federal Reserve funds these elites’ escapades – wars and welfare – with bailouts and inflationary money presses.

Protesters’ anger should be directed at the Federal Reserve System, an unconstitutional banking cartel, and corporatism – the merging of big government and big business.

Ron Paul has pushed for an audit of the Fed. When America realizes the Fed creates the economic cycles that strip us of the hard-earned fruits of our labor and makes us poorer through the inflation tax, the Fed will be put out of business and we’ll see the restoration of sound money.

OWS should take a look at OccupyTheFedNow.com to understand the real problem.

Mike Angelos
Davenport

 
Comparing Paul and Bachmann PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mike Angelos   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 07:38

I am mortified. I was recently ejected from two local Michele Bachmann public events.

Why? Because I passed out a flyer comparing her voting record to that of the only other member of Congress vying for the GOP presidential nomination, Congressman Ron Paul. It listed votes on economy and spending, privacy and constitutionally protected rights, health care, and military. And it asked: “Which candidate honors their oath of office and obeys the Constitution?”

 
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