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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?”

 
Fight Bad Laws PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mike Angelos   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 13:47

On Tuesday, a Scott County deputy pulled up behind me as I stopped at a local restaurant. He gave me a written warning for not wearing my seatbelt after checking my license and proof of insurance.

After I signed the written warning, I asked the deputy if he thought this was a good law. His response: “Yes, because it saves lives.”

I told him: “If we could put a cop in everyone’s car, that would also save lives.” Or, we could outlaw cars; that would save lives.

 
“Hold the Line” Masks Property-Tax Hike PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mark Nelson   
Friday, 19 November 2010 10:35

The Davenport aldermen’s and mayor’s “hold the line” position is at best typically disingenuous political spin. More accurately, especially to residential taxpayers, it is simply dishonest. Even if they “hold the line” on the city’s tax rate, the residential taxpayers will have a 3.41-percent increase in their property-tax bills. In the current economy, with no inflation, no reasonable basis exists for Davenport to impose a tax increase on its citizens. Adding an insult to this tax increase, the city will use the increase to pay $3 million more for public-employee costs when private-sector income is dropping. Every (non-union-sponsored) study comparing private-sector to public-sector pay shows our public employees are considerably overpaid. If the city truly wants to “hold the line,” then follow the private sector’s lead – start aggressively outsourcing the overpaid city jobs.

Mark Nelson
Davenport

 
Riley Supports De-Criminalizing Marijuana PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mark Riley   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:37

The focus of my campaign remains getting Iowans back to work and balancing the state budget by reducing government spending. In the spirit of reducing government spending and protecting our liberties, I have decided to pursue my inclination to de-criminalize marijuana use and distribution in the state of Iowa if elected to the Senate. Let me be clear that changing Iowa’s law will not change the federal classification of marijuana. Further let me also state that I will not pursue a policy of “medical marijuana” that will pit the state law against the federal law and contribute to a California-like problem that comes with taxation and commercialization.

 
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