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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Feb. 14 Issue
Russell County News

“A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” These strong words were uttered by President Obama in an address given on February 4th.

Well, here it is, 10 days later and the sky hasn’t fallen yet! This is the same president that said in his inaugural address, just three weeks ago “we have chosen hope over fear”.

It’s rather clear now that the “honeymoon is over.” I’m sure that our new President has a little better understanding now that holding the highest and most respected office in the world is going to require more than open promises and eloquent speeches.

I’m also sure that President Obama will think twice before he delegates Nancy Pelosi to write any piece of legislature that he is sponsoring. Columnist, Charles Krauthammer wrote recently that the stimulus bill “was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.”

Fortunately, Republicans, like our Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning and Ed Whitfield have recognized this abomination and have dug their heels in on passing this bill.

 Waste such as $88.6 million for new public school construction in Milwaukee where student enrollment is shrinking and they already have 15 vacant schools, with no plans of new construction.

Let’s not forget the $150 million for livestock insurance. Our Congressional Representatives here Kentucky realizes what’s happening and is working hard to see that this stimulus package gives us the biggest bang for our buck!

It does appear that folks like us are making their concerns known and our legislators are starting to listen.

Fortunately the sky is not falling and spring is just around the corner.

I’ll close with a quote from the article I referenced earlier by Charles Krauthammer, “After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end.

The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie.

The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell and that this president told better than anyone. I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.”

I thank everyone for the feedback that I receive on my articles and please remember if you’ve got something to say, say it!

May God bless,

Ron Phillips

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