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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Sept. 11 Issue
Russell County News

Have you been fooled?  

I received some fan mail about a month ago that reminded me how wide the gap is between our liberal thinking Americans and the rest of us. The letter was dated August 9, 2010 and here is what was typed, "Mr. Phillips, Enclosed please find a copy of last weeks article by Kathy Foley.

It takes the liberal view of politics. I find it very refreshing that someone whose name is on the by-line actually written by you! Seems all you do is search either the internet or other news sources and submit something written by someone else. If you insist on doing this, then at least put their name at the top and their picture. You may have some of the people fooled into thinking you actually have some writing skills." signed, "A Democrat" Wow! Where do I begin? Okay, let's see if I can muddle my way through a response that my liberal fan can comprehend.

I certainly agree that Ms. Foley is refreshing and certainly deserves a round of applause for taking the time to share her thoughts and speak her mine. I find it interesting though that 18 months after the end of his presidency, Ms. Foley like many Democrats are still blaming Bush for our countries woes.

In reading the copy of her August 7th article that my fan was so kind to send me, most of us here in Russell County do not make $200-250 thousand per year. This kind of in-the-box thinking helps identify the difference between a liberal and a conservative.

I believe if Ms. Foley and others that are so refreshed by her liberal views would take the time to look outside of their perfect world of entitlements, they would find that most businesses, small and large earn over $200,000 per year. It all comes down to one simple question?  Do you believe that people that have accumulated wealth should be forced to give it to the people who do no not have it? The United States Constitution does not support that philosophy in any way!  

My conservative upbringing and plain old common sense has taught me that the wealthy persons in our society may choose to give to the less fortunate either by charity or by that little dirty word called "employment!"

Ms. Foley raises some interesting questions and yes there have been Republicans that have appeared to have reversed course, but the real problem is our Congress not being focused on out of control spending! It does not take a degree in economics to understand that 2+2=4 (Oops, got that one from Newt Gingrich). Unfortunately the current administration is trying to convience us that this formula is no longer true. In June of 2009, the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke promised that the Feds would not monetize our debt!  

This process is when the government prints moneys to pay the bills! We as a nation will soon find out that printing money and pumping it into the economy is not a solution, but a formula for certain disaster. History tells us time and time again that this can only lead to hyperinflation.

This practice lead to the demise of Germany after World War I and helped usher in the Hitler Regime. We all know that that story did not end well!  I would like to close by thanking my Democrat fan for the letter. Too bad that I do not have a way to contact this individual. The letter had no name or return address, but I have generally found that this type of person is more comfortable criticizing anonymously. Maybe that is why terrorists wear masks so their victims don't know who is shooting at them?  

Seriously, if you have a comment or suggestion, please feel free to contact me through the Times Journal in Russell Springs. I will not print your letter or your name unless you want me too.

 I receive lots of e-mail from friends and readers and I appreciate them all! I receive nothing monetarily for my articles, only praise and gratitude from most of my readers.

 I do insist on continuing to bring you articles that others have written because I believe they too like my "anonymous fan" deserves to be heard. If you have something to say, then write it down and send it to the editor.

Who knows, they might even take your picture and print it above your by-line.

As always, thank you for reading "In My Opinion".

May God Bless…

Ron Phillips

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