Letters to the Editor for Jan. 21, 2013
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.
Leave benefits alone
Congress seems to play around with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, wanting to cut those benefits for the people of the United States. Who do they think put them in Congress?
Those benefits are for the people of the U.S., who have either worked for them or, because of health, are in need of them.
If necessary, cut down on the money given to other nations. If they can't find other things to cut, then cut their pay to avoid having a problem with the debt ceiling. There are other options than sticking it to the middle class or the poor.
Your job as a congressman or woman is to help the people that put you there, not to make it more difficult for them.
I'm sure there is a way to solve this in a cooperative way. Let's work together. That's what you're there for.
OK with consultants
I think it's important for The Sun's readers to have some additional information that wasn't mentioned in a recent article about the money spent by Gainesville Regional Utilities on consultants last year.
First of all, the article doesn't mention that outside counsel (these consultants are all attorneys providing legal advice) is a very common tool used by municipal governments. Outside counsel is probably being used in many cases before the city of Gainesville and GRU right now, so that these entities can have the best, most expert advice possible.
Second, the article doesn't mention that GRU, which has a budget in the hundreds of millions of dollars, is spending only a tiny fraction of their budget on outside counsel. A new power plant will be very, very expensive; I don't mind GRU spending a relatively small amount of money being sure that we are getting the best legal advice possible.
Corrupt money system
All the verbiage regarding the "fiscal cliff" served to obscure the real problem, which is our corrupt money system. The nature of our money system is never discussed.
Here is a brief explanation. The misnamed Federal Reserve is a group of private banks that loan money to the government by purchasing U.S. treasury bonds, with the interest on the bonds paid by the people in the form of taxes.
The government should create money debt-free, as mandated by our Constitution. The current system enables our government to engage in foreign aid and conduct foreign wars that are highly profitable to the banks and corporations that make war materiel.
The "War on Terror" thus serves the dual purpose of enriching the bankers and corporations while depriving Americans of their constitutional rights.
Remember President Eisenhower's counsel not to allow the "military industrial complex" to "endanger our liberties or democratic processes."