Am I the only one who found it contradictory that on the front page of the Aug. 3, Tribune there was an article about Congresswoman Lois Capps’ concern regarding the serious threat to Central Coast water supplies while on the same page, in the article titled “Pismo annex request (known as the Los Robles del Mar development) gets green light?”
That approval comes with Pismo Beach’s Public Works director Dwayne Chisam’s assurance that the project now has sufficiently guaranteed new water resources to support 252 single family homes and a 60 capacity senior residence complex?
The public is assured that we no longer have to worry about the water supply to the proposed Coastal Christian School because they will dig a well on site — drawing down the area’s already limited water supply. Perhaps he’s right, or, it is OK because the magic water fairy will replenish that water. But this approval guarantees that the increased demand will prove Capps’ concern that the area will need additional water supplies and the massive, expensive, infrastructure required to deliver those acre feet we already don’t have.
Capitalism and socialism are well defined economic and political opposites. Capitalism calls for small government, low taxation, minimum private sector business regulation and minimum public sector business ownership.
Socialism calls for exactly the opposite.
Observing the recent debt ceiling arguments, one would have to conclude that Republicans strongly favor capitalism, and Democrats strongly favor socialism. Another observation of those arguments is that the Republican House of Representatives offered written legislation, while the Democrat president and Senate offered only “politics as usual” rhetoric rejecting and criticizing Republican legislation.
Maybe it is time to get real about Republicans and Democrats, and call them capitalists and socialists as they are. The American electorate would then need only to decide if its governance should be guided by capitalist or socialist principles.
But what if the American electorate should vote out a capitalist government for socialism? Will there still be an American electorate? Maybe that’s why Democrats won’t put it in writing.
A big thank you to San Luis Obispo Police. Our home was broken into by two punks in broad daylight with my teenage son home. SLOPD responded immediately, caught the two within minutes and conducted a thorough case.
They were kind, polite, calming and professional. They are awesome and I Thank God for them.
San Luis Obispo
Ban the ‘blame game’
One recommendation to get the stock market turned around and for the Unites States to regain its AAA rating is for a gag order to be implemented for all congressional members and politicians to stop the “blame game.”
Since Congress and politicians seem to be more focused on the 2012 election than on fixing the economy, the president should direct Congress to come back to Washington to work on (and implement) the specific issues that are needed to reduce the deficit.
The committee of 12 that will be coming up with the appropriate recommendations should also include three members for each of the rating agencies, so as to keep the team on focus. Until such time as the United States has a program in place, political campaigning should be suspended.
For those who would concur with Lon Allen’s column that we should pay more taxes, a list of taxes paid by Americans depending on location and status is informative. In total, the taxes add up to 202 different categories.
Would Lon care to add a new tax, or just enhance any of those that already exist?
Various sites already calculate that it is well into May of any year before those who have a job start keeping any part of their after-tax earnings.
On a federal level, I would agree we’re undertaxed when federal revenues equal only 15 percent of GDP. However, we’re currently spending at 24.6 percent of GDP, thus the staggering deficit. Current proposals that advocate federal income and spending at anywhere from 18 percent of GDP (Ryan) to 20.6 percent of GDP (Corker) are more reasonable, and would provide for a stable economy.