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My state, Alabama, is said to face a budget deficit requiring 1.5 Billion in new taxes (25% of the state’s 2002 revenue).
It is a phony claim for several reasons:
*Alabama’s constitution prohibits deficit spending, and provides pro ration instead.
*State tax revenues have increased $625 million (11 %) from 1998 through 2002 (latest figures)
* The bulk of the “crisis” is said to be under funded public schools. A bogus claim, but mega bucks for the all powerful teachers union. No publi official has ever detailed the “shortfall”.p>I strongly suspect that except for a few states, like California, the Crisis is manufactured just as it is in Alabama. br> — G.B. Hall br> Montgomery, AL /p> p> PIKES PIQUE br> Re: Reid Collins’ Let’s Not Go to the Videotape /p> p>Mr. Collins needs to take a closer look at American History. Not only did the founders come here for freedom to worship as they pleased, to explore new lands, to do as they pleased, they also did put heads on pikes. In Plymouth colony. I’m not suggesting it’s what should or should not have been done, nor am I implying that we should or should not do the 21st century-technologically possible equivalent. Simply that Mr. Collins should better check his facts. br> — unsigned /p> p> ON THE MOVE br> Re: Reader Mail’s Talking Back to Old Europe : /p>
Several eloquent writers (Carrigg, Diaz, Dana and Tinder, among others) supplied considerable “comeuppance” to a demented view expressed earlier — but there was one point about the Middle East apparently forgotten: The Arabs/Palestinians of that general region were nomads. Nomads! They went wherever there was something-to-get/find/eat. And when a bunch of Jews turned the desert into citrus groves, gardens and a very livable place?p>Then, by golly, more than a few of the former camel caravans decided to stay put, stick around, and partake of the goodies — nomads no more. Just thought I’d remind you about some history most have ignored … br> — Geoff Brandt br> Everett, WA /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?