Letters

07/18/2013

 

Socialism has a cost

As a California conservative I couldn’t help but shake my head in wonderment at VCR’s June 20 editorial.  As a private-sector working sucker, I rank somewhat near the upper end of the low/lower income-bracket referenced in the editorial — but I’m forced to pay the six-figure salaries of police, firemen, other government bureaucrats, managers and politicians  as well as those of teachers and other lower-level government workers who are all still significantly better compensated than I am.  Unlike these folks, I’m not entitled to generous taxpayer-provided insurance and retirement either.  On the other end of the spectrum, neither am I entitled (I wouldn’t accept them even if I was — unlike liberals, I have a little pride) to the welfare handouts or subsidies given to the thousands and thousands of “really poor people” — but I have to pay for these, too, even though I don’t want or need them and seriously question their efficacy and morality.  I’m forced to buy insurance for my car and soon I’ll be forced to buy healthcare insurance I also don’t want and can’t afford.  Taxes are already my biggest single expense and I only see them increasing in the future.

 
  On top of this, we all know that there are severe and all-encompassing regulations and taxes placed on development — which only increases the cost of housing.  Shoot, there are costly regulations on EVERYTHING nowadays. … God knows how much this increases the cost of EVERYTHING we buy.  Heck, I’d be surprised if I kept more than 50 percent of my income.  It’s hard to get ahead — and I’m a frugal person — when half of what you earn is taken from you.  Government-caused inflation (a hidden tax) eats up my savings and wages, and government-manipulated, artificially low-interest rates artificially increase housing prices as well as punish savers like me.  Why doesn’t VCR mention this as a factor?


 So now the editor wants to throw me a few scraps and get the local government to “do something” to provide “affordable housing.” LOL.  Does it even occur to Lliberals that folks like me may not WANT “affordable housing”?  Sorry, but I don’t want to live in a condo, crowded in with the kind of people who flock to “affordable housing” developments.  Liberals:  There IS a cost to your socialism, and honest, hard-working folks like me being permanent renters — thanks to your central economic-planning — is one of them.

Name withheld in protest of Liberals who elected the spying, cheating, lying Obama admin.
 

 

Sayonara, Commiefornia

Well, the Ventura Communist Reporter is nothing if not blind!  Commie’s do everything in their power to prevent construction as well as promote heavy taxation and regulation of everything, and then whine that the cost of housing is too high for them?  What in the hell did you idiots think would result from these policies?  I do admit to taking some pleasure in seeing that some commies are also suffering, just like us outnumbered conservatives, from the consequences of their own actions.  Hey, Mr. Editor, I’ve got a suggestion for you:  If you can’t afford to buy in Ventura, head on over to Oxnard or Santa Paula to live amongst the scumbag illegals you love so much and whom you’ve allowed to overrun our state!  Go and enjoy the wonderful multiculturalism you’ve shoved down our throats! As for me, I gave up hope of buying in Ventura many years ago, and am glad, too. After the Democraps trash Prop. 13, good luck to middle-class homeowners in trying to pay your property-tax bill.  As for me, I plan to buy somewhere sane after I retire, and then it’s sayonara, Commiefornia!

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
— Margaret Thatcher

 

Name withheld out of fear the Obama-worshipping
Ventura Communist Reporter will turn me in to the IRS or NSA.
 

Pawnshop disappointment

I just read your piece on Stop Ventura Thieves, and it’s absolutely sickening to hear that Olde Town Pawn paid $200 for $5,000 in gear and never reported it to authorities. As long as thieves have a safe place to fence the goods in Ventura, they will continue to steal and spread the misery that poor Penwall experienced.

The Secret Poet
(name requested to be withheld)

 

LGBTQ services are here!

I was offended when I read your opinion piece that was written in your May 16 issue: “LGBT youth in need of tailored community resources” by Ruben Ramirez.  Obviously, Ramirez did not do his research. As the founder and director of James Cosper Stepping Stone/Ventura County LGBTQ+ Center, I want to let everyone know there are services here in Ventura County and actually opened the day after the former center closed. We currently work out of donated space in Camarillo and Ventura, but have a huge fundraiser coming up in August, the River Trail AIDS Ride and Health/Service Expo to raise money for our own building and bring back all of the AIDS services that were provided by the former center and more. As part of our health fair, we will be having a mass marriage by an ordained minister; just come with a license and participate in something that is going to be history making.  We currently have a 24-hour support line for people to call and talk about what is bothering them, 1-855-U-MATTER, free counseling services, and support groups, and a youth group that meets every Wednesday afternoon. WE also do sensitivity training and other types of trainings that deal with LGBTQ+ issues.  We have personal advocacy for court, doctors, getting county services, and any issue that people feel they need support for.  We currently have agreements with Ventura County Schools and Ventura County Public Health. We are also a source for homeless court, so people can complete their community service hours. We are a nonprofit 501-c community service company, and all of our funding comes from personal donations, and community support.  So as you can plainly see, there are services here in Ventura County, and those services will only be expanded upon, not go away.

Christine Cortez (Executive Director)
James Cosper Stepping Stone/Ventura County LGBTQ+ Center

 

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Very entertaining letters from our friends "too afraid to identify themselves"! They correctly identity the "macro" problems for California. For the past 25 years or so, it's the "micro" problems of 'dumb' voters continuing to elect libs to political office that continues to hobble California.
The "low information voter" is like an anchor around the neck of this once great state.
Daniel Webster of Webster's Dictionary fame, once proposed (very seriously) that the vote should be confined to males who had reached the age of 45! He felt (correctly) that only when a man had reached such an age, did he have common sense enough to decide important issues.
Look around and see who votes for Democrat politicians today. They're idiots. Really, they are.

posted by Scapegoat on 7/20/13 @ 06:22 a.m.

Fortunately females mature earlier. And some old guys don't mature at all. : )

The anonymous persons, if they are actually two and not the same, need to go back on their meds.
What a couple of frothing haters, with poor reality testing and scrambled logic..

posted by cassandra2 on 7/20/13 @ 09:53 a.m.

I agree with Scapegoat's comments 100%. The main reason Obama got elected for the first time in 2008 and then was reelected in 2012 was his ability to play to the low/no information voters (mostly starry-eyed college students and welfare-dependent, uneducated folks) with his fake message of "hope and change" (which never materialized, by the way).

People in these categories have very little at stake in a national election. They don't care about tax policy or the unbridled growth of government, so they can base they votes on whatever platitudinal messages are being promoted by the candidate who has the better crafted speeches and the superior command of the teleprompter. Obama's people understood this well and exploited it to the hilt. And it worked!

In closing, I'd just like to comment briefly on cassandra2's rant above. As usual, she is unable to effectively rebut the comments she disagrees with here, so she lashes out by calling the posters "haters" and being "off their meds." Typical liberal hysteria. When they don't know how to argue their views effectively, name-calling becomes their automatic fallback position.

posted by rasta_man on 7/20/13 @ 12:28 p.m.

Nothing to refute, just bogus assertions with nothing to back them up.

And as for, ad hominem attacks, yours are repeatedly off target and egregious and you have no business citing anyone else.

posted by cassandra2 on 7/21/13 @ 03:47 p.m.

cassandra2, the poster you are attacking makes some very valid points. The Obama Administration has made it easier for people who are dependent on welfare, food stamps, and other forms of government assistance to remain dependent. If they go to work, they lose out on all these generous benefits, so where's the incentive to return to work?

Plus, the more kids you have, the more money you're eligible for. So, the incentive is there for women on welfare to keep getting pregnant, especially out of wedlock because that entitles you to more money than if you are married. It also encourages the father of the child to stay out of the picture because the woman he knocked up would lose money if they were to marry.

And cassandra2, put a sock in it would you? You're the chief name-caller on this site and you know it. Stop with the petty, childish remarks and stick to the subject at hand.

posted by rasta_man on 7/21/13 @ 11:05 p.m.

Rasta _Man, I know Cassandra and her husband/partner too. They're dead-enders. End-o-the-liners. " Ready for room temperature" if you catch my drift. If it's not "peak oil", it's "Koch Brother" conspiracies. If it's not "fracking will kill us" it's "Global warming will kill us if global cooling doesn't kill us first" types.
Somehow "progressive" politics is an answer for all that ails. Human beings are the enemy. Christians are the enemy.
Illegal aliens are good, not that their human beings mind you, No! But that they ignorantly vote for stupid politicians that are progressives. They see that as the ultimate goal.
If illegal aliens tended to vote intelligently, for politicians who favored limited government, Cassandra would demonstrate for buses to load them up for a "free trip home". You can bank on that.
As it is, illegal aliens are a convenient tool for Cassandra types. The more aggressively ignorant the better.
It will take 3 generations to cure the current sickness of California. Possible bankruptcy for the state, and most probably for many cities. A great earthquake will hasten the troubles. (They're won't be any money to repair things) Look at Detroit for an illustration of "Cassandra Government" in action! LOL

posted by Scapegoat on 7/22/13 @ 07:46 a.m.

Among the calumnies of the right is the assertion that liberals do not understand economics. Actually the reverse is true, we not only understand macro econ better than conservatives but better than they would like us too.

Take the tax policy. While it's true that high taxes on the general population hinders economic growth, taxes such as California's heavy sales tax, what isn't allowed circulation in their propaganda mills is that respected independent authority showed that taxing the top incomes at even 80% would have no effect on the economy. No one has suggested anything near that level, but to say that this would kill jobs or stifle investment is the purist hogwash designed to fool weak minds and the uninformed.

This conclusion is logical as well. People who have little will spend and spend locally because they have to. These are the multitudes that affect demand, the great mover of our consumer economy. This logic is confirmed by studies.

The apologists for the plutocracy like to call more equitable tax distribution "theft", which is an irony and a half when so many appropriate what belongs to everyone, the environment, for private purpose often private harm. This is the real theft.

Another calumny they like to throw about is that it is communism or socialism to organize the nation's resources to meet the needs of all its people. Looking at the real world, however, the most successful social democracies are also vibrant capitalist economies, such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and even Germany, in some respects. I recall Henning, a Swedish fiction writer remarked in humor that no one in Sweden is even permitted to starve to death.

Characteristic as well is wholesale allegations and attributions from a position of ignorance, of which there is much among the right. Random example is blaming Detroit's 60 year decline on the current administration when it finally reaches bottom. Anyone with a gnat's understanding of the domestic auto industry's history knows that changes in the public's tastes, stubbornly bad corporate decisions, and foreign competition.

posted by cassandra2 on 7/22/13 @ 09:54 a.m.

California is beginning to recover nicely from the Bush recession, hitting here more heavily because our real estate bubble bubbled higher than other areas and other sectors important to our economy suffered especially.

But there are more important values, human values, yes, but economic values as well, than can be measured on the GDP. One example, longevity stats rate California's population among the healthiest, with available health care among the top reasons for this.

I am not personally in favor of increasing our population by immigration or any other way. Nothing would improve our state more than if those who unhappy with us were to move somewhere else. Texas would be good. Texas, as well as the rest of the Southeast, the reddest of the red states, scored at the bottom in longevity.

People who actually make, grow, care for others, wait on tables, do work of recognizable human utility are dissed by the elitist right, for the benefit of those who manipulate the markets and fight to make our nation less democratic and less fair.

posted by cassandra2 on 7/22/13 @ 10:09 a.m.

I have no more time to tussle with the trogs. My garden has been productive and I have to tend to its bounty.

I will leave it to the ardently uninformed to talk to each other.

posted by cassandra2 on 7/22/13 @ 10:14 a.m.

Oh, heck, just for the fun of messing with them:

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/econom...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17...

http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weig...

And best of all a brief piece by Nobelist economist Krugman:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05...

Oh, yeah, Forbes was against the idea. Ditto Fox and WSJ.

What a surprise!

posted by cassandra2 on 7/22/13 @ 11:53 a.m.

I'm still trying to recover from the fit of laughter that overtook me after having read cassandra2's drivel. What a joke!

She is clearly living in the Obama-mythland where everything is shiny and rosy. Time to shed the talking points and join the rest of us in the real world.

posted by rasta_man on 7/22/13 @ 04:38 p.m.
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