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What happened to our country?

November 9, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Is it me, or is the country going to you know what, in a hand basket?

The job market is down and prices are going up. The military used to be a way to serve your country, and also a way to start a career. Employers smiled when they saw military duty on a resume.

You took pride in the coal mining because you knew that not only the state was looking to you, but an entire nation and parts of the world.

The government is teaching others to look down on the industry. Now, the coal industry is struggling to stay alive and faces an administration that keeps firing shots across their bow using the EPA and court rulings whenever they can't get legislation passed to sink the business.

Didn't the UMWA get some of our senators and representatives in Congress and a president elected? And gone are the days of insurance at the workplace.

Remember when you applied for a job? The benefits were just as important as the money, the vacation or even the parking place that was offered.

Now, it will cost an arm and a leg - in some cases literally - to get coverage as companies and corporations cannot afford to cover most of their people. Ask the folks at UPS.

Guess what? You will be forced to buy insurance and give in to the government as to what they will and will not cover. And it looks like the cost is going to be as bad or worse. The unions that helped get a man elected are even getting stabbed in the back as they too will be affected by the Obamacare insurance plan that the government is attempting to shove down your throat.

And our representatives in Congress, who look to close that gap between rich and poor, are getting special treatment with a waiver. Thank goodness they're covered. I was concerned - yea, right!

Yep, I see that gap closing. And wanting to rewrite the Second Amendment on the right to bear arms. It is easier to control a group when there are no weapons.

I understand Secretary of State John Kerry may be signing something at the UN that may have a direct affect on the Second Amendment. Look it up and call your Congressman.

The U.S. and its military were once known as the gentle giant around the world. Great to have on your side in a crisis but, heaven forbid, don't anger him. Seems our reputation in the world has been soiled. It's called poor foreign policy. Remember this phrase, "He who hesitates is lost."

And with the scandals going on all around us with Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the NSA, IRS and the rest of the alphabet. And don't forget the computer glitches on Obamacare. Did you know a Canadian firm designed the program and there was no bidding process either? Another scandal. Make you sick?

The U.S. government, what a great example for our kids to follow. Makes you want to canonize one of our past presidents. Saint Richard of Nixon - naaa, doesn't quite sound right.

My point through all of this is what would your business or, more importantly, family look like if you ran it the way the government runs our country? What would your own life look like if you ran it this way?

Please, don't be afraid to call your representatives. Don't be afraid to speak your mind. And talk softly but let them know you're carrying a big stick. It's called the ballot box! They work for us.

Oh, and one last thing to remember. Red and blue, they're just colors that belong in a crayon box.

Clark Martin




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