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Hoping for change this time
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The re-election of Barack Obama is a tough pill for fiscal conservatives to swallow, but the country has voted.

The president spoke of reaching out in his victory speech Tuesday night and we can only hope now that he means it.

The fiscal cliff is approaching – if we haven’t already gone beyond the point of no return – and we must address it. There’s not enough tax revenue left in our dwindling economy to pay for Obama’s programs without inflicting a potentially deadly blow to our economy.

As one pundit put it, we’re choosing free stuff over our own freedoms.

We can only hope that there is movement in Washington, D.C., to stabilize the economy. Perhaps, a federal budget – you know, like the one prescribed in the Constitution – for the first time in three years would be a good place to start.

We sincerely wish President Obama, Congress and, most importantly, all Americans – those currently employed and those looking for jobs – tremendous success in uniting this country and turning around our financial situation over the next four years.

On the local front, congratulations to the county’s contested race winners, Sheriff Carlos Carrizales, County Attorney Mike Knight and County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez. All three Democratic incumbents survived the Republican wave which carried others like Ted Cruz, U.S. senator, and J.M. Lozano, state representative, to victory in this state.

Carrizales edged longtime lawman Bill Lazenby by only 55 votes; Knight easily defeated newcomer Juan Eduardo Garcia, an assistant DA; and Rodriguez downed challenger Dennis Phipps.

We hope the victors will do their best at their important positions and serve the county’s residents in a professional and impartial manner.

– Jeff & Chip Latcham
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laselva
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November 12, 2012
Salty-

Enjoy your retirement and hope you catch a big one (fish). I'm sorry you're feeling down about the Obama victory, but I understand as I went through two W victories, both of them either stolen, or so filled with Swift Boat lies as to border on stolen. I feel your pain. Unfortunately, the Bush tax cuts of the past eight years have not improved the economy because the super rich, who were the benefits of those cuts have not created any jobs. Instead, middle-men, stock brokers and others who live on commissions have seen their wealth grow astronomically. The good old days you pine for were run by men and women who employed workers, paid twice as much in income tax, yet still lived wealthy but not as a sultan or a king would.

I ask you this. Does a coal miner work any less harder than a stock trader or a shareholder? I understand the whole risk-taking side of the argument, but to earn 25,000 times more than the worker? To manipulate stock prices and drive up the cost of goods while doing nothing but pushing a button? Historically, management earned about 24 times what the Worker earned.

I'm not saying wealth needs to be regulated, but excessive wealth (in this case $20,000 per week net, not gross), should at least be taxed. I know what my tax bill will be when I eventually sell my various stocks. But I just pushed the "buy" button, I didn't get any blisters, bruises or even put in gas to get to work. End the Bush tax cuts and get the U.S. out of debt.

y poquito mas, amigo. Hang un nil ni bida.
feelark
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November 13, 2012
Bien dicho, muy bien, laselva.
Saltpork
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November 11, 2012
Saltpork has left the building.

Gone fishing.

Ya'll keep working each and every day. Take all the overtime you can get. I need my free stuff.

I'll be checking on you from time to time. Don't you take a day off.

I'm giving you a challenge. When I get back I want you to have exceeded the lies you tell. Really, really work on that. I know it will be hard but have confidence ya'll can do it.

Rise to the challenge! Step it up!

I want some great Benghazi lies. Improve on those Petraeus lies. Throw in some Israeli and Iran lies. Give me your best shot.

Most of all keep working cause I really need my free stuff.
feelark
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November 11, 2012
Got you covered on the work, there, Salt-meister, but my efforts are more on the behalf of children--our future, and I rarely miss a day. If there are any proceeds left after that, you would be more than welcome to them. As for lies, can't help there, Amigo, I only go with reliable, proven stories
DifferentView2
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November 11, 2012
What, you still have your fishing pole?

So has President Obama stopped by to pick up your guns yet? I hear that he going down the list alphabetically.
DifferentView2
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November 15, 2012
Hey Salty,

Did you hear that rich people voted for Romney because he promised to give them stuff? Cut the capital gains tax rate to zero. Reduce corporate tax rates by 20%. Approve the Trans-Canada pipeline while environmental studies were still being conducted. The list goes on...
Saltpork
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November 10, 2012
No, when the "Foreign Born Muslim" was reelected by fools I said, "Goodbye America."

From a friend... not my words, but, certainly my sentiments



________________________________________

The Republican angst...eloquently stated...on this sad day. Forwarded to me by a friend...

As I write this, I fear that "We" have lost a meaningful chunk of a great country. The America I've loved is no more. Or at least it is "less." And in 4 years, it will probably be much less. This was a tipping point election -- one where the minorities that will become majorities made the difference. Conservatism as I know it is basically dead.

The flags I own and have flown on celebratory days over the years have lost some of their meaning. Their stars are fading. We are no longer 50 states. We are a now big state with several coastal principalities run by people we don't know, but who know what's best for us.

And they will soon tell us what we need to believe. The Big Mac is on life support.

Our government is destined to gridlock us into the abyss. And while that happens, substantive aspects of society will be molded not by law, but by executive order and bureaucratic decision. A structural change to our government will emerge that will manage us like marionettes from places like DC and Sacramento, more so than we could imagine in the worst of Orwell's and Rand"s scenarios. I won't live to see the modernization of Society that a reconfigured Supreme Court will bequeath. My grandchildren will if America lasts.

My love of country touches every part of my life, from the non-revisionist history I read, the flags I fly and collect, the parades I attend, to the heroes I worship. My country's soul has been in the process of change for decades. Much of it like civil rights for the good. Religious rights are being coalesced into a politically acceptable scheme of no reds and greens, Kwansas, and holiday trees. It now seems like America is destined to be unrecognizable to the likes of me in short order. I feel like I did when I lost my father. I can't fix what has happened. Sadly, I have to sit back and watch.

It's all about who's taking us down this slippery slope. What happened last night after the disastrous experiment of the past 4 years emphasizes this change in values and its depth.

Not that Romney was a Ronald Reagan, but he was a man of honor, integrity, experience, moderation, substance, success, and acumen. We could look at his record, his life and his family and know him and how he has become the man he is. We knew how he thinks. We knew from where he came, and could predict where he'd take us. How will America ever again convince someone who has spawned great success in private life, a life that can be examined without taint, to ever run for high office? We are doomed to politicos and cronies of the worst kind based upon how this man was denigrated by his opponent and the Media during this campaign. The way he's been treated saddens me.

Ah yes, the Media. Fox read the tea leaves wrong. The NY Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MS*** didn"t tell the story...again, or created a positive enough story to blurr the truth of our situation. We are poorly served either way. Each is partisan, but Fox is more honest -- at least there's a semblance of both sides having a say.

Regardless, we now face 4 more years of being led by a man who we really don't know, who spins everything to his political advantage, and who is backed by who knows? By his hand, this country has never been more divided into "social" splinters of all causes and kinds. Our foreign policy is an inconsistent and anemic mess. Our military is surely demoralized regardless of what they say. The Benghazi fiasco and it's 2 months of contrivances and diversion is a sad testimony to the Media's morality. And more importantly, to our president's. The mullahs and Hezbollah can now conduct their Muslim subversion in relative calm until their bomb is ready. A nuclear Mid-East is in the offing.

And of course there's the Economy. Last night I texted my daughter Julie that now our children have free birth control and 50% of their inheritance. DC gets the other 50%. Actually it will be much less as the dollar shrinks and markets continue to stagnate as the government spends and prints. If it was the Economy that was the issue, the vote didn't consider it because America just gave its wheel to a man who doesn't have a plan, doesn't understand how America's engine works, and wants to fundamentally (there's that word again) change America to some version of Europe --hopefully not Greece!

Actually, the Economy didn't count in the end because half of us don't care about it. Half of us are producers who help create jobs, work, pay taxes, and don't see Uncle Sam as their safety net. The other half collects, uses services they don't pay for, or works for the government and sees a pensioned horizon. We are truly a nation of consumers and much of what's consumed is basically free and distributed at the government trough. We know it as redistribution, entitlements or now as "stash." Where are you Margaret Thatcher?

But the saddest thing of all to me is the arrogance we will have to face from our Leader and his minions over the next 4 years. I guess if I knew who he really was, or if he'd answer a question in less than 20 paragraphs, or if he'd say something other than he'll study it and get back to me, or if he'd learn to use the corporate "we" instead of "I", I'd feel better. But then again, would I believe him or trust him? I doubt it. I also hate the debasement of the Office by his Hollywood associations, rappers, sports icons, strange leftists, the Unions, and his misuse of time and perks. The presidency is not a TV show that needs to have celebrity walk ons every week.

I weep for the America I knew:

The one that unashamedly had the word God in its motto, it's speeches and it's schools.

The one without the posters and the O-shaped neo-symbol in red, white and powder blue.

The one that didn't think everything needed to be fixed.

The one that could write, spell, read, think, and add 2 2 without a computer.

The America that didn't press 1 for English.

Old-fashioned? You bet I am.

Reelected by the most non-productive element of society we could imagine. By the, "where's my stuff" people. Again I say, you will reap what you have sown.
feelark
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November 11, 2012
My, my, Salty.....what's next, McCarthyism? Will Faux News lead a drive to "root out those danged Commies"? Move forward, amigo, you are living in the past.
Saltpork
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November 09, 2012
Paula is pretty "HOT"

I'm sure glad it was a female. I've pre-ordered Paula's book at Amazon.

He was head of the CIA. Do you think, did he think, this wouldn't become known about 10 minutes after it happened?

Listen up! This was all George Bush's fault....

feelark
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November 09, 2012
And Petraeus is a self-confessed Republican--woo hoo-but they are above reproach in Salty's dark little world.....
DifferentView2
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November 09, 2012
Well, it looks like some people will never change. F o u r more years in an alternate universe for Salty. LOL!
Saltpork
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November 09, 2012
Oh No! Say it ain't so! CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned. Wonder why? Did he give us too much information on Benghazi?

Personal reasons? Well, well, that didn't take long. In his own words, states it was an extramarital affair. Strange as an extramarital affair didn't slow Clinton down.

I often wondered how a great war fighter like Petraeus could stomach working for Obama?

Hey feelark, BM!
feelark
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November 10, 2012
And Salty, in reference to the "BM" you closed with, methinks you must be referring to what you had when the news hit you that the Prez got re-elected....hee hee!
Saltpork
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November 09, 2012
Bring it on kids. Enjoy your "Days of Wine and Roses"

You are like an alcoholic opening his first beer of the day from a case of 24. Feeling pretty good right now, are you?

Checked your 401K in the last couple of days? Obama will strip the life savings of the right and the left. In that effort he will be fair.

Any of you lefties own guns. Feinstein is already gearing up to take them from you.

The defense industry has announced thousands of layoffs. Wonder how many Obama supporting union members will lose their jobs?

Cuts in Medicare and Doctor's payments. Small businesses opting out of providing healthcare. Where are you going to find a doctor that will treat your elderly family members? Grandma have a serious illness? No treatment for her. Obama will give her end of life counseling. Encourage her to pick out a nice plot in one of the local cemeteries. Just be quick about it. An insurance expansion with a reduction in providers. Get ready for a medical nightmare.

So, how many of you lefties are planning a Ski/Pot trip to Colorado? Break a leg.

feelark
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November 09, 2012
Salty, you may want to do an auto-scan on your TV--there are other news channels beside Faux News, which is where the bulk of your allegations seem to be coming from--at least do like I do and scan a few channels for some differing viewpoints. It's gonna be OK.....really!
DubiousForever
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November 08, 2012
It is a far, far, better thing I do...lol!
Saltpork
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November 08, 2012
No View2 I would never get witty with a Liberal.

I recognize that you liberals are far more intelligent than we conservatives. Consider, we still believe in the Constitution.



Not only did you elect Obama you reelected him. I can't compete with that for intellect.

Like I said, may you reap what you have sown.
feelark
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November 09, 2012
And you righties believe it's Constitutional to give big money and T. Blossom Rove a free rein to run the country via Citizens United? Didn't work so well this time, eh?
laselva
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November 08, 2012
Salty-

It's about time, and welcome to the light. And don't worry, as an artist and writer, I will probably be working until I drop. So wish me great success, and I will make sure that your checks, medicare and food stamps keep you healthy and happy in your golden years. Green fees, bullets, flack jackets, night vision goggles and bowling costs will still have to be paid for out of your personal bank account, but now you'll have plenty of time to supplement your food supply with a bit of recreational fishing and hunting.
Saltpork
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November 08, 2012
Here I am switching to your side and you're still calling me a sore loser?

He is now my Santa Claus too. I'm down with raising taxes on anybody that makes over $50,000. Heck, let's make it $40,000. I'm ready for those military cutbacks too. Two sailors and a rowboat should be sufficient for a maritime fleet.

Worst comes to worst we could recall lase to active duty.

No one should own over an acre of land so let's break up all these big ranches and give an acre each to our recently arrived friends from south of the border.

Let's open the border to all. Along with downsizing the military we should open the prison gates. Send them boys and girls home to their families before Christmas. I'm going all out with my new Progressive Liberal state of mind. This is going to be fun.
DifferentView2
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November 08, 2012
Yes, from your sarcasm it is apparent that you are a sore loser. However, do you actually want to get witty with a liberal? After all, the rust has clogged your mental gears for decades.

Please enjoy your retirement knowing that there is nothing that you can do to change the results of the election because your hopes (along with KKKarl's hopes) were disappointed when the results didn't get fixed in Ohio.

So Salty, please have fun with your sarcasm, your newly leased progressive liberal state of mind, and that the Affordable Care Cat will survive so I can post more photos of felines. Yes, I'm ROTFL!!!
Saltpork
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November 08, 2012
Oh I'm dealing with it. Dropped my retirement paperwork yesterday effective 31 December. No more taxes from earned income to support the freeloaders. Now I'm on Obama's Plan. I'm one of you!

I do need some of you Progressives, Liberals and Democrats to keep working to pay for all my entitlements. Yep, the people spoke and I'm dealing with it. No more work for me. Where is my free stuff?

"FORWARD" me the checks. Most work I'm going to do is open the mailbox. The Days of Hope and Change are behind me. I'm going "FORWARD" with Obama's kids.

Maybe I'll see you all in line at the DHHS.

DifferentView2
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November 08, 2012
Yes, your comments confirm that you are a sore loser. LOL!
feelark
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November 08, 2012
You are dealing with it rather sarcastically, which is a step above most of your conservative counterparts who prefer old fashioned tantrums--four year long tantrums!
laselva
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November 08, 2012
Sore losers aside, the re-election of President Obama was the best thing for us. Throughout the world many nations, rich and powerful, poor and backwards, are facing tough economic times. The U.S., under Obama's leadership is one of the few coming back strong from the collapse of the world markets only a few years ago. Letting the Bush tax cuts lapse, along with cuts to redundant government programs will bring in trillions of needed dollars. Ending two wars will save billions in military costs. One can only hope for the best, maybe this time moderate Republicans will ditch Norquist and his idiotic pledge, and do some good for their country.

I do have one simple question: if the world is in debt, just who are they in debt too? Could it be the same folks who bankrolled and lost this past election?

Just asking.
feelark
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November 08, 2012
Thank the Almighty that America woke up and voted Progressive! The people have spoken--deal with it!
Saltpork
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November 08, 2012
We will all reap what has been sown.

Continue to teach your kids right and wrong. Teach them how to protect and defend themselves.

These are dark days but shine like the sun to those coming.
DifferentView2
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November 08, 2012
And another sore loser.
reholmes
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November 08, 2012
Its a very sad time period beginning for our country today. The people that wish for a corrupt government to take care of them have out numbered the ones that have worked to keep our nation great, free and prosperous. God please help our country and bless those whom have been mislead.
DifferentView2
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November 08, 2012
What a nice way of saying the presidential electorate isn’t capable of rational self-government.

I'll be more blunt. You are a sore loser.