Several years ago when I was in Japan, the Japanese government had a 200 percent import tax on all products manufactured in the United States. This ensured that, with all of the U.S. bases in Japan, the Japanese would buy Japanese made automobiles, motorcycles, watches, etc. Any item which sold for more than $10 required that the import tax be paid.
This leads me to wonder about an import tax on all goods manufactured in foreign countries that are being shipped into the U.S. Do you suppose that if the congress and our president imposed a steep tax on all goods manufactured in foreign countries that many of those industries that have moved overseas for cheap labor might be in a hurry to return to the U.S. Worth thinking about.
President Obama says that he needs another four years. For what? To be a lame duck president? If he is re-elected we can count on it.
Former President Clinton said no president, not he or any of his predecessors could fix the economic in four years. Clinton should know, he signed the North American Free Trade Agreement which took millions of jobs from this country.
In 2008, when President Bush was our president, our national debt was $9.1 trillion! Today our national debt is $16 trillion.
Hazel M. White
Successful people will share willingly
Listen up: This is an emergency! Four years ago, Barack Obama's campaign slogan was "Hope and Change." Well, guess what? Too many Americans who are without jobs, others who can not earn enough to support their families, others who have retired and find their savings dwindled by economic disappointment due to mismanaged government, students who see no future jobs, citizens, who fear for our security in this terror fueled world, future generations burdened with a minimum $16 trillion debt, our country is tipping toward hopeless.
Change - what change? Our democracy is fast turning into a socialist country, when those in Europe have proven that socialism doesn't work. We can not let our founding fathers down, they gave us a constitution to limit government and encourage the individual to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: All our past generations have been willing to work hard, play by the rules, praise success and enjoy the fruits of our labor. As parents and grandparents, we encourage our offspring to study hard, compete in sports, in music, art and science, challenge ourselves and reach for the stars. If we take the incentive of success away, we will become homogenized. We must let the cream of the crop rise and set the example that performing well in whatever we choose will be rewarded not discouraged.
No, we do not want socialism. We want people to strive to be their best and earn good success; because human nature shows that successful people are more apt to share their wealth willingly, not forced by government.
This I sincerely encourage you - the American voters, to "Believe in America" and elect Mitt Romney for president of the United States of America 2012 and let's return our country to its former constitutional self.
Laurie H. Morris