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In his column of (Dec. 20), Jack Batson trumpets partisanship: Vote Democrat and they will soak the rich.

Democrats will raise taxes on the rich. That means taxes will go up for all of us. When taxes on corporations go up, the increase is passed on to – guess who? – you and me. According to Mr. Batson, that’s good. He tells us all of the things that our taxes have done for us.

Well, he really doesn’t tell us about all the ways the government is spending our money, only the things they are supposed to do.

What he doesn’t say is that we are supporting 12 million illegal immigrants in the Democrats’ hope that they will receive some form of amnesty and vote Democrat. He doesn’t tell us about the $17 trillion in debt run up by our government, the biggest share by the Democrats.

If the government only did what it is authorized to do in the Constitution, we wouldn’t have big debt and we wouldn’t have to increase taxes.

Democrats, good guys; Republicans bad guys. Right? Wrong!

Almost all of them are bad. What we need to do is find people who will support America and the limited government defined in the Constitution. We need to get rid of the corrupt Republicans and Democrats. Taxes are just a symptom of the failure of both parties to do their jobs. Their responsibilities are clearly defined by the law of the land. If they were loyal to their oaths, we wouldn’t be paying the taxes we pay now. Corrupt!

I don’t know what never-never land Mr. Batson is living in, but he should know better. You and I can’t afford to live on money we don’t have. Why should our government borrow us into bankruptcy? No, Mr. Batson, we need responsible representatives no matter what we call them. We sure don’t have them now. Flush the Washington toilet – Democrats and Republicans alike.

Murray Bass

Suisun City

Letter to the Editor

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  • Tax PayerDecember 29, 2013 - 6:34 am

    Yep, vote all of them out in 2014 and 2016. They are all connected to special interest groups. Flush the toilet in the federal and state governments. This madness must stop. We have already screwed up the economy for our next generation. Now on to our grandchildren!

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 29, 2013 - 7:29 am

    Without significant campaign and tax reform, it will just start all over again.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 29, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Mr. P. is absolutely correct. It's the American system of buying representation that we have that is the problem. If we all had equal representation in Congress, this would be a much better land to live and work in. What we have is a government of, by, and for the wealthy and anybody who isn't rich, isn't represented.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 29, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Gee, Murray, too bad the Constitution didn't predict the evolution of communication, transportation, medication, and all the other -ions we have today. The Constitution is a wonderful document and the Bill of Rights Amendments has been the source of our wonderful freedoms. But even THAT was an add-on, an evolutionary growth. Times change, Murray, and so does our Constitution.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 29, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Bandwagon Mr. Bass? Really? What you're really hoping (and your writing over the years supports this assertion), is to find a Conservative that talks Constitution but practices and caters to the religious aspect of governance. I've said it a hundred times Americans won't go that far right.

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  • The MisterDecember 29, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Vote them out? No, that won't bring the change that Murray's talking about. The Constitutional system as you believe it to be is broken and has been supplanted by "their" system. When you vote, you are voting within "their" system. You are given candidates picked and supported by "their" system. You always hope at least some of the campaign promises come true... but they are all lies because the elected are accountable to "their" system. If you want real change, you will not get it from working within "their" system. You need to think about making change separate from "their" system. Do you have any ideas?

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  • DanielDecember 29, 2013 - 10:05 am

    There's only one side that brought us the Porkulus job massive waste bill, chunk for Japanesse cars, IRS political persecutions, wire tapping the press, crooney capitalism for the likes of Solyndra, Bengahzi Youtube riot fiction and worst of all Obamacare as well as the escalation of drones, increasing NSA spying on every American and allies, there's only one side that needs to be eradicated.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 29, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Danny, Fox News is not a political party.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 29, 2013 - 10:30 am

    but I agree with you that they should be eradicated. good luck with that.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 29, 2013 - 10:22 am

    "If the government only did what it is authorized to do in the Constitution, we wouldn’t have big debt and we wouldn’t have to increase taxes." Murray is correct on one count, the Constitution states that only Congress shall have the power coin money, not private bankers. We would not have a national debt if we had adhered to that.

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  • Murray BassDecember 29, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Let me rephrase the sense of the Kirchubel and friends Comments. DUUUHH!!! My apologies if I seem to hjve given them more credit than they deserve,

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  • CD BrooksDecember 29, 2013 - 11:01 am

    MR Bass, you've been spouting political nonsense long enough that we know what you're thinking. A good dose of Common Core would have helped your vocabulary and creative thinking skills. Then you might have responded in an intelligent fashion. You should enroll immediately.

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  • The MisterDecember 29, 2013 - 11:20 am

    That's right... give Murray a dose of Common Core so he can be brought down to your intellectual level... it's the only fair thing to do.

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  • Left & RightDecember 29, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    What about Cindy Sheehan's announced programs? Any comments?

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  • Rick WoodDecember 29, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    This seems to be just standard Republican/conservative fare. The only part that will ever happen will be the part that favors a fraction of the 1% that care more about the preservation and enhancement of their wealth than their country. That is, if we let it happen because we think politicians are all alike and become mere spectators. (Remember false equivalence?) Mr. Batson was showing another way.

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  • Murray BassDecember 29, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Hello Rick Had you read the letter you would know there is nothing standard Republican about it. The Republica Royalty (establishment) is fighting to keep out challengers who are williing to keep their oaths of office and support american principles and values. Now abandoned by both parties. Republican leadership , Boehner and McConnell and their ilk are worse than partisan Democrats. We have a political situation in D,C. whare both parties are PG Purposefully Clueless as to the consequences of their actions. When the leadership isn' t thinking about the results of what they are doing and the locals like Batson, Mike and CD are letting the people in Washington do their thinking for them. We are a nation in trouble. No, We need to get rid of all the Wash9ington Royalty and get some citizen servant swho can undo some of the damge done.Hope alll is well with you

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  • Rick WoodDecember 30, 2013 - 12:06 am

    Thank you, Murray, you too. Now, where are you going to find these public servants, and how will they pass the gauntlet of our political processes to get into office and stay there?

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  • Murray BassDecember 30, 2013 - 5:39 am

    I wish I hac all the answers, but don t. I do know that there are a number of people in whe community who culd serve us well in Congress. Wouln't be interested in a career but who mightgo for two or four years. {ersuade of "draft" them" (not really) Limited time service would be an incentive. We can't depend on establishment parties to cut thjeir own throats so grassroots efforts would be necessary. There are penty of reasons why people will tell us it can't be done. We have to find a way to do it anyway. What we have now is too destructive. I'm open to ideas.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 30, 2013 - 5:42 am

    Rick and Murray, it's not so much who we elect, it's how we elect. Again, nothing will change until we have meaningful campaign reform that provides total transparency.

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  • Wealth disparity everywhere....and REMEMBER PEOPLES OF THE WORLDDecember 29, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Protests Force Israel to Confront Wealth Gap By ETHAN BRONNER Published: August 11, 2011 nytimes............especially since the time of Napoleon ALL WARS ARE LUCIFERIAN>>>LUCIFERIAN...BANKER WARS....we should all refuse to fight each other...God will judge my country for what it has done to innocent populations...9/11 was an inside job...with the help of dark elements of the Mossad

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  • Jason KnowlesDecember 29, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Unfortunately, Tea Party absolutists are no better than the Dems and Repubs they claim to rebuke. Politics cannot be black and white. It takes compromise to get things done and the Tea Party looks at compromise as weakness. We need a revolution of independents. Unfortunately, politicians on both sides of the aisle have pimped themselves to the highest bidders. Citizens United gave Constitutional authorization to this travesty.

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  • Murray BassDecember 29, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    Hi Jason, Travesty is a good w9rd. I don't know how Tea Party got into this but the role they and others like them is to help find those independests . I am glad you see the point I was trying to make. Used to be that you could tell a Republican or Democrat by their values. . No more. I'd like to know how we can find those independent citizen servant who will have the courage to clean up the Washington mess. I'm trying to get something started on a national basis. I can use all the ideas I can get. .

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  • Jason KnowlesDecember 29, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Murray, forgive me, but you are a self-described Tea Party member so I assume your position comes from that angle. Washington requires compromise, there is no way around that fact. We live in a country with 350 million people, all with diverse needs. Nothing can get accomplished without compromise when dealing with a country that big and that diverse. You and your fellow "patriots" have made it very clear that you are not interested in going that route. "My way or the highway!" Compromising requires not being dogmatic. It also requires the ability and courage to tell your constituents that you have to do things that they may not approve of. Politicians who do that get "primaried" and called derogatory terms like "RINO" or worst and seen as "sell-outs". Until a politician spends less time protecting their job and more time doing it, nothing will change. We live in an oligarchy.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 29, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Jason, on many issues, Obama and the Senate Democrats have been uncompromising and have taken the "my way or the highway" approach. You could even make a case that Obama is the liberal equivalent to the tea party.

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  • Murray BassDecember 30, 2013 - 6:14 am

    Hi Json So you'll know the only labels I embrace are Christian" and "American" The Tea Party is not a [arty in a political sense. It is a l;oosely organi zed group of more than a thousand local grass roots groups, each with its own identity. I go to meeting of the two local ones because they have good programs about current topics, ususlly olcal. And thereis a certain dynamism about the folks who are there because they want things to be as the Foiundrs intended. . The national Tea Party is a money making useless sham that the locas tend to rejecyt. A lot of guys call themselves Tea Party just to get on the money Bandwaon. You've been listening to too many establishment put downs. Don't believe them.Go to one of the local meetings and just listen,

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  • CD BrooksDecember 30, 2013 - 6:44 am

    Mr. Bass, thank you. That is precisely what I have been saying about the Tea Party for years! And man, have I taken my share of beatings for it from you and all the other supporters here. Sorry it took you so long to figure it out even though the evidence was crystal clear. Bandwagon.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 30, 2013 - 6:56 am

    Furthermore Sir, there is nothing Christian or American about the Republican Party. The Conservative in you has exposed itself a thousand times you can’t back away from that so easily. The Republicans have repeatedly stepped in it as I have stated over the years trying to do anything possible to force their unconstitutional agenda down the throats of good, decent American citizens. If you’re okay with stripping folks of their rights as you have supported intentionally or otherwise by your comments over the years, then you are part of the problem. But hey, after so many years of this, I don’t expect you to believe me. But you should have been listening the truth has been in your face for a very long time.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 29, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Right, Mr. P.: If the mediots and presstitutes had done their jobs, it would be clear by now that the Tea Party and other GOP officials have not had a monopoly on "my way or the highway" uncompromising politics. Of course, the usual lib suspects on this site have no clue about that, given the meager provenance of their "news" sources, and will scoff at the very notion and belligerantly demand proof of this assertion. To them I say, "Pay more attention."

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  • Rick WoodDecember 30, 2013 - 12:15 am

    Mr.S: Compromise is overrated. Compromise for compromise's sake is even dangerous. People SHOULD pay more attention because it is clear which party has better ideas. The Republicans have sold out to the fraction of the 1% that pays their bills. We shouldn't compromise; we should elect more Democrats!

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  • Rick WoodDecember 30, 2013 - 12:03 am

    I would be more inclined to Murray's anti "soak the rich" point of view if we didn't have a long historical precedent for progressive income taxes. It ended with Reagan's trickle down theory and "tax simplification" that was really a major tax cut on high income. What Mr. Batson is suggesting we have done before.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 30, 2013 - 6:38 am

    There will most likely be a Democrat as president for at least 10 years and possibly a Democratic majority for the next 2-6 years. Third parties have won in smaller elections but president? Not yet and probably won’t unless a spectacular candidate comes along. Having said all that, I often talk about wasting your vote and going against the two-party system pretty much guarantees that. But I'm willing to take that chance in 2016. If enough people make an alternate choice it sends a message and in some cases changes the course of an election. Over time it could change the trend. Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson has an excellent platform but money and media do matter. If he makes another serious run I will vote for him.

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 30, 2013 - 11:31 am

    RW: Your take on the act of "compromise" is exactly why Republicans have been behaving as they have since Obama was elected. One does not "compromise" with someone whose entire agenda has been to remake or "fundamentally change" America into something it was never meant to be by the founding fathers. Fix the country's problems and move forward--yes. Fundamentally change the country in four or eight short years--heck NO!

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  • Dont Trust Them, Any of ThemDecember 30, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Mr. Smith: I would go further and state that what the Democrats mean by "compromise" is for their opponents to sit down, shut up, and do what they are told. Democrats want their opponents to yield but are unwilling themselves to yield anything; it's all a one-way street with them.

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