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Politicians gain superiority over electorate

By From page A8 | August 02, 2014

I wrote a column in October 2013 that asked, what’s going on in our country? It’s time for an update. What our country does almost anywhere in the world has consequences here at home.

First the good news in education. Locally we have taken a giant step toward creating successful adults. More kids will graduate and be prepared for college or jobs that pay well. They will be able to form and maintain families. The Fairfield-Suisun School District is committed to providing kids with basic skills for a lifetime of success. Kudos to Kris Corey, trustees, administrators and teachers. Parents, too.

The bad education news is that the Common Core national standards continue to bind our schools to unproven and in many cases unworkable curriculum and tests. A number of states have abandoned Common Core but California schools are stuck with it.

More bad news. Many of our citizens still refuse to become involved in politics. Plato (429-347 BC) remarked, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Just what are our “inferiors” imposing on us?

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to allow the agency to garnish wages. No due process. Make up a rule, charge a fine and come take your money. What could they possibly charge you with? This is the same EPA that tried to regulate bovine flatulence by charging fees. With the EPA, anything goes. No one is safe.

Then there are the proposed ordinances in Berkeley and San Francisco that would charge (initially) a 2-cents-per-ounce fee for sugary drinks. It’s a foot in the door. Sugar is the enemy. Hey, wait a minute. there’s more sugar in a candy bar or cupcake or coolie than in a soft drink. Sugar is a carbohydrate. So is flour. When will this madness stop? Never. Unless you get involved.

Probably the worst of all is the arrogance of our federal government. Anything they do anywhere has the potential to affect us locally. They recently fined the Central Bank of France several billion dollars for funding the sale of a ship to the Russians. The transaction was perfectly legal. The result is likely to an increase in the speed with which countries abandon the dollar as the international reserve currency, using the euro or a new currency created by China instead.

Our financial condition can no longer support the claim we are the only economy that can support a reserve currency. The local effects of the dollar ceasing to be the international reserve currency could be devastating. Trillions of dollars of currency now dedicated to the purchase and transfer of commodities will be freed up. Those will exert a heavy pressure on the stability of prices. Interest rates will climb and with it, inflation will accelerate. It will diminish the value of our assets because they will buy less.

Right now the rate of inflation is much higher than the government is telling us. The government’s new formula excludes variable items such a food and fuel. I have seen food and fuel prices double in the past several years. Much of the increase can be traced to the conversion of corn to fuel – ethanol. Brazil has converted much of its sugar to fuel. The effect here is that the price of sugar has increased from 15 cents a pound to 50 cents a pound.

Corn once was the feedstock for poultry and beef. Corn prices have increased so much that farmers are no longer rotating their crops. No more alfalfa. A good friend who raises cattle told me the price of hay has reached $300 a ton. Not delivered. Beef prices will be going through the roof. This is all thanks to our government. The EPA. Politics.

Then, there’s another base realignment exercise in 2017. Scary.

Now that I think of it, I believe Plato was wrong. When we let government do this to us because we refuse to be involved in politics. we have conceded superiority to the politician. We are the ones who are inferior by default.

You vote? No? They’ll get you.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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  • CD BrooksAugust 02, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Mr. Bass, could not agree more with your comments on the EPA. They should be investigated and disbanded along with CARB. While they're at it, take a look at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as well. They all have too much power, too many restrictions and policies without culpability. Maybe it is they needing fines and jail time?

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 02, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    CD, here's the latest on CARB... They are looking at a carbon tax that would help fund the agency. By their own admission, the increase will be between 16 and 67 cents per gallon. AB32 never made mention of the agency creating revenue. Now, democrats are submitting legislation to stop an out-of-control agency that they created.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbeLp9hpN6sAugust 02, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Corgi vs Walter The Farting Dog...... Elizabeth Windsor.... " We ARE Amused".... OK extra for experts.... Challenge.... Somebody explain why this is amusing.... OK.... and Mr. Practical.... What is your favorite movie with a Dog in it? .... and I am thinking about doing a Pirate Movie Marathon at our house.... What is your favorite Pirate Movie?

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  • Anne Of The IndiesAugust 02, 2014 - 4:08 pm


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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 02, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Favorite dog movie is Best in Show. Favorite pirate movie is The Princess Bride.

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  • SavetheRepublicAugust 03, 2014 - 11:34 am

    Well you were suppose to say "Benji"..... now point 1... It is amusing because at the tacky level ... Wind-sore... as in get the winds... also in a strictly British sense... put the wind up somebody/get the wind up British English informal if you put the wind up someone, you make them feel anxious or frightened. If you get the wind up, you become anxious or frightened: .... 2. The Queen has always owned Corgis and therefore would probably find anything with a Corgis in it amusing...3. Elizabeth is the great great Grand Daughter of Queen Victoria... who supposedly used the most quoted Royal "We" as in "We are not Amused"... so it is a play on this...... Now here is an idea for your wife ( very smart lady, after all she married you, did she not? ) or Chamber (Suisun)or maybe Vacaville's downtown Bob.... Have a Dress as a Pirate Day (relatively cheap to stage) the beginning or middle of October prior to Halloween.... In Suisun you could even have team that row a Dingy across the Marina ect... I mean etc ( Good afternoon Michael )... then you could show an old pirate movie in the evening.... OK ...so today we have had a set of black Helicopters in an obtuse triangle 3 chopper formation and then two of them flew over again and the Republican Party of Idaho has just appointed a top former aid of Dick Cheney's as the Republican State Party Chair..... not looking good for truth tellers here either... so sad.

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  • PornacAugust 02, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Well, sugar is actually poison for our bodies. At least in the way most of us consume it. We pay for it with increased healthcare.

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  • DanielAugust 02, 2014 - 8:44 am

    This is what Americans keep unwittingly voting for constantly giving up their personal freedom, keep reflecting the likes of Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Harry Reid and Pelosi politicians that never had a private sector job nor business yet somehow each became millionaires receiving their government paychecks. It's amazing how such lowly IQd people have become do rich but also powerful controlling our lives.

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  • Murray BassAugust 02, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    Sugar natural energy food. If we try to do away with it there goes mothers milk . Potomac are you suggesting we cut off breasts to keep babies from geting poinoned by mothers milk.? All animal life needs energy food Many animals live on nuts fruits and berries. . I for one vote against cuiting off breasts. There has to be another solution. We sure as hell don't want to let the government get involved. . they'll go for the knfe.Turning sugar into alcohol hasn't reduced demand. just cost.

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  • Jason KnowlesAugust 02, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Wasn't the deal between the French and the Russians (and the fine) due to the economic embargo against Putin?

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  • JagAugust 02, 2014 - 11:44 am

    I to agree I can think of a few agency’s that should be abolished, also with that comes more personal responsibility, if you choose to put something in your body as a young adult and you blow up to be 300 pounds and it creates health problems later in life you should have to pay for it yourself, why should the rest of us have to pay?

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  • FDCAugust 02, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Is it true that CARB's extortionate carbon trading scheme is to be conducted by an entity incorporated in Delaware? Is it true that it answers to no one and cannot be audited?

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 02, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    FDC, good questions. I don't know. I'll see what I can find out. In general, very few of California's regulatory agencies have much, if any, accountability. Typically, when the legislature creates the agency they have a wide berth. The result is bureaucrats making decisions. They often have little understanding of the impact of what they do. For the most part, it is no longer about helping businesses comply. It's about generating revenue to grow the agency. I interviewed a one-man auto repair shop yesterday. He does very few oil changes because he can't compete with the chains. He has two oil containers. Environmental Health came in and did an assessment of his business and said he needed to have the cans emptied twice a year. The inspector came in 14 months later and one can was still empty and the other was 25% full. He was fined $400 for not doing his scheduled drainings, No common sense.

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  • http://magicvalley.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/maryland-native-elected-to-chair-idaho-gop-party/article_a9b45228-1ad1-11e4-9621-0019bb2963f4.htmlAugust 03, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Google....Maryland Native Elected to Chair Idaho GOP Party magicvalley com...... Kind of illustrates the title of this column....if you read the piece.... very very scarry mean mean tactics here.

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  • http://dciadvisory.com/stephen-yates.phpAugust 03, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Google....Stephen J. Yates, Chief Executive Officer D.C. International Advisory....... But remember it is just an evil evil tag team...... same same Republican or Democrat....remember the Clinton Death list and that Obama is a creation of the CIA and took out Libya, trying for Syria and now doing false flags to bait the Russians for the International Bankers..... We/our country are in so much trouble.... WAKE UP PEOPLE..... Thank you Jesus for those people willing to tell the truth... please protect and bless them

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  • Exclusive "Weird Al" Yankovic Music Video: FOIL (Parody of "Royals" by Lorde)August 03, 2014 - 1:13 pm


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  • King James BibleAugust 03, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

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  • GoogleAugust 03, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    US bioweapons lab in Sierra Leone at the epicentre of Ebola outbreak

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  • GoogleAugust 03, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    kissinger ebola

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  • Remember also thatAugust 03, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Leigionaires Disease was a Government BIO war test.... they put it in the ventilation system of the Building

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  • http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Biological+Weapons&matchtype=b&network=s&device=c&devicemodel=&creative=29826148450&keyword=biologicalweapons&placement=&param1=&param2=&random=3075014742317134827&aceid=&adpositAugust 03, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Research centers.... recruiting bio lab workers

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  • http://www.counterpunch.org/2006/04/20/cheney-the-neocons-and-china/August 03, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    April 20, 2006 "The Solution to 'Enemy Deprivation Syndrome'" Cheney, the Neocons and China counter punch.... or google Cheney steve yates.... but again remember we see the current administration and state dept. continuing these same kind of ..... fund both sides of the conflict, multiple false flag events engineered..... two sides set up and funded by the same international Bankers to fight each other..... remember the Rothchilds control the Central Banks of China, just like they control the Federal Reserve.

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  • http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/01/the-united-states-nato-and-the-destruction-of-libya/August 03, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Weekend Edition August 1-3, 2014 The Western Front of a Widening War The United States, NATO and the Destruction of Libya by HORACE G. CAMPBELL counterpunch...... When the Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was slain in Benghazi last month, both Samantha Powers (US Permanent global natoRepresentative to the United Nations) and Hilary Clinton (former Secretary of State) issued statements denouncing her murder but these two architects of the destruction of Libya remain indicted in the court of public opinion for their roles in creating the present conflagration. What has been kept from the citizens of the USA is the role of financial enterprises such as Goldman Sachs, Tradition Financial Services of Switzerland, French bank Société Générale SA, hedge-fund firm Och-Ziff Capital Management Group and private-equity firm Blackstone Group in their dealings with the Libyan Investment Authority.....WAKE UP PEOPLE

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