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Facing a Titanic problem

As Europe stumbles and bumbles toward a financial depression that will have a big effect on us, we can’t decide what to do. Our leaders are busily rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. They are placing all the Republicans on the right side of the ship, and all the Democrats on the left side. This way they won’t have to talk to each other, or compromise on anything.

The problem is no one is steering the ship because they can’t decide which way to go and we are adrift in a sea of financial icebergs.

Our government seems to have a new motto: “Ask not what you can do for your country, but what can your country do for me so I can enrich myself and get re-elected.”

Europe is just following the examples of our bankers on Wall Street by borrowing more money than they could ever hope to repay. The get-rich-quick schemes that didn’t work here didn’t work over there either.

What we need is a third party that represents the needs of the people and not the culture of corruption that controls our government.

Richard Johnson



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