Friday October 19, 2012

Electing the next
puppet of Wall Street

Editor of the Reformer:

Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the great granddaddy of modern finance, once declared, "I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England ... The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the empire, and I control the British money supply."

And who controls the money supply of these United States? The Federal Reserve -- pretty much the same people who control the British supply, and the Spanish, the Italians, the Greeks ... and all those other counties in deep financial crisis.

The U.S, Constitution dictates that members of Congress take the oath that each does, "solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; ... So help me God."

And so, who is it that controls our government? It certainly isn’t us. Could it possibly be those who control the money supply? Let’s ask a few simple questions.

Would we the people choose to have a financial system in which the key players gorge themselves like pigs on a corpse until they vomit economic disaster on the world and then beg for more while the rest of the country remains fiscally starved?

Would we the people choose to have a direct federal income tax although our Constitution expressly prohibits it? And would we choose the complex, unfair and intrusive system of personal taxation that now exists?

Would we the people choose to have a health care system that enriches the few while punishing illness with unbearable financial burden and bankruptcy?

Would we the people choose to wage unnecessary wars based on lies and deception like those in Vietnam and Iraq only to lose and disable our beloved sons, daughters, husbands and wives while crippling our economy?

To the point -- I hold our Congress in contempt of their constituents, and as such, in breach of their oaths and as enemies of the Constitution.

This begs the question: What is the recourse of the citizens when those sworn to defend our Constitution against enemies themselves become the enemies of our Constitution?

Our Constitution gives the right to control the money supply to Congress. And with good reason. It also prohibits direct taxation of it’s citizens. Again with good reason.

But the protégés of Nathan Rothschild have changed all that -- the people’s dream of democracy has become a caldron of corruption -- a nightmare for the average citizen and a bonanza for a very small number of elite.

And so, we the people need to take back our Republic.

We will never have a true democracy until we relieve ourselves of the Federal Reserve and of private control of public funds. Chris Ferguson’s documentary "Inside Job" is a lesson in contemporary history that every patriotic American must see to truly understand what is going on in our governmental, financial and educational institutions.

The bottom line is, no matter who we elect in November, our president is a puppet of Wall Street.

Joe Checco,

South Londonderry, Oct. 4

Woman who’s camera was confiscated speaks out

Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing in respond to the article in the Oct. 16 Reformer, regarding my camera being confiscated.

I need to clarify a comment made by Police Chief Gene Wren. First, I don’t believe he was present and so is not speaking from first hand knowledge. Had he been present, he would know that a police officer approached me as I was walking home, and informed that he was going to confiscate my camera and to come with him to his vehicle, where the suspect and the other police were standing.

It was while standing at the SUV with many cops and one suspect, that I made the snide comment about the dogs at the residence. I agree that it was wrong of me to jump into the conversation police were having with the suspect about how well trained the dogs in the residence are.

I want to also apologize to the owners of the dogs. I spoke with little knowledge and having had only one incident with their dogs. Although it was a very intimidating experience, I generalized and jumped to the conclusion that the dogs are vicious.

Thank you,

Kathy Carr,

Brattleboro, Oct. 17

Weekend vote should
wait for national election

Editor of the Reformer:

As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. famously said, I believe that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. Even so, as a property owner here on Washington Street over the past 10 years, I’ve been quite amazed at the tax bills for this little town. As David Gartenstein’s column noted ("In favor of the 1 percent local sales tax," Oct. 11), throwing the cost of these upgrades solely onto property owners in town seems unwise.

But I also think it is unwise to schedule the vote on this proposal before the outcome of the national election is known.

The environment in which we undertake this commitment may change dramatically with a Romney-Ryan administration in Washington, D.C. Should Romney and Ryan win, their anti-healthcare stance, tax cuts for the wealthy, and austerity mindset will surely throw the national economy down the back steps and into a longer, deeper recession, benefiting Wall Street but decidedly not our besieged little Main Street.

Adding a 1 percent local option sales tax to the cost of goods in Brattleboro when the economy is slowly beginning to recover may be disastrously different from doing it with the Republicans in Washington, D.C., happily running us up to the edge of the fiscal cliff and throwing us off in order to preserve tax cuts and government subsidies for their wealthy backers.

I believe we all understand that the upgrades to these stations have been put off for decades and should not be put off much longer. And I am grateful to the people who have to work with the existing facilities every day and keeping them up as best they can. Having watched the fire engines squeeze back into the station house with just inches to spare many times, and read about the concerns of the workers in these facilities, the need for upgrades is not really debatable. The timing though may be important to consider.

I encourage our representatives to schedule a vote on the 1-percent local sales tax funding option after -- not before -- the outcome of the national elections is known. We’ve postponed this project for years. A few months more will allow us to move forward with a surer sense of the economic environment in which we undertake this tax. There is no sense driving hard-strapped shoppers across the state lines, or the state. Democratic largesse in Washington, investing in needed education and infrastructure projects around the nation, could well limit the damage to our local economy that the 1 percent increase might wreak. Republican policies will undoubtedly exacerbate it.

If Romney and Ryan take the White House and/or the Senate shifts, we will be in a much worse economic situation than we are now and it may be wise to further postpone the work on these stations.

I suggest caution. After the national election, we’ll have a better idea of how much trouble we’re making for ourselves, our merchants, and our town.

Scott Ainslie,

Brattleboro, Oct. 11