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From: Gary Hubbell <•••@••.•••>
Date: 3 April 2010 16:08:58 IST
To: Richard Moore <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: An open letter to Gary Hubbell
I am in absolute agreement with everything you wrote. If you’ll research my columns over the years, you’ll see that I was never a fan of George W. Bush. In fact, I was a very strident critic. I was not in favor of the TARP bailouts when they were first proposed by Bush, and you are absolutely correct that Obama stepped right in and finished what Bush had started. Mind you, Timothy Geithner, the Keebler elf, was first employed at Treasury by Bush.
Bush never represented conservatism to me. Indeed, the word “conservative”, as Webster defines it, means “afraid of change.” That definition doesn’t work for me. In fact, I’m not sure I am a quote/unquote “conservative”. Call me a Constitutionalist. Was Bush a true conservative? By his actions, I say no. Signing a $400 billion drug entitlement for seniors into law is by definition an act of liberalism. Allowing the deficit to become bloated and unmanageable was an act of liberalism. Sitting down with John McCain and the Democrats to craft an amnesty act for illegal aliens was liberalism. I remember Bush’s surprise and shock when people rose up against the amnesty bill. It showed just how out of touch he was with the people. The big cheerleader for the amnesty bill was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a staunch Republican ally. To me, it seems that such a stance would be openly advocating the subversion of the American people. I mean, let’s take jobs away from taxpaying citizens and give them to foreign invaders who are willing to work for less? Are you kidding? Just so you can hire dishwashers at Denny’s and meatpackers in Omaha for a cheaper wage? Was this conservatism? Absolutely not–it was greed. No wonder people are pissed off at the Republicans. They’ve earned it.
You mentioned health care. Ah, health care. You are absolutely correct that Obama has handed a very big plum to the insurance companies. Nothing in his bill encourages competition or the elimination of waste. I wrote a column over a year ago about health care. When we go to the doctor’s office, why isn’t there a keyboard and a screen in the waiting room to sit down and enter all our information ONCE? Instead, you fill out four different forms by hand with the same information, for four different droids to enter into four different systems. People with medical conditions or surgeries that were resolved four years ago are stilling getting dribs and drabs of bills sent to them. It is massively inefficient, and truly, doctors are such lousy businessmen and women that they brought this monstrosity upon themselves. They did such a poor job of running their business that they left the door wide open for government to step in, and we are the poorer for it.
A student of our nation’s history learns that our founding documents were very carefully crafted by very wise men who had experienced significant difficulties and conquered them. The Constitution is not a document to be ignored. It is THE roadmap to prosperity, opportunity, liberty, equality, and freedom. Every European that travels to the U.S. wants to see the open road in the Utah desert at Monument Valley, where that highway stretches endlessly into the distance of those desert monoliths. Why? Freedom.
When we ignore our Constitution in an effort to engineer a desired result, we always result in a loss of freedom. Sure, we may have more diversity in our colleges and universities, for example, but tilting the scales to produce an artificial diversity has resulted in the first generation of Americans to have a lower college graduation rate than the generation before. Instead of starting at the very beginning–a cultural change that treasures education and opportunity instead of ignorance and dependency–we’ve denied opportunities for those who have earned them. And, by default, we chip away at personal freedoms.
I’ve never been afraid of change. I want to know why I can’t plug my electric car into my solar panel and drive 150 miles without supporting a Saudi terrorist financier or an environmental catastrophe such as the tar sands in Canada. The problem is it would be hard to tax my driving miles in this scenario, so government kinda likes that oil company disaster that we’ve been chained to for 100 years.
And Wall Street! Now you got me started. I’ve guided all kinds of Wall Street guys on fly-fishing trips and hunting trips. When you spend 8 hours on a trout stream with a guy, you get to know quite a lot about him. Here’s what I learned: they’re not smarter than you or me; they’re not necessarily so talented or observant. They are, however, extremely motivated, extremely greedy, and they’re cunning. They’re willing to work 15 hours a day and sleep in the office if that’s what it takes to make $40 million in bonuses this year. They will neglect their families, they will treat others like dirt. They act as if they have a special form of entitlement, and they do. It’s called great wealth. It’s called flying a G4 instead of coach. We, the people, as individual investors, are simply feeding the beast. Your IRA, Keogh plan, 401K–by investing in the stock market, you are subsidizing this incredible greed. Any gains you make in the stock market are basically luck, because after they’re done collecting their monstrous fees for putting together mergers and acquisitions, initial stock offerings, preferred stock, stock options–all the meat is stripped from the bones of any deal, and your investment is what allowed it to happen. Is this wrong or unconstitutional? No, but basing the entire world economy on packaging derivatives insured by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae on mortgages that were guaranteed by the federal government on the false premise of “everyone should own a home” social engineering is wrong. You can blame Barney Frank and Bill Clinton, you can blame George Bush and Henry Paulson, but it happened on the watch of both parties, and it’s wrong. We, as taxpayers, subsidized the largest “house of cards” Ponzi scheme ever in world history, and it’s still going on. That TARP bailout money you spoke about? Well, there were 1,300 foreclosures last year in Mesa County, Colorado, out of 130,000 residents. That’s 1% of all RESIDENTS, including kindergartners. Those homes should be selling for $100,000 each, investors with money in the bank should be able to make a good profit, and the market should kick-start again at 50% of the previous value. However, so many bank loans are being guaranteed by TARP money that the banks aren’t selling the foreclosures at a loss; they’re holding them until they get a big fat insurance check from the government, and then they’re bundling those loans and selling them in $250 million packages to…DRUMROLL…WALL STREET! If you don’t have $250 million to spend, you can’t play. So the homes are selling in big bundles at 10 cents on the dollar instead of going to auction locally for 50-70 cents on the dollar. And who is subsidizing this? You, the taxpayer. And Wall Street–which created this whole mess in the first place–wins again.
So where do we go from here? There’s only one place, in my opinion, and that is back to the beginning–the Constitution. We need to challenge every candidate running for election to run on one very basic set of principles: 1) is your vote Constitutional, and 2) will you return us to fiscal viability and balance the federal budget. I couldn’t care less about some federal pork-barrel project coming back to my district. I would much rather have the credit card paid off, wouldn’t you? If that candidate happens to be Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian–I don’t care. I do feel, however, that the Republican Party, with all its MANY flaws, of which I have enumerated several above, has the best chance to achieve those goals. Personally, a third party would be a wonderful solution in my eyes, but in the interim we would be ceding power to the Democrats, who have absolutely no restraint and no respect for the Constitution. Their greatest goal is to take away liberties from the people and grant special privileges to groups that don’t deserve them in an effort to create equality. The Tea Parties have become the conscience that the Republicans were missing. Any Republican candidates who don’t listen to the drumroll of protest in the form of the Tea Party activists are going to get their asses handed to them. See Example A, Charlie Crist, and Example B, John McCain. Next up? Lindsey Graham. So I will work within this framework, for now, knowing full well that it is flawed, but possible. You know what’s interesting to me? Your missive to me was very well stated, and there is an undeniable logic both in my original column and your response. I appreciate the dialogue. However, when I receive the occasional missive from a die-hard liberal, it usually involves some very angry name-calling in the form of one or two sentences from someone unwilling to identify themselves. I, for example, am a “fucktard”, according to one such woman. They can’t come up with any rational argument against what I have written, so they resort to hate speech. To me, that means I’m winning the debate, and so are many thousands of citizens who have finally stood up and become recognized. The groundswell is beginning.
An aside for you–I have been contacted personally by three Congressional candidates and the front-runner in the race for governor of Colorado, thanking me for my writings and assuring me that we, the people, are being heard. That’s a start, isn’t it? And one final note–I’m predicting a new wave of candidates for the future, and they will be very formidable indeed. The veterans who have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home and becoming involved, and it’s going to be very hard for entrenched liberals to reason with these service veterans who have been tempered in combat, serving our country in a hostile environment abroad. I don’t care if you agree with the cause or not, you have to respect their service. This is the new wave of Constitutionalists, and rationale always trumps emotion.
Thanks for writing.
Gary Hubbell, Broker/Owner
United Country Colorado Brokers
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
970 872 3322 office
970 988 2122 cell
970 921 5588 home
970 872 3323 office fax
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