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January 10, 2013

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Pay cut

Hey, Democrats! Have you looked at your first paycheck this year? Did you notice the 2 percent cut? Oh, you didn’t know your president was going to let the Social Security rates go up? This is the same president who said there would be no tax increases for people making under $250,000.

Special interests

The first rule that every American should realize is this: Government can do nothing competently; the private sector can. If a business can’t provide goods or a service well, the business will go under and another better one will emerge. This is Economics 101. Government when it fails just decides that it hasn’t thrown enough of your tax dollars at the problem and creates more bureaucracy and regulation. The other purpose of government is to protect special interest groups. That is why the U.S. tax code is nearly 72,000 pages long and growing. The same is true at all levels of government. In Methuen, it is the duty of the City Council to protect its special interest group — the unions — at all cost. If the mayor came up with a $1 million savings over a two-week period by privatization, the council would vote it down. Every member knows that the unions put him in place, not the voters.

Privatization

The mayor and Methuen City Council should look at communities like Sandy Springs, Ga., or Maywood, Calif. These communities have saved taxpayers millions of dollars privatizing services as compared to having municipal union workers. Mayor Zanni, don’t stop with the IT Department.

Amused

It was with great amusement that I watched my colleagues, most of whom voted for Obama, open their first paychecks of the new year last Friday. To their shock and surprise, their checks were smaller. I asked: “Did you really think Obama was only going to raise taxes on the rich? I tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen.” Oh well, you know what they say: A fool and his money are soon parted.

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