Who's really better for business?
To the editor:
After reading Roy Ford’s Sept. 29 letter to the editor “Democrats are great for business,” I felt compelled to write a few words in reply.
The economic down turn in this area began after President Bill Clinton got NAFTA passed. The result of which for the area and thousands of other American small cities and towns was for businesses to relocate their plants to countries like China, India and Vietnam, where they could pay pennies on the dollar to workers. Who could blame them? Who wouldn’t make that move? Oh, and by the way, President Clinton was a Democrat.
This state has long had the status of one of the best in the nation for business relocation. This is nothing new and was true under former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell, too, worked a great deal to improve our crumbling infrastructure in order to help bring more business into our state.
Let us now look at why our Republican law makers want to put control of our public education, universities and transportation back under the control of the state. It all goes back to our Constitution. The Founders of our nation had just fought a war to gain independence from an oppressive, overly powerful, autocratic government. When they wrote our Constitution, they were not about to set up another powerful, oppressive central government.
“Only certain powers were delegated or granted by the people.” Three in all, given to the central government of the United States are as follows:
(1) “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, Duties, imposts, and excises to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.”
(2) “The Congress shall have power to declare war, grant letters of Marque and reprisal, and to make rules concerning captures on land and water; to raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years. To provide and maintain a Navy, and to make rules for the government and regulation of land and Naval forces.”
(3) “The Congress shall have power to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases what so ever, such district (not exceeding ten square miles) as may, by Cession of particular states, and acceptance of Congress, become the seat of government of the United States. The powers not delegated to the U.S. government [as above] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or the people.”
These were quotes taken from the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8 passed into the law of our land in 1791.
Now about gun control. It is very true that when our Founding Fathers wrote the constitution and added the first 10 amendments, the second of which gives the right of the people to keep and bear arms, there were probably only pistols and muskets available. Now we have a wide variety of “killing machines.” Although we must remember that “killing machines” are inanimate objects incapable of doing anything on their own. Perhaps a compromise might be to do what many Republicans and Democrats working together in Congress suggest. Ban the sale of these advanced “killing machines” from sale in the United States (except for perhaps the military use). This will not totally cure the problem, however, because with the internet, it is still easy to get these “killing machines” on the black market. We must however protect our Second Amendment right.
Now, about the recent exodus of people from sanctuary city/states like Connecticut, New York, California and others. From what I have heard during interviews on TV, these people are leaving their homes because their tax rates are outrageous and the governors and leaders in their states (mostly Democrats) are allowing illegal aliens, criminals, to run rough-shod over law-abiding U.S. citizens. When did it become a good thing to give illegal’s more rights than law abiding citizens?
If people are leaving our area, they are not leaving to areas because Democrats are in charge there. They are still leaving because of the economic disaster in their area left by NAFTA. Apparently, letter writer Ford is not aware that our current leaders (both Republicans and Democrats) are trying to change the economic climate here and are working to bring in more technology-related jobs and the training programs to let our residents take advantage of those new types of jobs.
PHYLLIS J. HERNDON