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Mountain Talk salutes Car Care of Mountain Home, our August Business of the Month. Driving a clean car always feels good, and that's why folks from Baxter County and beyond take their cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, boats, and RVs to Car Care. Laura Roberts takes pride in providing her customers a positive, consistent experience for every service from an economy wash to a full detail. You can relax in the air conditioned lobby and catch up on your work with free wi-fi while the Car Care staff tends to every detail outside.

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We Can’t Afford the Wars or The Welfare August 15th, 2014

On any given evening news show the entire broadcast, from the riots in Ferguson Missouri to the civil war in Iraq have one thing in common, they are a consequence of a government with unlimited resources and no oversight.

The problems in Ferguson existed before this latest incident. According to the city’s web site, poor blacks outnumber poor whites 5 to 1 and 74.2% of them are women with no husband in the house. Living within our welfare system, they can’t afford to marry the father of their children who then have almost no chance of growing up to be free, productive citizens.

We have armed almost every military in the world, not because anyone thinks it will make the world safer, because it enriches the crony government/industrial partnership. The pictures of police in Ferguson driving armored trucks, wearing camouflage and carrying machine guns are showing us that foreign armies aren’t the only ones affected by the government’s unlimited budget.

Since Obama became President, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns, ammunition, silencers, armored trucks, aircraft and surveillance technology from the federal government. It kind of puts Rand Paul’s campaign against drones used on Americans into perspective.

Soldiers wear camouflage to blend in with their surroundings, they drive armored vehicles protect themselves against roadside bombs and they carry automatic weapons to kill the enemy. Those are not the tools of a suburban police department whose mission is to protect and serve their community.

The militarization of urban police departments might be the product of an out of outsized military budget, but it’s no accident. The government has no intention of repaying our debt and they know that borrowing Fed created dollars and then borrowing more to pay the interest will eventually result in an economic collapse. They are preparing for massive domestic unrest.

Uncontrolled spending is a threat to peace here and abroad. Control is our job, but our system is no longer of, for and by the people. It’s just paid for by the people, who are less and less in control every day.

It leaves us pretty much up a creek as far as being able to do anything about it, except that I am more convinced every day that Rand Paul will be our next President and there is a good chance he will choose Ben Carson as a running mate. The truth is we can’t afford the wars or the welfare and I believe the American people are ready to hear it.


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NAFTA Version 2.0 August 22nd, 2014

In 1992 Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in more high quality jobs for Americans and less illegal immigration. Ross Perot said there would be a giant sucking sound as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left the country.

Before NAFTA manufacturing constituted over twenty percent of U.S. jobs, it is down to nine percent today. The number of illegal aliens in the U.S. has doubled since NAFTA. The average worth of a typical American family is down 36 percent. The percentage of Americans with a job has decreased, and the number of Americans on Food Stamps has doubled.

Clinton was wrong. NAFTA has failed the American people. The economy began its decline in 1992 and we have been in a recession since 2005 regardless of what the government is telling us.

They tell us that the unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, but if they counted it the way they did before NAFTA, the rate today would be 12.6 percent and if they counted all the people who have dropped out of the workforce since 1992 it would be over twenty percent.

They told us that the economy contracted by .01 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Then they revised it to 1.0 percent, and now to a 2.9 percent contraction. If you believe that you might as well take their word that the inflation rate is just two percent. If they calculated that the way they did before NAFTA, the inflation rate today is close to ten percent.

The bigger problem isn’t the jobs that moved to Mexico, it’s that small business, who always provided most of our jobs in the first place, are left having to compete against the big companies who not only are paying Mexican workers a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs we used to do, but also don’t pay U.S. payroll taxes or follow U.S. regulations.

The reason NAFTA passed in the first place is that our system caters to large corporations that spend money on political donations and lobbyists and that’s also the reason it will never be reversed. In fact President Obama along with over 600 official “trade advisors” is negotiating another free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Republican and Democrat controlled Congresses along with the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations have all participated in the dilution of the U.S. economy into the rest of the world so that big corporations can manufacture where labor is cheapest and pay taxes where they are lowest. None of them are representing the interests of working Americans.



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