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McFarland wrong again

Posted: May 11, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Bruce McFarland's Opinion column "America: Love it or leave it" (The Signal, April 21) was a joke.

He criticized the hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley residents who appeared on streetcorners by City Hall for the April 15 "Tea Party" and accused them of being either rich and spoiled, or poor and ignorant, and being Fox News and Rush Limbaugh zombies.

McFarland made those statements and yet he didn't even take the time to get out of his car and talk to anyone. He acted on emotions and made assumptions based upon stereotypes and prejudices.

People have the right to express their opinions and to do so in public. We do not yet live in the People's Republic of America.

The opinions expressed outside City Hall were diverse. However, most just simply felt our government was spending too much of our hard-earned money and doing so too fast and without giving it enough thought or contemplation.

There is nothing wrong with pausing to think before you encumber our kids and grandkids with $10 trillion of possibly needless debt.

Honestly, do we really need to spend this much, now? What's the plan for this money? Be specific - we are talking trillions of dollars.
Who exactly will benefit by spending this money and how? What are the long-term positive consequences of spending the money?

What are the negative consequences? Again, be specific; we are talking trillions of dollars.

Will it really work? Has anything like this been tried before? How did that work out?

Well, Mr. McFarland, can you answer those questions with specificity?

We aren't getting clear answers from Washington. If we were getting the straight scoop, and our representatives were taking the time to think this through, then I am sure the hundreds of people who took time off from their busy spoiled lives to peacefully express their frustration would have had better things to do.

In any event, you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer group of people to hang out with on a streetcorner.


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