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A pipeline into pockets
A group of individuals gathered in Frankfort this week to protest the running of a pipeline by Williams pipeline company through central Kentucky. The protesters intentions were to have the governor block the use of eminent domain to seize their property. Their stated concerns revolved around environmental issues and loss of use of their own property.
Let me preclude this rant with the fact that I have pipelined alongside of Williams in the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a world-class contractor and I seriously doubt Williams will bring anything through Kentucky that will not meet or exceed any and all standards. The materials passing through this proposed pipeline are used to produce products that we use directly in our business. So, I do have a vested interest, albeit small, in the outcome of this venture. And, yes, I would allow them through my property.
With that said, my question is this: Why is it that people will rise in protest over loss of their property but sit idly by while the government rapes them of their hard-earned incomes?
To date average individuals lose 52 percent of their earned income to some form of tax, and that is considered to be a conservative number. Why is it the issue has to concern tangible property before the public is willing to rise up against perceived injustices?
It probably is safe to say these individuals have worked hard all their lives for what they have and do not wish to give it up to anyone or anything for any reason. Yet there is no protest when the government takes better than half their salaries and gives it to generations of welfare recipients, foreign entities, past and present legislators who will get their salaries for life after retirement and, oh yeah, luxurious parties for the IRS, Emergency Management, and so on and so forth.
Would it be possible, at the completion of their stated goals, to redirect some of that energy toward the very government it is petitioning?
As we approach the first anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our Benghazi consulate in the Middle East, the real truth finally is starting to trickle out.
The initial State Department story that this was nothing more than a reaction to a YouTube video already has been exposed as a lie.
In the case of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, we have found out much of the “how”: how the State Department received reports about poor security there did nothing to correct it; and how, on the night of the attack, response teams were ordered to stand down leaving our ambassador and his security team to be murdered by Islamic terrorists. Murders that to this date remain unavenged.
Now, bits of truth as to why this happened are finally coming to light. It seems the State Department was using the CIA to run weapons to Libyan and Syrian rebels. These same weapons may well have been used to kill our own people that night. This is just as dumb as when the Justice Department was caught running guns to the Mexican drug cartels.
So, to avoid embarrassment and risk losing the 2012 election, President Barack Obama and his henchmen were willing to send an innocent man to prison and turn their backs on Americans under terrorist fire. When will we hear the chant, “Obama lied and our men died!”
If this and the unending corruption from the Obama administration has disgusted you, you need to act now. Get online and join Team Mitch so we can keep our strong voice in the Senate.
Write Brett Gutherie about this. To get involved locally, contact the Hardin County GOP at www.hardin gop.com.