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Off the Editor’s Desk – 7-29-2015

Can’t believe that Donald Trump is topping all the presidential polls since he threw his hat into the ring with the more than a dozen other Republicans seeking to occupy the White House come 2017.

It seems that people like a person that speaks his mind. When it appears that he has stuck his foot into his mouth again, his polls numbers rise. I think people are sick and tired of this politically correct agenda that is being pushed down our throats.

Nationally, Trump is riding at the top of the polls, followed by Jeb Bush and our own Scott Walker. However, Walker leads in the Iowa poll. But it is still 16 months until election and a lot can change by then.

Here is what I am afraid of: if Trump does not get the Republican nomination, he will run as an independent. If that happens, Hillary will be elected. It will be a repeat of the of the 1992 presidential election which allowed Bill Clinton to become the president. Remember Ross Perot? He ran as an independent then and took almost twenty percent of the vote, most of whom were Republicans that would have voted for George H. W. Bush, thus giving Clinton the win. If it were not for Ross Perot, Hillary would not even be in the picture now, I believe.

Hillary and the other Democratic candidates all spout off about government programs that are needed to help the poor. Some candidates push for free education, free health care, free everything. I have news for them, there is no such thing as free, and someone has to pay. If there are more people milking the cow than feeding it, the udder will soon dry up.

In the Sunday edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was an item taken from The Janesville (WI) Gazette about Paul Ryan.

According to the Gazette, “Ryan, who as House Ways and Means Committee chairman holds great power, deserves more credit than his critics would offer. He spent parts of two years traveling the country, without seeking publicity, to better understand the poor and society’s safety nets.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Today, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, we are once again debating the best way to help the least among us. We should take stock of the federal government’s anti-poverty programs, and figure out why we have yet to achieve the total victory Johnson predicted.

Ryan believes too many Americans have grown dependent on handouts rather than taking responsibility for their own well-being. That’s a valid argument, even though as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, Ryan took heat for having suggested Americans consist of ‘makers and takers’.” Ryan has not stopped probing poverty’s causes as he prepares to draft a welfare overhaul plan with congressional Republicans in 2016,” says the Gazette.

A question that was posed to me recently asked, “Are government programs helping the poor or creating more poor?”

Thanks for reading!   — Carlton