America can't spend into prosperity

George Bush's economic stimulus package will give individuals who have an income between $3,000 and $75,000 check amounts of $300 to $600, according to www.jbs.org/. Married taxpayers who earn up to $150,000 will receive $1,200. Included in this package is also a $300-per-child tax credit. According to CNNMoney.com: "The package also includes tax breaks for equipment purchases by businesses, as well as payments to disabled veterans and some senior citizens."

Critics of the measure included congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. In his weekly column, Paul stated: "I am in favor of taxpayers getting some of their money back, however temporary tax cuts and one-time rebates will not 'fix' the economy. What we desperately need right now is real deep significant tax cuts that are enabled by big spending cuts and reduction of government waste that is so rampant. Unfortunately, too many in Washington still believe we can spend our way into prosperity, which does not work and never has."

I agree. The government is merely returning money that was ours to start with. Instead Congress should abolish the Marxist Progressive Income Tax by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment and return us to the freedom to invest in unregulated production for prosperity.

Frank M. Pelteson

Las Vegas

Feds ignore U.S. Constitution

When U.S. citizens make contracts for goods, services, or other reasons, each party to the contract is expected to abide by it. However, there is one contract that seriously affects every citizen, but few pay attention to it. It is the U.S. Constitution, a contract between our citizens and the federal government.

The original 13 states established our federal government with very limited powers, primarily to repel invasions. Individual states were responsible for most government actions. If a state became too oppressive, people could simply move to another state.

The Constitution authorizes only Congress to make federal laws. Hence, a Supreme Court decision or a presidential Executive Order cannot become a law. Yet, these decisions and orders have been used as laws.

In the more than 200 years that our Constitution has been in effect, only 27 amendments have been ratified. Today, those who want to make a change simply circumvent the Constitution. There is no constitutional power to have federal involvement in education, housing, health, foreign aid, and many other activities. Therefore, about 80 percent of what the federal government does is unconstitutional.

We are living in a partial police state because the feds do not obey our Constitution. Unless enough of our citizens demand that the feds abide by the Constitution, we soon will be living in a total police state.

Alex Randis

Northridge, Calif.