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Updated: August 11, 2013 6:33AM



Petitions give false sense
of control and power

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are two of the top Republican contenders for President in 2016.

Both of them have a website where you can sign a petition to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Both of them have the same argument, that the I.R.S. can no longer be trusted due to the recent scandal involving conservative groups being targeted by I.R.S. agents.

To issue a petition to abolish a critical government agency seems reckless and irresponsible until you understand that there is no petition, at least not in a legal sense. These website petitions carry no legal power and are designed to deceive people to sign up for a mailing list. No petition has ever been used to pass a single piece of legislation and at best only serve to give politicians a sense of what voters want. But if the will of the majority of voters carried enough weight to pass legislation, there would be background checks for gun buyers. In the end it is still the vote of Congress that is the only thing that carries any legal power.

If you let the facts stand alone as evidence, as many liberal organizations were reviewed for tax-exempt status as were conservative organizations. The limit of this so-called scandal begins and ends with a memo directing I.R.S. agents to keep a watchful eye out for conservative groups requesting tax-exempt status.

To ignore the facts and call for the abolition of a crucial government agency based only on a memo serves no purpose and only brings disgrace and discredit to the political office that these men were elected to serve. If these two politicians are said to be among the best and brightest to represent their party, what does that say for the rest of the Republicans?

The genius of a petition is that it gives a person a false sense of control and power over a perceived problem when in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that if these two politicians had any real respect for anyone they wouldn’t be playing everyone for fools.

When it comes to petitions, it doesn’t matter if you take the red pill or the blue pill, you still end up falling down the same rabbit hole.

The hard cold reality is that there is no scandal. There is no petition. The power and control you perceive is only an illusion designed to control you.

Welcome to the real world.

Michael J. McGregor

Chesterton

It is the economy

Dear Mark Leyva, yes, it is the economy. It’s not the immigrants, legal or illegal. It’s not the poor people on welfare and food stamps. It’s not the sick people without health care.

It’s the economy.

Why don’t we fix the big things? Wall Street manipulation, legal or illegal. Big and little bank games without the paperwork — talk about moving the bases when the ball is in the air!

Let’s stop the communistic corporate welfare that the energy companies enjoy. Farm subsidies? Give my family a subsidy for not eating the food the farmers don’t grow.

Are the Washington, D.C. lobbyists all over the law or just 90 percent of them?

It’s the economy, stupid.

Wil Struggard

Lowell



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