Ken Collins: Too many solutions

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— Have you heard about the economy? It stinks. But boy, are we lucky to have so many experts who know how to fix it. Some, apparently, live right here in Steamboat Springs. I'm surprised they haven't been called to D.C. Maybe what really needs to happen is, everybody just do what they personally can do to help themselves and let the administration try its solution. Where were all these experts when this was happening in the past six to 10 years? Those "pros" in Congress and across the country can't even agree whether it's too much or too little, going to the right people, or to bail or not to bail. It's standard operating procedure: 10 economists equal 10 answers. We can take heart in at least having the most intelligent president in office that we've had in a lifetime. And because there is no real experience for this complicated worldwide problem, I'll take intelligence over anything else, every time.

Ken Collins

Oak Creek

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JLM 5 years, 9 months ago

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

The words of Calvin Coolidge could not be more appropriate for our times. There is no shortage of native intelligence but there is a big shortage of common sense.

The funny thing about common sense is that it is so uncommon. Intelligence without common sense or integrity is useless.

The President's abandonment of his campaign pledge on earmarks as demonstrated by his failure to veto the recent Omnibus spending bill --- also known as the Ears of Pork or the 1000 Points of Pork is troubling not just because it shows him to be a very, very ordinary politician and a man lacking character but because it is fundamentally flawed public policy.

If politics as usual got us into this mess, then politics as usual is not goining to extricate us, or is it?

Pres Obama will ultimately be judged by the quality of his plans and their real results. Not whether he is cool, personally likeable or fluent in Eubonics.

Right now this administration --- while only 1 of the top 18 jobs are filled at the Treasury Department --- has embarked upon the largest expansion of spending and the size of government in the history of the US and has already bet 12% of GDP and intends to bet another 6% of GDP in next 90 days.

Sheesh, you would think they would at least fill out the Treasury team before beginning the most radical financial transformation in history, or maybe that's just me?

Our problems were not caused by a lack of paperless health records, an absence of wind power and too few college scholarship programs --- these are not solutions we need right now.

We need jobs, economic confidence and more money passing through the economy. Raising taxes? Penalizing the entrepreneurial job creating cross section of the economy? Well, not so much just now!

While the President may be intelligent, he is surely inexperienced. And the inexperience is beginning to show.

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