We are being bombarded with fool-hearty, anti-American actions to make America a socialist nation. First, about climate change and the untruths about the effects. This subject is addressed very well by the Frederick News-Post letter to the editor on Dec. 31 titled, “Yes, climate change is real” by Walter Staruk. I would add the “172-year climate cycle” by Peter Temple is worth examining. Look up “Worldometer, CO2 emissions by Country” for the CO2 emissions for all countries. The amount the United States supplies in no way supports the ridiculous idea of removing fossil fuels.

Then there is illegal immigration. The FNP letter to the editor on Dec. 20, “One step closer to a sanctuary state” by Carol Keeney addresses the Democrats in the Maryland Legislature wanting to make Maryland a sanctuary state. This will put all Marylanders at risk of increased crime as we see in other sanctuary states. Our country is being over-run by illegals who are bringing COVID, sex trafficking and killer drugs into the country with no attempts by Joe Biden or any other of the socialist politicians to stop it.

Our military is being weakened by Biden’s support for everyone to get vaccinated for COVID or be fired. Members of the military are retiring or getting discharged for refusing to get the vaccine. This lack of support for the military must lower the “esprit de Corp” to a dangerous level.

There are other changes taking place like growing inflation, increasing fuel costs and Democrat-run inner-city crime that are adding to the reduction of our country's economy, safety and general well-being.

The letter to the editor dated Dec. 24, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Manchin” by Susan Haney represents a main reason our country is being destroyed from within. That is the people who are voting to keep the socialists in power with totally erroneous, not factual statements. Ms. Haber states, referencing Senator Manchin, “... you ground your heels in, insulted your constituents, turned your back on your party, and decided harming the whole country was worth it to please special interests (i.e., the coal industry)."

It may surprise Ms. Haber, but many of Senator Manchin’s constituents work in the coal industry. An elected politician’s first priority is to their electorate not their party.

William Bugg

Monrovia

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MD1756

Why does the FNP publish opinions that are full of Bull Sh!t. If William Bugg wants to properly compare emissions he should start with per capita emissions. Using his own reference source (Worldometer, CO2 emissions by Country), the U.S. is third in total population and is second in CO2 emissions (and that's just CO2 emissions from fuel combustion), emitting over 14% of the world's total. China with over 1.4 billion people (compared to our 323 million) emits only slightly more than 29%. China has over 4.3 times our population but less than 2.1 times the CO2 emissions and once again that is even with all the manufacturing China does for the U.S.

FNP, if you keep insisting on publishing this type of Bull Sh!t, that clearly contains false and/or misleading information I'll end my subscription and maybe switch to the National Enquirer as a more reliable source.

mrnatural1

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lewisantq

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phydeaux994

We know that the RRR(RadicalRightRepublibans) want Donald John Trump to be America’s President. We know that Donald John Trump wants to be a one man Government. There are many names for one man Governments. Dictatorship is probably the most familiar one but I believe that Donald John Trump would prefer something more ornate. How about “Grand Potentate Ruler of All”? The RRR(RadicalRightRepublibans) want a Country that can be best described as a Fascist/Racist Dictatorship with a Grand Potentate Ruler of All as it’s sole leader. No complicated Constitutions and Rule of law to muck up the system. Very much like what is happening in Venezuela and similar to Afghanistan as far as Human Rights. This is what I believe the RRR(RadicalRightRepublibans) want based on the last six years of comments from them including today’s.

DickD

Phy, we have been Bugged, by a Donald Trumpette!

mamlukman

Too much nonsense to deal with at once. Let's focus on the 1st paragraph, Peter Temple and climate change.

Now, being a staunch socialist (by Bugg's non-definition) I try to start by seeing who people are. So let's take a look at Peter Temple. He has thoughtfully provided us with a Linked-in page ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/petertemple/?originalSubdomain=ca ) . First, I sadly have to report he is a fellow Canadian. However, note that he lives in Calgary. You can't accurately make equivalencies, but let's just say New York is to Toronto as Mesa Arizona is to Calgary. A Conservative wonderland, although the rest of Alberta is much worse.

Temple went to h.s. in Ottawa. Interests? theatre and marching band. Fine. Next, note carefully: "matriculated" at George Vanier Secondary School. I.e., he started, but didn't graduate. In the 60's (and later) Ontario students had to graduate from grade 13 to get entrance to a Canadian university.

He ended up at Ryerson, in Toronto. Without disparaging Ryerson, let's just say that in the 1960s Ryerson was not in the top 15 of best universities in Ontario. He got a BAA in radio and TV from Ryerson. You may well ask, "What the h...is a BAA?" Ryerson invented it: "Bachelor of Applied Arts." In the 1960s Ryerson's focus was on vocational training, not traditional academics. Nothing wrong with that, until you begin pontificating about climate change with your BAA in radio & TV.

Now note that Taylor's professional background is "cycle expert" (!) and he seems to do a lot of speeches and consulting on "market cycles." Thus we leap into climate cycles....

So, having established that there is no particular reason to trust Taylor on climate change (see his video on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKmz7OGcyzU ) we can move on to criticizing his claims. Luckily for me, another youtuber has already done this for me in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1xmiN-vY6E

But let me just throw out a few things he says. Climate is affected by the planets? Astrology? ??? And the only "expert" he cites is Robert H. Wheeler, who died in 1961. He wrote "Climate: The Key to Understanding Business Cycles." He was a professor of psychology. On the side he studied climate cycles and their effect on civilization and the stock market. Note: if climate cycles affected the stock market, one wonders why Warren Buffet, Vanguard, Fidelity, etc. ignore them. As an MBA, I can confidently claim it's nonsense--although of course a drought increases food prices in an area, etc. etc. But cycles? Nope.

In summary, Bugg is placing his trust in fringe figures who have no education or background in climate science. Why? One wonders....

threecents

[thumbup]Mam, Yes, that is where 50% of the GOP is right now.

Burgessdr

Bugg is a socialist who collects SOCIAL security and his medical bills are paid by the socialist program called Medicare.

Boomer631B

always like folks who want us to believe that medicare and SSA are socialist programs when in fact as tax payers we paid for those benefits... they are not programs like illegal immigrants and others tap into that hardly and in some cases never contribute to and yet tap them.

duffy5x

Yeah…you don’t like black and brown people. We know.

BoomBoom doesn't much care for women either....I mean he is just fine with random strangers having more control over his own granddaughters bodies then they have themselves.....he was pointing that out yesterday.

Boomer631B

never got your phone number so I could give you that personal information you so desired... and too funny if you knew my family demographics or other history, but you rather have folks exploit the system than work and earn it in life! typical liberals the entitlement group that wants more and more and gives less and less!

BoomBoom

See I don’t need your “personal information” because I already know all of your personal information, obviously better than you do?

Does it bother you that I know all of your “personal information” ? You talk about your personal information all the time, you realize that right? Me, I just like pointing out peoples cognitive dissonance’s, for some reason it bothers some people? Why does that bother you?

threecents

BB, Huh? What do you think "socialist" means?

shiftless88

boomer; all socialist programs are paid for by taxpayers. That IS socialism. You just don't like the type of "socialism" that benefits others and not you.

DickD

Boomer accepts Medicare and Social Security, he just doesn't want anyone else to get it. Your typical Trumpette

DickD

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-non-citizens.htmAn alien can get S.S. but they must be legally admitted, granted conditional entry, paroled into the U.S., refugee, granted asylum, deportation is being witheld or a "Cuban and Haitian refugee. An illegal alien otherwise is not allowed S.S. and will not file for fear of being caught.

Brewerpaul

Oh, but that's different ;-)

lewisantq

Mr Bugg must be afraid of the United States becoming like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, flourishing Democratic countries with capitalistic economic systems and robust social programs for their citizens. Free medical care for all, great free public education through college, low crime rates, little poverty and clean cities. Oh the horror!! Bob Lewis

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Socialism works until you run out of other people's money. Here is but one analysis of the taxes people pay to support all of the free stuff:

https://taxfoundation.org/bernie-sanders-scandinavian-countries-taxes/

Trot's

You don't understand much do you? At least not how taxes work and that most corporations don't pay a dime in taxes....now if everyone and I mean everyone(including churches) paid their fair share of taxes we would never run out of money to pay for "free stuff"...also we could cut defense spending a tad .....I mean really.....are you that dense to not know this?

wran

Taxes work the way Congress wrote the tax code for them to work. Anyone legally following the tax code is paying the taxes they are required to pay, nothing more, nothing less.

Wran

Look at this Wran knows about taxes....but doesn't know how easy it would be for congress to make taxes fairer for us all...I mean are you okay with paying taxes knowing that your friendly neighborhood church has wealth beyond compare(and continually asks for more money from it's parishioners) and yet they pay nothing in taxes? Or that we spend trillions on aircraft carriers that just sit there and get rusty? Me, it kinda gets under my skin knowing that....but hey if that doesn't bother you, maybe you should ask yourself why? Or you could be a glutton for punishment I suppose?

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Privy, how about you articulate the joys and benefits of socialism for us?

threecents

Every presidential candidate says they will fix taxes so that they are fair, but they usually don't even try. Trump was the funniest because he said he knew all the loopholes for the rich and he would get rid of them. The funny part being that his fans believed he was sincere.

MD1756

PWW, you are simply wrong. ITEP (see: https://itep.org/55-profitable-corporations-zero-corporate-tax/) lists 55 corporations that it says "At least 55 of the largest corporations in America paid no federal corporate income taxes in their most recent fiscal year despite enjoying substantial pretax profits in the United States...." I compared that list of 55 to Fortune 500 (which actually lists the top 1,000 companies). One of the 55 is not on the list and the bottom one that is on the list comes in at #976. So 55 out of 1000 is not most. I seriously doubt that the rest of the corporations are any better at paying no taxes. You should stay away from absolutes and say something like too many corporations don't pay their fair share of income taxes compared to individuals. That is an opinion that many might agree with (including me) but to say most don't pay a dime is simply wrong and then to call out someone saying they don't know much leaves me questioning what you know when you make such an obvious misstatement. Did you learn how to exaggerate from Donald Trump?

MD1756

threecents, the way the current president (and even Donald Trump) wanted to make the taxes fair is to make it more unfair by increasing the income tax gap that those with no children pay compared to those who have children. That's not really fair since those with children place a higher demand on governmental services.

threecents

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mamlukman

Tax Foundation: founded in 1937 by Alfred Sloan (GM chairman), Donaldson Brown (GM VP), William Farish (President, Standard Oil), and Lewis Brown (president of Johns-Manville). All poster children for a fair tax system, I'm sure.

Paul Krugman has accused them of "deliberate fraud" and says "they are not a reliable source" for comparing taxation in different countries. Krugman has a Nobel Prize in economics. I trust Krugman.

duffy5x

Go watch some Fox…

Which program...duffy5x?

See in the evenings I watch MSNBC...starting with Ari Melber...and ending with Rachel Maddow, sometimes a tad of Lawrence O'Donnell..but I could DVR a program or two but usually MSNBC covers Fox pretty well...so and I also trust Paul Krugman and he is on MSNBC a lot...not sure who I should trust on Fox? Who do you trust on Fox duffy5x and why?

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mrnatural1

Great comment Bob! [thumbup][thumbup]

Some people like to equate Venezuela and Cuba with "socialism". They studiously ignore the Scandinavian countries -- probably because they are consistently ranked at the top of just about every quality of life list. Those countries negate any argument that "socialism = bad".

At least one of them has more billionaires per capita than the U.S. as well.

Of course every system of government has its flaws. An 'a la carte' approach is best. There are some areas where capitalism is best, others where socialism works better.

MD1756

You will note that at least some of those good examples of socialistic countries you cite (Scandinavian countries) while increasing in diversity, are not terribly diverse which I think makes it much easier to implement policies. There is also a longer time from self reliance than in the U.S. After all, 11 of our states only became states in 1880 or later.

jsklinelga

Mr. Lewis,

I respect your intelligence but you know how errant those comparisons are. As a member of the EU Sweden and the Nordic countries had to loosen their immigration polices but still remain very restrictive. here is an excellent summary why;

' While cheap migrant labor is welcomed by some small businesses, government officials and economists worry that the shadow economy undercuts Sweden’s economic model, whose generous welfare provisions and high wages are built on high rates of productivity and one of the world’s heaviest tax regimes.?

There is no comparison. And I might add there is no Statue of Liberty .

lewisantq

jsklinelga, So you think immigration policies account for our crazy medical care system. college costs of $50,000 per year and high poverty rates among native born citizens? The immigration policies of these Nordic countries vary. For instance Finland is actively recruiting young immigrants because of their aging population. At any rate I don't believe immigration issues are relevant. These countries have capitalistic economic systems and democratic traditions that are very similar to ours. Sorry, the immigration "boogeyman" doesn't work here. Bob Lewis

jsklinelga

Mr.Lewis,

We could squabble but to what purpose. i used immigration only as an example. Sweden would certainly not permit what happens in the US. The countries are fundamentally different- apples and oranges. Could you imagine a 25% VAT tax in the US? Though it would probably great for climate change. It would certainly put a dent in American consumerism.

DickD

Jim, if you like Sweden so much, why don't you go there?

phydeaux994

You respect his intelligence???? What the heck do you know about intelligence jsk??

stjohn42

We are bombarded with letters from foolish people who don't understand the term "socialist", and who also clearly have no idea of what *actual* threats to the nation look like.

eastmoonrabbit

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

How about you articulate for us the joys and benefits of socialism for us and include who pays for what and how

Dwasserba

Uh. No.

anInterestedPerson

It sounds like Mr Bugg is having a bad case of the Grumpys

Hollering at the clouds again and of course FNP loves to publish people's insane rants..

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Maybe some of the pro-socialists here could articulate the benefits of socialism in a manner that would sway supporters of freedom and democracy.

Trot's what is a pro-socialist? For that matter what is socialism? Remember yesterday when you couldn't define what herd immunity is? Even though you have Google at your finger tips...?

Maybe you can today define what socialism is....after you define what socialism is, I will be more than happy to articulate the benefits.

It's like when people say they believe in a god, I always ask which god, because there is more than one god(I always want to know which god is living in that person's imagination) just like there is more than one form of socialism...so I need to know which form of socialism you want to talk about(which form of socialism do you have living in your imagination)...before I can articulate the benefits.

Also your question is a tad troubling because it indicates you don't have a grasp of even the simplest forms of socialism...because you participate in socialism everyday. Maybe you should articulate the benefits of socialism?

public-redux

Please don’t encourage Mr. Kissin.

Hayduke2

W.T.F. - maybe you could tell me what socialism is in your mind? Is it constructing roads and infrastructure that benefits ALL Americans, is it providing health care options so everyone is able to access the system, is it providing for an educated citizenry so that critical thinking can be a staple in decision making, is it making sure that the elderly have support, is it making sure the air we breathe is clean, that we have drinking water, that our produce and meats are not tainted.... Because if the above are socialist, count me in.

DickD

Hay, one time I wrote a comment to W.T.F. without the periods. Guess what, the Post wouldn't allow it.

Trot's

How does Fox define socialism/liberalism??? Can you perhaps tell me which program to watch on Fox that will give me a good definition of socialism/liberalism? What programs do you watch on Fox? Which host is your favorite ?

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

So far, Privy, just about what I would expect. Nothing.

I'll circle back and see if anyone articulate the benefits of socialism in a manner that would sway supporters of freedom and democracy.

Hayduke2

Still waiting to hear what socialism is from you ?

Maybe Trot's Google is broken??

duffy5x

I would like you to articulate what makes YOUR point of view correct. So far…NOTHING.

lewisantq

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Maybe Harry Truman can help. In1952 he said " Socialism is a scare word they (Republicans) have hurled at every advance the people have made in the past 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people." Harry was right and since then Republicans have continued to use the "Socialism" scare word, labeling Medicare, Obamacare and immigration reform as "socialist". No one supports freedom and democracy more that I do and I'm convinced that these programs called socialist by your pals on the right are necessary for a fair and just society. Bob Lewis

mrnatural1

"Mister, we could use a man like Harry Truman agaaaain!"

(Alternate lyrics to "All in the Family" theme song).

phydeaux994

Whiskey, I asked jsk this question in another article today and got….nothing. So I’ll put it out to you and Boomer and others of your side. If you were a Founding Father today, what would your America look like? What do you want to change, what do you want to keep? Would you institute a “new” Reconstruction Plan to bring minorities into mainstream America? Do you approve of the efforts in many States to make voting more difficult for minorities and the elderly and the poor? Would women have control over their own bodies and lives? Would every American be allowed to carry a concealed weapon as they go about their daily lives? Would the SCOTUS be the body deciding what the laws would be in place of the Legislature? Would Social Programs to help out the down and out be eliminated? Describe America according to you in order of importance to save our Democracy? Or to eliminate Democracy for some other form of Government? Would you change our Education System? Let us know what you want our lives to be. No great detail needed, just an outline of your basic principles needed. Thanks. Any other RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans), feel free to do the same. It’s hard to pin down exactly what you are looking for.

eastmoonrabbit

When I hear some neo fascist carry on about freedom and democracy I want to puke. They don't want American democracy to succeed. It's as bad as the big lie about TFG winning the presidency. And just as detrimental to the country and the world.

duffy5x

It does. Good talk, little buddy.

Hayduke2

Wow, a letter to the editor that is full of alternative facts, misleading information and delusional nonsense. Mr Bugg strikes again.

public-redux

Dear FNP,

What the heck is “liberalism/socialism”?

your adoring public

FlyFisherman

It’s on the continuum balancing Conservative/ Fascism in some universe.

Thank you Public, I was thinking the same thing....do you think perhaps the FNP would be so kind to answer you back? You know they read our comments....so time's a tickin' FNP....what is liberalism/socialism?

public-redux

I will say that many FNP headlines have tickled my fancy over the years for their cleverness. Sometimes — and this may be such an instance — the item needing a headline is so inchoate that the headline writer is simply trying to capture one of the moods.

I think an Onion-style headline would have been better. Perhaps “Area Man Kvetches”

mamlukman

[tongue]

I like your title better Public, because I know what Kvetches means...

threecents

More kvelling and less kvetching please.

threecents

In common usage, it has no actual meaning beyond a curse word that is meant to express anger at "the other side". Also see commie fascist, antifascist, and Cowboy fan.

public-redux

“In 2020, 11,418 people were working in West Virginia's coal industry in total.”

https://www.statista.com/statistics/215786/coal-mining-employment-in-west-virginia/

yogib

It is comfortimg to see that Bugg's letter is beng called out by most responers as typically anti- democracy and fully authoritarian

threecents

WB, Why do you believe fringe theories over what over 95% of climate experts say? I think the biggest problem with this country is disbelief of facts and expert guidance. People such as yourself cherry pick what to believe based only on what fits with your party affiliation. This politization of scientific topics causes inaction and instability - and it is just what Putin wants of us.

FrederickFan

This is why I will always vote Democrat.

Only Republicans could be corrupt enough to call the other side "anti-American," after attacking the US Capitol, murdering the policemen guarding it, and then lying about all of it.

Fredginrickey

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threecents

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DickD

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matts853

Bugg says, “ The amount the United States supplies in no way supports the ridiculous idea of removing fossil fuels.”

Riiiiiiight…well, here’s what the then president of API said in 1965…

“One of the most important predictions of the report is that carbon dioxide is being added to the Earth’s atmosphere by the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas at such a rate that by the year 2000 the heat balance will be so modified as possibly to cause marked changes in climate beyond local or even national efforts,” Ikard presciently added, according to excerpts from his speech published in Nature.

https://www.desmog.com/2018/11/20/american-petroleum-institute-1965-speech-climate-change-oil-gas/

matts853

“Anti-American actions”. Bugg must have missed the insurrection. I’m so glad the head of the Oath Keepers has been charged with seditious conspiracy, that’s about the most “anti-American” crime there is. Bugg off.

matts853

Here’s info on Peter Temple, eminent futurist and market analyst, and supreme climate expert. Just bugg off Bugg. You’re a danger to society with your idiotic nonsense.

https://worldcyclesinstitute.com/peter-temple-bio/

Awteam2021

Plus they’re calling for snow tonight🙇‍♂️

elmerchismo1

"Democrat-run inner city crime"??

fjulia

Impossible to address all of your specious statements, so I'll address one. The military are required to receive numerous vaccinations already. Do we want soldiers, sailors, etc. to pick and choose which directives they will follow! Covid is real (over 800,000 Americans dead), the vaccine works. What threatens this nation are those with closed minds and who "see a Commie everywhere".

matts853

I couldn’t agree more with your last sentence. People like Bugg are beyond rehabilitation into rational people capable of independent thought or objectivity. He sees commie boogeymen in every crack and crevice of society. His mostly baseless right wing tripe isn’t worth publishing.

gabrielshorn2013

Agree with this, fjulia. Mr. Bugg is indeed old enough (if he served) to remember the "shot lines" while being inducted into the service. The military must be at readiness at all times, and having disease running through the ranks defeats that readiness.

DickD

Heck, Gabe, I remember getting a small pox vaccination at four years old. Took four to hold me down! They sat me on the school front steps and said; "Don't rub that off or you will get another one!" They left, I rubbed it off, I got another one! Never had small pox though. lol[innocent]

gabrielshorn2013

Yep. I still have my dime-sized scar on my upper arm from the bifurcated needle used to administer the vaccine. It was from Wyeth Labs back then, and called "Dryvax". My parents had to hold me down while the doctor repeatedly poked me about ten times. Yep, never got smallpox either!

MD1756

We might not have won independence if Washington hadn't required small pox vaccinations of the soldiers.

lewisantq

Obviously a Liberal/Socialist. Bob Lewis

mrnatural1

You jest, but they're comin' to get ya!

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