Ken Johnson
CONNECTING THE DOTS

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December 6, 2012
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JOHNSON: What, me worry?

Worry worry worry.

So many things happening, so few trying to connect the dots.

The "Fiscal Cliff"; are the forecasts that it would decimate our economy and plunge us into yet another recession/depression accurate? Or more "the sky is falling" worry?

I mean, for goodness sakes, if we can't pay the bills don't we HAVE to cut back some time? If so, why not start now?

Just thinkin' about it, don't ya know?

Worry worry.

Are we ever going to see a NATIONAL energy policy in this country? We haven't for the past 40 years.

So here we are with feckless liberals spouting off about "taking part in the rulemaking" hearings in Colorado. Those are rules for oil and gas drilling.

Is this what we need? More folks with scant information about energy pointlessly sharing their views on how Colorado should manage drilling in the state?

Do we somehow NOT need oil and natural gas for Colorado, and for sale to the rest of the nation?

Anyone recall when Gov. John Love resigned to go to Washington as Secretary of Energy? A very capable administrator and solid thinker, he didn't last a toad's heartbeat in the Washington jungle. Nothing seems to have changed.

How about we demand that the 15 or 20 government agencies who have a say on energy butt out? Let's have one agency that clears all the issues, and gives us a real plan to be self-sufficient, and as the technology and prices change, green. If we start now we could see the sun and wind segments filling a big gap in our use by, oh, say 2025.

If anyone thinks outside of the prize packet in a box of Cracker Jacks, they'll agree we need a full mix of ALL energy to keep this damaged country strong.

Worry.

We'll all enjoy yet another election in a short two years. What about changing the rules? We could require a test before anyone is allowed to vote?

I mean, golly. Shouldn't we have to have SOME knowledge before we get to select our leaders?

My test would be simple:

Everyone who registers to vote has to pass a test: You have to read and write English, and balance a checkbook. No other qualifications.

A friend of mine went further. He proposed a test for our rulers, and all those who want to be part of the ruling class: the president, all members of Congress and all members of the federal judiciary (including Supreme Court Justices) must do their own income tax returns, with no help and beginning April 15, must remain in jail until it is filed.

Do ya think THAT would spur an income tax rewrite?

Ken is founder of the Grand Junction Free Press and former publisher of The Daily Sentinel. He spends his time between the Grand Valley and California.


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