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Page 8   God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM August 3, 2022 Fair and Biased A conservative view of national, state, and local politics by Steve Fair Chairman, 4th District Oklahoma Republican Party IN THE CENTER RING! A ‘big tent’ is a phrase used in reference to a political Party permitting or encouraging a broad spectrum of views among its members. Instead of enforcing a determined ideology/platform, those in the ‘big tent’ are tolerant of those they disagree with. Those who believe in the Republican ‘big tent,’ follow Ronald Reagan’s credo the person who agrees with you 80% of the time is your friend and not a 20% traitor. Today both the Republican and Democratic Party ‘big tents’ look more like a circus tent than a place to gather and unite. Tolerance of another person’s differing viewpoint is considered weakness. Respect for an opposing opinion is frailty. Loud is the name of the game in the tent. Elected officials and candidates must be roaring, deafening and thunderous or they are considered weak. Insults, name calling, and slander project strong convictions in the Party tabernacle. Substance, truth and humility are secondary attributes. Anger, wrath and fury reign. Details of how to fix all the issues inAmerica are foggy in both of the major Party tents. Here are three observations all Americans, no matter what Party affiliation, should agree on: First, government spends too much money. The money government (at all levels) is provided by taxpay- ers. Government has no money of its own. The government does a terrible job living within its means. The current national debt is 30 trillion dollars. The U.S. federal debt to GDP ratio in 2000 was 57%. In 2022, it is 130%. It seems to matter little which political Party is in power - government spends too much money. Last year, the federal government took in a record amount of revenue - $4.4 trillion - but spent $6 trillion. Government spending financed by higher taxes reduces personal incentive to start a new business or ex- pand an existing one. Redistribution of wealth by government fosters a culture of dependency and depresses risk taking. Until true fiscal conservatives are elected to office, the deficit will continue to grow. Nobel prize winner in Economics, Milton Friedman said, “Keep your eye on one thing and one thing only: how much government is spending.” American government spends too much money and has no plans to slow down. Until voters begin to hold elected officials accountable for the out of the control spending, it will be business as usual. The national debt crisis is real and threatens the very way of life in America. It is not discussed or addressed in campaigns because it’s not booming enough. It doesn’t fire up the troops. Second, government isn’t to be trusted. In a Pew Research Center poll conducted in June, public trust in government is near historic lows. Only 29% of Democrats trust their government to do what’s right. Among Republicans it is 9%. In 1958, 75% of Americans trusted government. How did government become so untrustworthy? Reducing of personal liability, increased regulation, unfulfilled campaign promises contrib- uted to the lack of confidence in government. Promises of reduced regulations, taxation are made during campaigns to be quickly forgotten once sworn into office. Third, the government is the people. The U.S. Constitution begins with the words: We the People. The people are charged with controlling the government. That is done by being engaged in their government all the time. Engagement can vary in degrees - from seeking office to infrequent voting. Until more Americans commit to constant, persistent involvement in their government, the loudest candidate in the tent will prevail. Both political Parties have allowed their ‘big tents’ to become entertainment. Purity tests have been es- tablished to ensure those allowed to enter the tent maintain the ideological purity of the Party, but once in the tent, little serious discussion on issues that unite are conducted. It’s more fun - but less productive - to argue in the tent. Ladies and Gentlemen, now in the center ring, The Polarizing of America! Steve Fair is Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by email at steve.fair@ymail.com. His blog is stevefair.blo Spotlight on Business 317 West Main Duncan, OK 73533 580-252-5977 Steve Markle Owner Steve’s Auto Service All your Repair Needs! Since 1997 Brakes - Oil Changes - Motor Swap Tune-ups REHME MFG, INC. 100 E. 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(across from Police Station) Wed - Thurs - Fri. 10 - 6 Sat 10 - 4 Bryant’s Car Care, LLC 201 W. Main, Duncan • 580-255-2273 For all your automotive needs • Dean Bryant • Jackie Bryant, mechanic Full Automotive Shop Detail is an all day job call for Appointment Dean Bryant Owner 218W Main Duncan Ok 73533 580-252-2273  There is a new business in Marlow that is about as diverse as any. Outlaw Surplus features a vast array of merchandise from home decor to storage buildings.  You are invited to stop in and browse around, and no doubt you will find something that you must have.   Close outs, discontinues, one of a kind from big box stores that you would pay much more for at the original store is available right here in Marlow.  They are a home builder and remodeler dream, hundreds of doors, lots of windows, bathroom vani- ties. The items come daily and leave just as quick sometimes. That means you need to visit frequently to catch the best deals.  Marlow Outlaw Surplus is located at 114 North 2nd across from the Marlow Police and Fire Station just off of Main and a block east of the Highway 81 intersection.  Shana and Jason Miller invite you out to come see what treasures they have found for you. Trick or no treat?  US chocolate manufac- turer Hershey has warned of a shortage of sweets over the Halloween holi- day as it struggles to ramp up supply.  On Thursday, chief ex- ecutive Michele Buck said the firm “will not be able to fully meet consumer demand”.  It is the latest firm to be hit as the pandemic and the Ukraine war challenge production.  Earlier in the day, Swiss food giant Nestle said it had put up its prices again because of “unprecedent- ed” costs.  During a call after Hershey released its latest earn- ings, Ms Buck said the company had found it more difficult to secure ingredients as a result of the war.  She added that disruption to Russian energy sup- plies to Europe - Moscow has cut gas supplies to Germany and the EU is aiming to restrict its energy imports - was affecting Germany, where Hershey sources equipment and supplies.  Because Hershey’s everyday and holiday products use the same manufacturing lines, Ms Buck said the firm made the “tough decision” focus on everyday treats.  “We had the opportunity to deliver more Hallow- een, but we weren’t able to supply that. And we were really producing,” she said.  The period around the Halloween holiday in October is an important one for Hershey. It accounts for around a tenth of the company’s annual sales, as adults and children stock up on KitKats, Twizzlers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  On Thursday, Nestle said it had increased prices by 6.5% in the first half of this year. What if they close the grocery stores and we have to hunt for our food? I don’t even know where Little Debbie lives. Darrell N. Leonard

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