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Stand up and speak out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Think for a moment, if you were given an opportunity to speak out respectfully about your primary concerns for the key issues facing this nation and you had the opportunity to do so less than 5 feet from the president, vice president, the first lady and many of our elected officials. I encourage you to watch the 27-minute video of Dr. Benjamin Carson, a John Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon who dug his way out of the poorest of situations when he was young and gave a speech last week at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson offered his concerns for the nation on subjects like the deficit, education, taxation, political correctness, partisan bickering and God all while the nation’s leaders looked on. The video is available on YouTube. In case you don’t have access to a computer, here is one of Carson’s many points:

CARSON: “What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he's given us a system. It's called a tithe.

We don't necessarily have to do 10 percent but it's the principle. He didn't say if your crops fail, don't give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in one. Of course you've got to get rid of the loopholes. Some people say, 'Well that's not fair because it doesn't hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10.' Where does it say you've got to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. We don't need to hurt him. It's that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs.”

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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