This is an open letter to the  opinion piece written by editor David Schiefelbein  in the Lake Sun  Jan. 21.

Once more, I ran into my old friends Bud and Lou at their favorite watering hole here at the lake.

As usual, they were discussing local, and occasionally world, topics over an adult beverage.


This is an open letter to the  opinion piece written by editor David Schiefelbein  in the Lake Sun  Jan. 21.
Once more, I ran into my old friends Bud and Lou at their favorite watering hole here at the lake.
As usual, they were discussing local, and occasionally world, topics over an adult beverage.
The conversation went something like this.
Bud: Did you read the piece by the Lake Sun editor David Schiefelbein in the January 21 edition of the Lake Sun?
Lou: No! I was sitting home wondering when I can go fishing and play golf again.
Bud: You might have to wait a while for that. Why don’t you do something to stimulate your brain?
Lou: I do enough of that just listening to you prattle on about some imaginary problem here at the lake. But, as long as we are here with no place to go and nothing to do, why don’t you enlighten me?
Bud: David has really hit the nail on the head this time.
Lou: That is a first. What is he bringing to the forefront this time?
Bud: He goes into detail about how our two major political parties are in the business of governing our country by distributing pork in a manner to benefit one group or another. The interest of Americans as a group is not nearly as important as who gets the pork.
Lou: So what else is new? We have discussed this till the cows come home. This is not exactly a top secret military adventure.
Bud: This time he has brought into the open how someday a third party will rise up out of the wreckage that consists of our current two party system and eliminate them from power.
Lou: If I could only live until that day. Does he go into how this third party will change the way we are governed?
Bud: No! He stops his article just as it gets interesting.
Lou: Oh no! Do you have any idea how this change may come about?
Bud: I think so. Imagine if a group came out telling Americans what they intend to do if elected. They could start by telling everyone we will not spend every nickel of Social Security withholding as soon as it hits Washington. We will hold enough back to ensure the future health of the program. We will eliminate the current obsolete 68,000-page income tax system and establish the fair tax program or something similar to completely eliminate federal income taxes and payroll taxes by shifting the tax burden to a consumption tax. Not only will this put more money in the pockets of the taxpayer, lack of corporate income and payroll taxes will induce companies from all over the world to open manufacturing plants here in the USA to take advantage of our educated workforce. This will jump start our economy and create thousands of high paying jobs.  We will ensure a strong military defense without taking half-baked expensive risks overseas which lack a well defined operational concept and exit strategy. We will place restrictions on lobbyists in their effort to promote narrow interests in support of whoever hires them. The special interest groups will have to stand on the validity of their position, not on how much money they contribute to any certain party or individual. Our party members will be prevented from accepting campaign funds from ANY special interest group under any condition. Also, if any enemy tries to conduct terrorism here in the USA or attack our citizens overseas, they will be tracked down and destroyed, regardless of the cost. Those are just a start, but should give you an idea.
Lou: That is truly well thought out, Bud. I didn’t know you had it in you.
Bud: Lou, I am tired of the way our country is being run. If you remember, I told you last fall I was going to change my party affiliation to independent, which I have. I don’t know if the independents are organized enough to carry out what I think must be done. I don’t know if we will live long enough to see this change coming, but it is coming, Lou. It is coming!
Carl Hubbell, Linn Creek