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Letter: Aspiring American leaders should heed these ideas

With the election in sight, some thoughts from Middle America to our aspiring future leaders: -- On taxes. We are looking for extensive and comprehensive tax reform and that beginning at our local level, most notably the property tax. Of all the ...

With the election in sight, some thoughts from Middle America to our aspiring future leaders:

-- On taxes. We are looking for extensive and comprehensive tax reform and that beginning at our local level, most notably the property tax. Of all the taxes heaped upon us, it is the most personal and oppressive. We see it as a permanent lien upon our most valued physical possession, our home. A Homestead Act constitutional amendment prohibiting the taxation of a citizen's primary residence would go a long way in restoring some sanity and credibility in our government.

-- On the economy. The built-in forces driving our current economy continue to create a great divide in who possesses the wealth and resources of this nation. Our government has purposefully and consistently tilted the rules and odds in favor of big business and big money (see Bear Stearns). Our middle class, the only entity standing in the way of an American aristocracy, is melting away faster than the Arctic ice. In short, our nation is due for another "square deal" from our leadership.

-- On foreign policy and trade. We see ourselves as Americans, not global citizens, not world policemen and certainly not crusaders of democracy. Sovereignty, independence and self-reliance were and still are cherished. We are willing to trade but not to have a global economy shoved down our throats for the sake of corporate profits.

-- On immigration. African slavery existed in this country because of greed and power. Illegal immigration exists today for the same purpose. The Mexican slave wave needs to end. Our borders must be secured.

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-- On the environment. Charts, graphs, stats and inconvenient half-truths from an old politician, who gobbles up more energy than most of us, are not impressive or motivating. We are looking for economically viable solutions. Our future leaders must be bold enough to open the doors wide to existing and future technologies.

-- On faith. We're not interested in a theocracy. Neither are we interested in having the religions of humanism and secularism, along with the doctrines of evolution, diversity, tolerance and infanticide promoted and advanced in our public educational institutions or in our halls of government. While we may reject being governed under "Christian Law," we search out leaders who hold and uphold Christian values and principles within the framework of our laws and Constitution.

May God Bless America!

John Saviano

Bemidji

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