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What’s happening to our country?

July 14, 2013
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

American citizens are asking - What is happening to our country and what exactly are our elected representatives doing to prevent our liberties and prosperity from being taken from us? Well, in case of the federal government, the answer is nothing.

Do you want some examples? Here are a few. Are you wondering why your electric bill is higher? This is because the EPA made the emissions of carbon dioxide standard so high that power plants can't afford the cost of implementing the mandate so it is being passed on to the consumers, or in many cases many plants have closed. The federal government's environmental regulations now trump that of the states. This action, in sane times, would be contested by all 50 states as an infringement of state sovereignty protected by our Constitution.

The amnesty for illegals under the Obama administration has been pushed. The D.R.E.A.M. Act does give illegals rights afforded to American citizens, but this isn't enough so to open the door to citizenship, so Congress is now pushing an amnesty bill. The government estimates there are 12,000 illegals in the U.S. (double that) but to get the bill passed, according to lawmakers, the No. 1 priority is building of a fence. It's funny, because on Oct. 27, 2006, then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Public Law 109-367 stated that 700 miles were set to be completed the end of 2008. In 2009 32 miles had been built, and the remaining 4.3 was under the Obama administration. A total of 36.3 miles has been completed. Isn't there someone in government who remembers this law? We do have some career politicians.

The war on coal began when Obama was running for president, and it has started up again. Never mind that this source of energy supplies approximately 48 percent of America's electricity. Recently, Obama completely bypassed Congress and enacted policies against coal, instead of pushing green energy. This new industry has been embraced by Obama, and taxpayers are subsidizing it. This new energy hasn't had a good record and since Obama has been in office there have been 34 companies that have gone bankrupt or closed. Billions in taxpayer money has been spent. (

All of these things that Congress voted against because American citizens didn't want them, such as cap-and-trade and amnesty, are being given to us by the Obama administration in the form of executive orders. The United States is still a represented republic, and our representatives need to exercise their authority given to them by the Constitution and do the will of the people before we become a dictatorship.

Merica Petrella


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