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Sick, tired of gross lack of oversight

Frazee, Minn. We send our military overseas to make sacrifices for our country. Big business can move overseas taking U.S. jobs with them for their own benefit. What good has NAFTA done for our country? Has it given us cheaper and sometimes infer...

Frazee, Minn.

We send our military overseas to make sacrifices for our country.

Big business can move overseas taking U.S. jobs with them for their own benefit.

What good has NAFTA done for our country? Has it given us cheaper and sometimes inferior products so that stockholders can make more money at the expense of people in our own country?

Now some want drilling for oil off our shores and in Alaska. It might be a good idea if our government could guarantee not to put this oil on the open market. But, I believe, the oil companies would sell it to the highest bidder, which may not be the United States. Why take a chance at this point?

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Saudi Arabia owes us big time for saving "their butt" from Saddam. We also protected some of their royal family from retaliation by sending them back after 9/11. Why didn't President Bush remind them of these facts on his last visit? He sure doesn't have any "backbone" as far as I am concerned. Because of these facts, he could have made a deal with the Saudis for oil.

Also, anyone could see that a law that enables people to sell their home every two years, and not pay taxes on their profit, and that enables them to buy more expensive houses every two years, that this could not go on forever.

Well, we found out there is a limit on home value and lending done on speculation. Home values that would do nothing but rise had nothing to do with the real value of these homes. The real value was not even considered. Just the profit everyone was making was. Look and see now where this has gotten us.

I am sick and tired of no oversight in our government.

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