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8B Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETTERS, from page 7B new year. Jan Klement Quincy Treaty boycott Good news! According to Fox News, the United States and 20 other western countries boycotted the United Nations treaty regulating the Internet. Eighty-nine of the 193 mem- ber nations signed the agree- merit. 'A free and open Internet with limited restrictions has been critical to its develop- ment into one of the greatest tools for empowering people to connect and Share information globally," said U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who represents part' of Silicon Valley, in a state- ment from Washington. "But there are countries and groups who wish to exert greater con- trol over the Internet in order to restrict or censor it for polit- ical or cultural reasons," she added. "We need to stand firm against those kinds of threats # if we want the Internet to con- tinue as a vibrant engine for innovation, human rights, cul- tural and economic growth." The fight may not be over, however. According to Reuters, "Delegates from the United States and other hold- out countries said they would continue to press at other in- ternational gatherings for uni- fied support of what they call a 'multi-stakeholder model,' in which private industry groups set standards and play a large role in the development of the medium." Other countries who are pushing for United Nations' control over the Internet be- lieve as Tariq al-Awadhi of the United Arab Emirates, head of the Arab States' delegation does, that "the treaty should cover all forms of telecommu- nications, including voice- over-Internet protocol and In- ternet-based instant messaging services." Stay tuned. As we march ever forward to global gover- nance and United Nations' control over our lives, we must stay on guard to prevent this kind of takeover of our free- dom. Bravo to the American delegation for standing firm -- so far! Lynn Desjardin Portola Greedy herd Lets look at wealth. In the U.S. the top 20 percent hold an astonishing 89 percent of pri- vately held wealth. The top 10 percent Own 80 percent of stocks, bonds, trust funds and business equity. The top 1 per- cent own 64 percent of finan- cial securities, and 62 percent of.business equity. Eighty- eight percent of them own more than $10,000 in stock. The top 400 families saw 'heir wealth triple under Clin- ton and double under Bush. Their average income was $345 million each. Thanks to Bush's tax cuts in capital gains and dividends their income rose 30 percent in one year. Only 2.7 percent of us inherited from $50,000 to $100,000. Only 0.6 percent of the U.S. population had to pay inheritance taxes, yet over 10 years those tax breaks will deprive $253 billion from government revenue. The top 1 percent hold 6 per- cent of private debt. The bot- tom 92 percent of us hold 73 percent of it. In 2010 the median CEO salary was $9.6 million. From 1990 to 2005 their salaries in- creased 298 percent. The aver age factory worker's salary in- creased 4.3 percent. In 2005 the average CEO's salary was 300 times the average factory worker's. , Now entitlements. Ninety percent of them go to elderly, seriously disabled and mem- bers of working families: Only 10 percent goes to nonworking poor. Less thn 6 percent of our total budget. The image of the welfare rat is a myth. Social Security is 20 percent of our total budget. All of the top 10 European nations spend a larger amount of their GDP on social needs than we do, and no, they are not the ones in t We're asking each of you to spend at least $.100 of your holiday shopping budget right here in Plumas County, Why? If each of our readers* spent $100 in Plumas County it would put $1,853,000 back into our local economy, We would be keeping our money here,, ,right here in our own community, We can do this even with simple things like getting our cars serviced or our hair done before we travel, *Based on an average of two eades per newspaper. Help your community prosper by shopping locally, If you do, we will all be helping each other, Isn't that what the holidays are all about? FEATHER PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. Feather River Bulletin Portola Reporter Indian Valley Rbcord Chester Progressive trouble. On average all Euro- pean countries combined spend 54 percent of GDP on so- cial needs. We spend 16 per- cent. A greedy herd is raping this nation while their media tries to propagandize us to give them still more, always more. Don't be foolish enough to be- lieve them. Rose Pettit Portola Stimulus doesn't work I find it preposterous, and so predictable, that the political left is saying Republicans are holding the "middle-class tax cuts hostage" during negotia- tions concerning tax increases and spending cuts to reduce the annual trillion-dollar-plus federal deficit. First, when President Bush and Republicans worked to pass 10 percent tax cuts for all taxpayers, Democrats (a con- gressional minority) fought tooth and nail to prevent any tax cuts, and have slurred the "Bush tax cuts" ever since. Now, they are trying to lay claim to the cuts for 98 percent. Blatant hypocrisy. Second, the Bush tax cuts were really the repeal of the Clinton/Democrats' massive tax hike of 1993 -- the first year Democrats regained control of Washington politics since Carter. Why don't Democrats honestly talk about "restoring the Clinton-era massive tax in- creases"; that's what it really is. They've been called "tax and spend Democrats" since FDR, and it didn't work for him, either. Third, and most important, which stimulus works? Obama used Keynesian "stimulus" and the unemployment rate went up to 10 percent, and this month it's just under 8 percent. Bush used supply-side stimu- lus and the unemployment rate peaked at 6 percent, and in De- cember 2005 it was at 5 percent, down from 5.4 his third year, per "The Economist." Fourth, Obama predicted in his first budget that his Keyne- sian stimulus would lead to 4 percent GDP growth every year after passage, and it only got up to 2.7, then 1.8. Only 0.7 percent is forecast for 2013. Bush's third year GDP growth was 3.7 percent, and the third quarter of 2005 was 4.3 percent. Keynesian stimulus does not work, even Obama's trillion- dollar-per-year deficit spend- ing. Gene Kailing Portola Census countdown begins for nation's farmers, ranchers America's farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to make a posi- tive impact on their commu- nities by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculturel Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agri- cultural Statisti.cs Service, the census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranch- 'e:s:ahd those who operate them. "The census remains the only source of uniform, com- prehensive agricultural data for every county in the na- tion," said Renee Picanso, di- rector of NASS' Census and Survey Division. "It's a criti- cal tool that gives farmers a voice to influence decisions that will shape the future of their community, industry and operation." The census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expen- ditures and other topics. This information is used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities from fed- eral, state and local govern- ments to agribusinesses and trade associations. For exam- ple, legislators use the data when shaping farm policy and agribusinesses factor it into their planning efforts. "Your answers to the cen- sus impact farm programs and rural services that support your community," Picanso said. "So do your part andbe counted when you receive your form, be- cause there's strength in numbers that only the census can reveal." In 2007, U.S. farmers re- ported more than 2 million farms, spanning more than 922 million acres. This showed nearly a 4 percent in- c/'ease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous cen- sus in 2002. These new farms tended to have more diversi- fied production, fewer acres, lower sales and younger oper- ators who also worked off- farm. This telling informa- tion and thousands of statis- tics are only available every five years as a direct result of farmer responses to the cen- sus. NASS will mail out census forms in late December, to collect data for the 2012 calen- dar year. Completed forms are due by Feb. 4, 2013. Pro- ducers can fill out the census online via a secure website, agcensus.usda.gov, or return their forms by mail. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. For more information, visit ag- census.usda.gov. "The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility." Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR