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Fiddling while the ship sinks

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

I was amused by the analogy by one of the environmentalists from CURED about arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Wow, is that a great statement, which means nothing?

If youíd like to use the Titanic analogy, then letís talk about the sinking of the country from over-regulation and government interference in the creation of jobs.

Or letís talk about the upcoming health care crisis, greatly exacerbated by Obamacare, which is documented daily in the news about skyrocketing costs, shortages of doctors and government oversight and control. Not to mention cost to the taxpayers.

Or letís talk about the burden of public pensions on future taxpayers Ė and those who have them but are against the creation of jobs to help fund those future obligations.

Or letís talk about the success of CURED in achieving the goal of getting Sublette County designated a ďnon-attainmentĒ area, which will pretty much exist forever and greatly limit future job creation in our area from the natural resource extraction industry.

Or letís talk about the impending listing of the sage grouse which will affect everyone who tries to make a living in the West Ė tourism, rancher, oil and gas, outfitter and guide, hunter or sportsman.

But, I donít think an analogy about a gas processing facility has any merit in being compared to the Titanic, especially if you have a family to feed, employees to pay and want any kind of future for your children.

Dave Bell, Pinedale

For the complete article see the 03-26-2013 issue.

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