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Gunn: Government isn't listening to the people - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 116 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 24, 2010, titled Gunn: Government isn't listening to the people - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Bill Gunn has never held political office, but the small-business owner from Ware said he had to run as the Republican candidate in the 1st District race for the U.S. House of Representatives because he said constituents aren't being heard.

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fleeced

Leominster, MA

#42 Oct 25, 2010
Anyone who thinks business should be self regulating should take a long swim in the gulf coast and then tally up our health insurance and energy bills for the last decade and then take a hard look at the origins of the mortgage crisis.

thats not the government reaching for your wallet. that's big business.
haha

Fitchburg, MA

#43 Oct 25, 2010
yup. big business in the very back pocket that the democratic leadership has supported. Both parties have been co-opted.

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#44 Oct 25, 2010
fleeced wrote:
Anyone who thinks business should be self regulating should take a long swim in the gulf coast and then tally up our health insurance and energy bills for the last decade and then take a hard look at the origins of the mortgage crisis.
thats not the government reaching for your wallet. that's big business.
Yea it's a good thing we had government regulations and employees in place to prevent anything bad from happening in the gulf.
http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/senator...
fleeced

Leominster, MA

#45 Oct 25, 2010
haha wrote:
yup. big business in the very back pocket that the democratic leadership has supported. Both parties have been co-opted.
The chamber of commerce and the indian outsourcing firms are currently supporting only 1 party.

Guess which one?
fleeced

Leominster, MA

#46 Oct 25, 2010
Erebus wrote:
<quoted text>
Yea it's a good thing we had government regulations and employees in place to prevent anything bad from happening in the gulf.
http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/senator...
Guess which republican house minority leader said that taxpayers should be responsible for the cleanup?

Did you guess Boehner?

ding! give the kid a cookie!

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#47 Oct 25, 2010
fleeced wrote:
<quoted text>
Guess which republican house minority leader said that taxpayers should be responsible for the cleanup?
Did you guess Boehner?
ding! give the kid a cookie!
Way to change the topic.

The point is that this government has become so over bloated that it can't even regulate itself successfully nevermind any industry.
fleeced

Leominster, MA

#48 Oct 25, 2010
Erebus wrote:
<quoted text>
Way to change the topic.
The point is that this government has become so over bloated that it can't even regulate itself successfully nevermind any industry.
So your solution is to oppose regulation because you don't think we have been effective enough?

That's like starting a heroin habit because you don't think the drug war has been effective enough.

Hello? Anyone home?

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#49 Oct 25, 2010
fleeced wrote:
<quoted text>
So your solution is to oppose regulation because you don't think we have been effective enough?
That's like starting a heroin habit because you don't think the drug war has been effective enough.
Hello? Anyone home?
No my solution is to shrink government enough so that it's actually effective. I know that shrinking government is counter intuitive to progressives but try and grasp the concept of "too damn big to work" for a moment. Kinda like using a steamroller to crack a walnut.
fleeced

United States

#50 Oct 25, 2010
Erebus wrote:
<quoted text>
No my solution is to shrink government enough so that it's actually effective. I know that shrinking government is counter intuitive to progressives but try and grasp the concept of "too damn big to work" for a moment. Kinda like using a steamroller to crack a walnut.
An apt analogy if our problems were walnuts. In reality, our problems span from global terrorist threats, Economic instability, high unemployment, oil spills, etc. If you really think 10 guys from Joe's Bar can tackle these issues, I would like to invite you back to reality.

Big govt/small govt is just empty calories. The reality is that you cannot have tax cuts and a balanced budget. The republicans, being trools of the wealthy ruling class, will try to kill social security. Medicare. Thats all they would be willing to cut.

Democrats support policy like raising tax brackets to hit only millionaires. That's where the money is. The only place, unfortunatly, now that we in the middle class have been fleeced.
Enough

Bolton, MA

#51 Oct 26, 2010
My Mind Has Been Fleeced wrote:
Democrats support policy like raising tax brackets to hit only millionaires. That's where the money is. The only place, unfortunatly, now that we in the middle class have been fleeced.
The RICH, as class warfare democrat socialists like to call them, already pay THE VAST MAJORITY of taxes. The top 5% of wage earners, those nasty filthy rich who must be demeaned for not paying 'their fair share'-- PAY OVER HALF OF ALL FEDERAL INCOME TAXES RECEIVED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

The top 50% of wage earners PAY OVER 96% OF ALL FEDERAL TAXES.

I would conclude, given these statistics, that if the other half of the countries wage earners who are not contributing, spent more time EARNING and WORKING and less time vilifying the rich while asking for 'Free Stuff' our countries tax and spending issues would magically disappear.
Just Facts

Southborough, MA

#52 Oct 26, 2010
abner9418 wrote:
<quoted text>My questions have been answered? I must have missed something. Where did Bill Gunn go to college? Has Bill Gunn run a successful business? Has Bill Gunn had any life experience to lead me to believe he'd be a competent congressman? Those are my questions. Need Change why is nobody answering them?
OK LIL ABNER,

Please provide details on Mr. Olver and his successes in his chosen profession over the last 40 years...oh yeah, he doesn't have any.

The decision to replace Olver is such an easy decision, it's almost laughable. I realize that those like you are still asleep at the wheel, but that cannot be helped.
IDK

Swampscott, MA

#53 Oct 26, 2010
Enough wrote:
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I would conclude, given these statistics, that if the other half of the countries wage earners who are not contributing, spent more time EARNING and WORKING and less time vilifying the rich while asking for 'Free Stuff' our countries tax and spending issues would magically disappear.
I just want to slap you about now. I'm laid off from my $75,000 a year job and it took me almost a year to find one that pays $17.50 an hour. Why? Because I'm in my late 50's. And now I'm about to get a part time "seasonal" job on top of that. How much more can I work? And I still can't pay the amount of tax I used to.

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#54 Oct 26, 2010
fleeced wrote:
<quoted text>
An apt analogy if our problems were walnuts. In reality, our problems span from global terrorist threats, Economic instability, high unemployment, oil spills, etc. If you really think 10 guys from Joe's Bar can tackle these issues, I would like to invite you back to reality.
Big govt/small govt is just empty calories. The reality is that you cannot have tax cuts and a balanced budget. The republicans, being trools of the wealthy ruling class, will try to kill social security. Medicare. Thats all they would be willing to cut.
Democrats support policy like raising tax brackets to hit only millionaires. That's where the money is. The only place, unfortunatly, now that we in the middle class have been fleeced.
Well we've raised the taxes in MA 4 times since Deval took office and we still don't have a balanced budget. Do you know what the definition of insanity is?

Also that whooshing sound is my point going over your head. So I will try again.

Government has grown so big it can't even manage/regulate itself effectively anymore. It has to shrink to become effective again.

Unfortunately the liberal mantra in this state is that there is no problem that can't be solved by another bureaucratic government agency and a tax hike. Because of the large number of people in this state that think like you I don't expect either the budget or regulatory problems to be solved....ever.
kev

Concord, MA

#55 Oct 26, 2010
i'm not a big john olver fan, but there is no way i can vote for gunn. bill gunn's biggest notoriety has come from his MULTIPLE drunk driving arrests - continually putting lives of all of us in danger. Once would be a youthful indescretion, twice would be a flaw in judgement, but he has been arrested repeatedly for getting behind the wheel his car while intoxicated. and if you look at his rap sheet a little closer, you'll even see an arrest earlier this year for disorderly conduct and disrupting congress. Those aren't the type of values that i want in MY representative in congress.
We should have higher standards than bill gunn

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#56 Oct 26, 2010
kev wrote:
bill gunn's biggest notoriety has come from his MULTIPLE drunk driving arrests
Citation?

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#57 Oct 26, 2010
Lunenburg wrote:
John Olver is a political 'ho. He protested our involvement in Iraq but decries our lack of military involvement in Dafur. He goes the way of the leftwing political wind. He not only fully supports Socialized Obamacare he wants it to pay for abortions. He is a sick political hack who can't let go of the power and control politics provides him. Power and politics is to him what alcohol is to an alcoholic.
Those things are not mutually exclusive!
Enough

Bolton, MA

#58 Oct 27, 2010
IDK wrote:
I just want to slap you about now. I'm laid off from my $75,000 a year job and it took me almost a year to find one that pays $17.50 an hour. Why? Because I'm in my late 50's. And now I'm about to get a part time "seasonal" job on top of that. How much more can I work? And I still can't pay the amount of tax I used to.
Don't slap me just yet.

There's a vast difference between guys like you, still out there, busting your rear end, and trying to be a contributor, after contributing for years with your higher salary .... and the tens of millions who've figured out how to game the system to obtain state support for food, housing, SSI, medical, perpetually lobbying for more goodies or a state make work job, while paying in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Lunenburg

Shirley, MA

#59 Oct 28, 2010
sonny brisebois wrote:
<quoted text>Those things are not mutually exclusive!
On that Sonny we can finally agree...
haha

Fitchburg, MA

#60 Oct 28, 2010
I am just so pleased that Olver read the TARP bill and the healthcare bill. Surely he scrutinized these bills, and knew of these line items:



It's for the best. Government can manage your welfare better than your doctor.

Olver, and the rest of congress who passed these abominations should be removed as quickly as possible.
Lynch for Mayor

South Lancaster, MA

#61 Oct 28, 2010
I am not against Bill Gunn, I am against his OBSTRUCTIONIST party! We need more democrats!! I am a registered Independant.

The ONLY issue facing the destruction of America is the JOBS issue. Jobs runs everything! We cannot sustain a healthy powerful economy with unemployment at over 22%.

The REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONIST have voted down ANOTHER PRO_AMERICAN JOBS bill. Here is the law as the language speaks for itself:
S. 3816 (Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act )
Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create American jobs and to prevent the offshoring of such jobs overseas.

Since Ronald Reagan, yes the "Republicans Golden Calf" our country has taken an anti-American worker stance! It started with reagan FIRING the AIRLINE workers!!!

Baker proposes laying off 6000 state employees! Is he really STONED or is he DUMB?? The unemployment rate is over 22%, it is reported that 76% of the public either is unemployed or knows someone directly who is unemployed. Baker is the KING OF OUTSOURCING!

Mr.Gunn is worried about Healthcare for all Americans!! His party is worried about the creation of AMERICAN JOBS!!!!

JOBS pays for healthcare!!!!!! CREATE JOBS at all means neccessary!! AMERICA is failing and the REPUBLICANS are the obstructionist party! They have been voting against JOBS bills for POLITICAL GAIN AND POWER!!! I remember the red faced smiling Republican POWER under the Bush administartion when there was a Republican Senate and House!!

At all cost necessary I would recomend that every AMERICAN call family across this country and have them vote for MORE DEMOCRATS so we can PASS JOB CREATION BILLS without possible REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONIST!!!!!!

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