TCU Daily Skiff Friday, April 23, 2004
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Jason Ratigan, freshman history major

I wish to respond to Ezra Hood’s column that ran earlier this week by defending the truth and morality and by being 100 percent biased . . . I mean honest.

First, the failed economy under our commander in chief equals 1,800,000 job losses. Pretty big number isn’t it? But don’t worry, we created somewhere around 700,000 new jobs. We’ll my math is fuzzy, but I’m not quite sure that’s growth. Let’s see, 1.8 million jobs lost, less than three-fourths of a million jobs regained. Here’s a quick lesson in U.S. government and the economy. More taxes means that the government has more money. Pretty simple concept to grab hold of, right? That money goes to job creation, helping the poor and homeless and paying of a debt that increases by the second more than many make in a year.

Laissez faire you say? I don’t think so! You see laissez faire is a tried and failed policy. Remember September 1929? When the stock market and the whole economy thing went down a bit — underestimation . . . yeah. So if you like laissez faire, I guess you don’t mind Microsoft having a monopoly on the operating system “industry.” There’s no such thing as laissez faire anymore, the government is in everything economic you can think of, and that’s a good thing, people. Yeah, good idea Ezra lets kick the government out of education so that Texas can sink lower and lower with respect to other states — 23rd in 2004, as opposed to 14th in 2002.

Part two, capital punishment. This one’s fun, especially in Texas. In 2002, Texas executed 33 people, you know who was the second closest? Oklahoma with seven. I’ll let that sink in for a second . . . 26 more people were killed in Texas by the government than the second highest in Oklahoma. Of 3,557 people under sentence of death in 2002, 51 were women. All these minor statistics are from the Bureau of Justice, by the way.
But as this was supposed to be a direct attack on Ezra, I’ll try to keep it that way. I believe a main point was the “activist judges.” He said that a lot, the “activist judges” are “writing laws” and “that’s what we have legislatures for.” Kinda like those “activist judges” who said that a small group of black kids could go to school in Little Rock because it was their constitutional right.

These judges are interpreting the law, not making new ones. When there are landmark cases, they are supplements to the Constitution itself. Just because something isn’t quite as convenient as we’d like it, doesn’t mean we have to throw it out, and that is why the Constitution is in place — to make sure that what we want is right as well as popular.
Bottom line is this: Be true to your beliefs, don’t hide from having a view, just don’t say you’re being fair and equal when you have no intention of doing so. Think about issues, don’t run away from them, right or wrong. I know it’s in you all, if I can get my roommate to listen to Al Franken, by God, anything is possible.
 
 
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