The Vent: May 22 - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

The Vent: May 22

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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:15 am

"The current political personalities who are making decisions about the state's present and future are engaging in behavior that is wholly contrary to basic American values: education, economic opportunities, and the general welfare of its citizens. Strong public policies and programs have been replaced by ideology, selfishness and largely sect and religious fundamentalism."

"I purchased gasoline from DiamondShamrock/Valero on May 14, 2011 for $3.17.9 a gallon. Many major brand gas stations are selling regular gas for 35 cents a gallon cheaper than in the Phoenix area. What's up with that?"

"Kleptocracy [klep-TOK-ruh-see]: A government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. See also the United States of America where, as Goethe said, ‘None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.' "

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