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Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Sept. 16 executive order promoting clean power is likely better than a bill from the California Legislature, which would be more difficult to change.

With California trying to change the two-thirds majority rule to pass the state budget more easily, a simple majority would be a bad thing. Already both the federal and state governments have huge monetary deficits due to uncontrolled spending; the two-thirds rule should be changed to three-fourths in order to reduce the spending.

Already the dollar has become so weak that China is purchasing gold, and the UN is talking about replacing the dollar with a universal currency.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Right fishing for dirt

This almost psychotic hatred the right-wing has for the ACORN organization makes reasonable folk wonder exactly what it is that ACORN did to incur all this vilification. Election 2008 comes to mind.

President Barack Obama was the beneficiary of voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts by these people. So it is obvious that all this expense and energy is being expended in order to first dirty up and then hang this organization around the neck of the president.

My question to the right is, “Is this all you got?” Does the conservative movement intend to spend the next four to eight years crawling around the bottom of the political discourse dressing up like pimps and hookers trying to find something to smear on President Barack Obama?

I guess when your ideas and policies have all tanked and you’re best known for corruption and incompetence, this is all that’s left for you.

Vernon S. Burton, San Leandro

Reform gives IRS power

Let’s consider what would be required of us if a health care reform bill passes. Democrats and Republicans are both offering up proposals, including a “you have to buy insurance” provision with enforcement by the IRS.

We would be required to provide information in order to get the insurance for the IRS to confirm. They will be able to look at bank records, salary information, veteran’s benefits and just about anything that has to do with your income. They would have access to confidential IRS information for millions of taxpayers.

It would allow the IRS to reach into the lives of ordinary Americans. The IRS would have the authority to electronically take funds out of your bank accounts while payment is still in dispute. To get a health care reform bill passed we must surrender our privacy rights.

Richard King, Palo Alto

‘Quick’ recovery to drag on

As an architect with over 30 years of experience, I can tell you that construction projects take forever to get designed, approved and built. So much for expecting quick fiscal recovery help from the federal stimulus funding!

Janet Campbell, San Francisco

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