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March 25, 2013
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Letter: Face reality, fix the economy

Face reality, fix economy

The extreme right has a peculiar idea that is based in ideology, rather than common sense. Ryan says that just because the right lost the last election is no reason to give up trying to push their tired agenda. The ideologues want to destroy the New Deal and its social safety net.

The idea that taxes cannot be raised on those fortunate folks whose disposable income is large enough to allow discretionary spending is a joke unless the true reason is exposed. The budget is a smokescreen. Boehner now admits there is no budget crisis!

To continue to call the wealthy “small business job creators” is to perpetuate a myth. The right’s idea is not to solve the deficit problem, but to carry out an Ayn Randian vision of the future (past?) where the government is ineffectual, except for the bedroom police. Then the Koch Brothers and their ilk are free to live like the Robber Barons of the late 19th century, while the rest of us have no safety net, or future.

A less ideological, more practical approach to the financial problems of the country is to first enact policies that encourage job growth. A growing GDP will provide a larger tax base and restart the American economic engine. There is always a role for government in the process: providing Research & Development funding, rebuilding our infrastructure, doing away with subsidies to industries that do not need them, ending goverment assistance to companies moving overseas, and raising the capital gains rate to the regular income tax rate. We lost a lot of our home-grown economy through sheer intertia. We need to get the right wing to work on job creation, rather than more anti-abortion bills. Face reality; they lost the election.

David Grant

Myrtle Creek

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