To the Editor:
Values are what this election season is about. Republicans believe that after 12 years of the biggest tax breaks for billionaires there still needs to be more before the “job creators” will stimulate the economy and as always, too much regulation is the demise of our nation. We have a party entrenched in its values expecting the other side to move.
In states controlled by Democratic leadership the Republicans espouse one party rule with socialist tendencies and the collapse of government. Yet when Republicans take control of a state, we see a scripted recipe that includes the restriction of collective bargaining, voting rights and an all out attack on women’s issues.
Democrats believe the rich can not spend enough money to stimulate an economy as huge as ours. Therefore, it must be government that starts people back to work by rebuilding our infrastructure so consumers can buy materials and tools and in doing so, stimulates demand for products so investments can be made.
Democrats believe in regulations to insure protection to both the public and the participants in the business world, such as insuring a safe food supply, safe water and air, as well as integrity on Wall St.
The Democrats are asked to compromise by increasing the tax breaks for the richest in our country, to put Medicare on a voucher that will be worth less each year due to inflation and to cut regulations so severely that it becomes prohibitively expensive to sue a corporation which makes harmful products. When Democrats say no, they are considered obstructionist and the name calling and attacks begin. Even though the attacks are untrue, Republicans manage to speak loud enough and long enough that even the people who should be asking why, become silent.
Democrats believe that the state’s financial condition is in direct relationship to the monies they receive from the Federal government. Two wars on credit, a drug prescription plan unfunded and a derailing of our economy is directly responsible for our state’s, municipal and school funding issues. Yet, while running up the debt Republicans did not ask how they would pay for it.
As Democrats are accused of taxing and spending, Republicans believe in the theory of two Santa Clauses. Run up the credit card and give the tax breaks to the top, which means less taxes coming in and then don’t pay for it. Simply, give the bill to the Democrats and criticize them for the debt problem.
Does McConnell help promote the cause of compromise when he vowed to do everything in his power to insure the President’s failure and proceeded to vote down 60 job bills or when the House Speaker screams, “no, no, hell no” regarding a tax increase for our richest citizens? Remember, right wing parties that pour in millions of dollars for their candidates are not doing it to support a moderate. Whose values do you support?