Can’t support the anti-tax stance of Republicans

The Herald’s James McCusker commented in his July 28 column on the two economic growth strategies by the Democrats and Republicans. This reading disappointed me however.

He seems to start out with the premise that both parties have legitimate strategies. The Democrats have ideas that in the past have resulted in strong economic growth. These plans have put more money into the hands of lower income Americans who in turn have stimulated the economy by virtually spending every dime they get. History demonstrates over and over that a vibrant middle class is the best solution for raising all boats.

But the system breaks down when ideology shows its ugly, ugly head. The ideology on the right is simple: Give the wealthy money, they will invest it and then we all win. This is OK except when we underfund schools, rape the environment or starve children and deny them decent medical care to get the wealthy this money.

The most recent failure of this “taxes are always bad” philosophy is Kansas. The state ‘s anti-tax religion backfired in their faces. The Republicans seem to be all true believers these days. And the rich want to hear how their increased wealth is not only good for them but for the poor as well.

It’s all very fishy. So fake economists are at the ready to lie for money with the utmost charm and smoothness. I think it’s time for average people to turn off Fox News and get back their common sense. The Republicans believe fervently in the idea that government is bad, that wealth sharing is bad and that whatever they want to believe is legitimately scholarly.

It’s getting pretty late in the ballgame and we need a sizable portion of patriots to wake up before we go the way of Greece. We’ve already done the unthinkable by being gullible enough to buy Trump’s nonsense and constant lying. I’m getting more pessimistic by the day. But I would appreciate those who write for The Herald take off their “objectivity” blinders. Objectivity is no longer seeing both sides of the political divide but clearly seeing and stating the Republican lies and total disregard for those who are financially struggling.

Rick Walker


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