Congress, 8th District: Larkin’s claims ignore facts

I recently received a campaign mailing from Matt Larkin, who is running for Congress in the 8th District. I was struck by the lack of facts and the bombastic claims that are both false and reminiscent of a former president. His “plan” is to oppose the policies that he believes create inflation. Funny part of that idea is that there is no nation on earth that has been untouched by high rates of inflation. According to Larkin and his radical righ-wing allies President Biden has created this global problem; with no recognition of the global pandemic nor an exceptionally disruptive war created by Vladimir Putin that has led to higher fuel and food prices.

Another part of his “plan” is to reduce American dependence on foreign oil. He is either unaware of the fact that we have been a net exporter of petroleum products for more than a year or he just does not care about the facts.

One of the entertaining ideas he stands on is that we should make crime illegal again by securing the southern border, which apparently would solve the drug problem. I wonder what crimes would, by definition, be legal?

Finally, he believes that we have a tyrannical government, yet he wants to go on its payroll. Larkin apparently believes that we are in the same category as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran in terms of tyranny. We already have an excess of congressional representatives for whom facts and problem solving approaches are irrelevant. We don’t need a representative who promotes falsehoods and lacks substance. We deserve better.

Kenneth MacDicken


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