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GOP: Republicans are wrong for America

Letter by Kerry J. Phibbs, South Hill on Oct. 13, 2011 at 10:55 am with 13 Comments »
October 13, 2011 2:02 pm

Republicans have been wrong for America for more than a decade. Starting with Enron, Republican laissez-faire attitudes toward business have resulted in disastrous consequences, culminating in the worst economic conditions since Reagan and a country that could barely wait for them to get out of office.

They learned absolutely nothing from this: They still tout their failed propaganda of less regulation and lower taxes.

For two years they have been fighting attempts to improve our situation and get people back to work. Consequently, we are still struggling because of failed Republican policies.

If you actually ask business what they need or listen to business people when they call in to radio shows, they say that taxes and regulations are not the problem. The problem is lack of consumer demand. They need the middle class to buy things. And they say that Republicans are out of touch with business.

Why aren’t consumers spending? Well, those who are still working are spending. Go to Costco, and this is evident. But a large segment of the population is out of work, put there by ruinous Republican policies that weakened us with nonsensical tax policies and then encouraged wild, irresponsible practices that plummeted the world into this recession. Now they strangle the world’s largest employers: our local and federal governments.

The middle class got virtually nothing from Republican economics (such as the Bush tax cuts). Get rid of these, and we will be fast-tracking toward deficit reduction and employment.

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  1. redneckbuck says:

    African Americans have sold their souls to the Democratic party for the last 30 years………Yeah they are doing great!

  2. olympicmtn says:

    So I assume the letter writer has no problem shopping at Costco a non-union work environment that provides jobs for the community?

  3. redneckbuck says:

    Union, nonunion, that is not the issue. You can have five nonunion jobs or 3 union jobs and 2 in the poor house. Union jobs just pass the costs on to the consumer.

  4. What a crock of crap. Business is sitting on a pile of capital that would reach from here to Wall Street. Business isn’t investing because of the stupidity emanating out of the Obama administration. When you don’t know what the next nutty regulation emanating out of Obamaland is going to be, you hold onto your capital hoping for a brighter day. That is just a little over a year away when we flush this ignorant clown down the nearest sewer.

    “And I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration.And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.”

    “The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.”

    Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, who employees 20, 000 people.

  5. LarryFine says:

    Kerry… Enron’s practices in question took place under Bill Clinton… Ken Lay was prosecuted under Gearge Bush.

    “A large segment” ??? 10% is “a large segment”??? Granted, it’s higher than it was under Bush, but “a large segment”???

    Perhaps “a large segment” see thru the Obama failed policies and are simply saving for the inevitable rainy day…

    What radio station do you listen to ?

  6. aislander says:

    Methinks Kerry is a member of the hyper-liberal Phibbs family that wrecked UPS…

  7. aislander says:

    And, LarryFine: you beat me to the punch regarding the timeline of the Enron thing. If the first sentence of the letter contains a “misstatement,” how can you believe anything the writer says?

  8. tacoman1 says:

    only can speak for the small biz i work at . lack of customer spending is hurting us , lack of banks willing to lend capitol despite recieving tarp payments is restricting our ability to finance for the goods we need to re stock and set up things like website and marketing to off set the lower walk in sales.

  9. Velmak you are the ignorant crock and the clowns are the Rpots in Congress.

    Regulations and spending have to be passed by Congress.

    But the House is too busy debating abortion rights and taking every other week off.

  10. slickwillie says:

    xring is right,what we need is higher taxes on businesses and the rich.Us taxpayers won’t be affected anyway.The businesses will pay the higher taxes out of their profits,they would never pass any extra costs to their customers.

  11. Yes, Republicans are wrong for America

    but

    Democrats are wrong for America too.

    It is time for the American voter to break down the two-party illusion and insist upon real choice in our elections.

  12. fbergford says:

    Herman Cain…9-9-9 don’t know if it will work but it is interesting

  13. old_benjamin says:

    “But the House is too busy debating abortion rights and taking every other week off.”

    And this is your idea of erudition, xring?

    By comparison with you, velmak is a veritable polymath.

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