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ELECTION: GOP would dismantle nation’s safety net

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:35 am with 22 Comments »
September 11, 2012 11:35 am

Re: “Give Romney four years” (online letter).

On a Third World avenue, I’ve seen disabled beggars three rows deep pulling themselves on wooden pallets while, in hills above, the ruling class dwelt in walled villas guarded by guns.

There was no middle class, just rich and poor, and a thriving black market. Only elites could afford quality food, water, education and medicine.

This could be America in 25 years under the Ryan-Romney budget, which dismantles every safety net this nation took a century to build, cutting programs for vets, children in Head Start, the disabled, the elderly and low-income college students. Their budget makes post-industrial serfs of the middle class, while the plutocrats who bought Mitt Romney’s election hoard America’s wealth in offshore accounts and debt-leveraging schemes.

Yet Romney insists that when the few hoard wealth, jobs magically trickle down and America achieves “greatness.”

Being a good country is more important than being a great country. In a good country, government and private business are partners. A good country invests in its least privileged citizens, providing health care, education and job training to grow the middle class. A good country uses federal spending to rebuild infrastructure and jump-start employment.

In a good country, a nurse’s aide, working for minimum wage to serve the elderly, deserves quality health care and pension no less than any Wall Street broker earning millions on dividends from the outsourced labor of other men’s hands.

I will vote to make this a good country, because America can only be great if it is good.

Leave a comment Comments → 22
  1. Frankenchrist says:

    The GOP wants to destroy classic American programs like Social Security and Medicare so they can give tax cuts to billionaires.

    The American public is wise to them which is why Romney/Ryan are sinking in the polls.

  2. “Yet Romney insists that when the few hoard wealth, jobs magically trickle down and America achieves “greatness.”

    Why are you lying, Fred? You should feel ashamed.

  3. averageJose says:

    Another comitted Obama disciple about to lose his mind because his messiah is an utter failure.

    At the pace Obama is pushing people INTO the “safety net” there won’t be enough left for the folks who need it.

  4. philichi says:

    AverageJose is right. Because of the safety net, Eastern Washington farmers can’t even find people to pick their crops this year. Many may rot on the trees.

    If Romney were elected and his policies made the economy grow faster, wouldn’t that be a good thing for everyone, even those that are poor now?

    Why does the left seem to delight in $4 dollar gas prices and 8% unemployment?

  5. averageJose says:

    “Why does the left seem to delight in $4 dollar gas prices and 8% unemployment?”

    It helps increase the number of people reliant on government… their constituents.

  6. Fred, it sounds as if you may be a candidate to join Field Marshall Kimeldorf’s revolution.

  7. Fred this year the rich apple growers offerred 150.00 a day to pick apples, with over 8% unemployment and over 40 million people on food stamps you’d think there would have been a stampede to the orchards but no they didn’t have enough labor. It’s not the ubber rich that pay for 40 million muches it’s all us middle class tax payers and don’t you think for 1 minute that will ever change. You see the bulk of the money lies with the bulk of the people. If you charge the 1% an additional 25 billion dollars a year it woun’t be enough. Get smart do the math social programs are paid for by middle class.

  8. Fred, we won’t have to wait 25 years to see the disaster that you envision. It’s alreasy started under your icon. You will be forced to share your home with illegal immigrants and you will share all of your worldly posessions with all people. In other words, you will finally have the utopia that you have longed for for such a long time.

  9. Get smart do the math social programs are paid for by middle class.

    Nothing like trying to recruit the middle class to fight the class war for the 1 percenters….

  10. Nothing like another progressive trying to get someone to pay for their govt provided services.

    1% is…..1% of the population.

    The only ones ‘fighting a class war’ are some #ows holdouts. The ones looking for a sense of community in the unwashed masses. The ones that have no clue that our system is incredible progressive. The ones that do not want to work. The entitlement class that sat through one too many of BB’s classes.

  11. aislander says:

    I think the lefties are pushing us toward a tipping point of economic collapse where there will be no private sector economy to turn to. They envision a socialist Utopia in which everyone is dependent on government with the lefty true believers skimming off the cream as the commissars did in the old Soviet Union.

    Everybody suffered there except for the politically connected.

    If we do reach that point, I hope there will be another Great Awakening, this time political and economic as well as spiritual when a large number of people realize that government ISN’T the savior but rather the cause of their troubles.

    Doesn’t seem to have happened in Europe yet, but I hope America is still exceptional.

  12. Germany is waking up, and doing better than most. France is doubling down on socialism. (4th richest man in world just left). Time has and will show France’s selfishness and ignorance. Minus an incredible global recovery, we are watching them knowingly destroy themselves.

  13. “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    Warren Buffett

  14. “I think the lefties are pushing us toward a tipping point of economic collapse where there will be no private sector economy to turn to. They envision a socialist Utopia in which everyone is dependent on government with the lefty true believers skimming off the cream as the commissars did in the old Soviet Union.”

    When you can’t refute what’s actually said, make up something and attack that.

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  16. skimming off the cream as the commissars did in the old Soviet Union.

    While here in America we have Bain Capital giving themselves massive bonuses financed by companies that go bankrupt trying finance the debts incurred to pay those bonuses.

  17. averageJose says:

    Warren Buffet? LMAO… they guy has been lying about his taxes… and he definately fits the “politically connected” mold aislander mentioned.
    It’s funny how progs make exceptions to their hate of wealth and the 1%.

  18. Ideals are nice. Utopian visions also. Sadly, human beings are flawed. There will be those who take advantage of the situation in Fred’s dreamland, yes like those old Soviet Union commisars, and there will always be capitalists who cheat and steal as well.

    That’s why, contrary to ehill’s dig at aislander, it is the bigger picture, the one aislander painted here that we should all consider.

    Step back. Look at the bigger picture; look down the road…let’s see, what other metaphor might I employ?

    Also, I am sorry that Fred is so focused on what he thinks is wrong with the USA that he forgets all the good that’s been done for people in those developing countries. For that matter, all the good that’s been done and is being done not via government aid but through the philanthropic efforts of “the rich,” whom it seems are now the villains in our American drama according to those on the left.

    I’m curious about something. Do any of you who favor “redistribution” actually believe that limousine liberals…the Kerrys and the Kennedys for instance…or the George Clooneys and the Pitt-Jolies of the world would actually stand the government to “equalize” their status economically? Of course they needn’t worry because in socialist/communist systems, the elite class remains elite. So much for Utopia, Fred.

  19. aislander says:

    sozo: Let us not forget that the wealth the lefties wish to appropriate and redistribute would never have existed without evil capitalism.

    We’ve seen the results–actually the lack thereof–when government tries to be the font of wealth…

  20. “Do any of you who favor “redistribution” actually believe …”

    Faulty premise. Try again.

  21. “Do any of you who favor “redistribution” actually believe …”

    Ehill offers: “Faulty premise. Try again.”
    _______________________________________________

    When you can’t refute the message, attack the messenger…..Now where have we heard that one before?

  22. the lefties wish to appropriate and redistribute would never have existed without evil capitalism

    Classic strawman. Even Marx acknowledges the gains from feudalism created by the Capitalist revolution. There are evils created by unrestrained, unregulated Capitalism that must be countered through Government (e.g., child labor laws). For you to reduce this understanding of the the BALANCE of capitalism to “lefties” loathing “evil capitalism” is just so much straw.

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