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ELECTION: Republican record is revealing

Letter by David Johnson, Auburn on Sep. 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | No Comments »
September 28, 2012 11:20 am

With the coming election, we are facing a decisive moment in our history. I’m concerned because I am convinced that most of the voters who will determine the fate of all of us are politically illiterate. Many also lack historical perspective.

They don’t realize that the Republicans have had control of our government three times since the Civil War – and all three times have been disastrous.

The first was during the 19th century and gave us sweatshops, low wages, child labor and the blatant selling of the office of U.S. senator to the highest bidder.

The second was during the 1920s, which gave us the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The third has been since Ronald Reagan and has given us a soaring national debt due to low taxes.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service analyzed the past 65 years of taxes and found that there is no conclusive evidence that lower tax rates lead to economic growth, but they do lead to wide gaps between the rich and the poor. And the Republican administration gave us the greatest military blunder in our history.

So why would anyone vote for a Republican? Unless he/she doesn’t care what happens to the country or his/her source of information consists of yard signs, TV ads and Fox News.

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