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POLITICS: Where are the moderates?

Letter by David Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on May 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm | No Comments »
May 13, 2014 1:07 pm

In recent years, I have noticed moderate Republicans, seemingly in a state of confusion, doing nothing more than deploring their own decline. In that confusion, they allowed the darlings of the far right – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Eric Cantor, Darrell Issa, to name a few – to monopolize the spotlight. Their incoherent campaign rhetoric became party doctrine, advocating everything from libertarianism to theocracy to oligarchy – apparently, democracy had lost favor.

And that is frightening, because with all those extreme ideologies comes an ugly decline of America’s middle class. Expect to see fewer safety nets for those in need, increasing obstacles to higher education, neglect of our bridges and roads, voter suppression, serious threats to health care and retirement, and a collapse of rights for women and minorities.

But, fear not, these ideologies also include a major tax cut for the rich and that windfall will trickle down to even the lowest paid of our people – sayeth the “High-Side” economists of the Reagan era.

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