The fantasies of the nanny-staters never end! Mr. Lucas commented on my letter (on www.lodinews.com) about why taxpayers shouldn't pay for others' lifestyles, using assertions disconnected with reality. When a few other writers and I challenged him with facts and figures, he claimed he was from a long line of prosperous businessmen that could buy and sell us poor folk who dare challenge his indisputable wisdom, then declared that he would not comment again.
And now we have the tree-man of critical thinking (John Lucas), "Without critical thinking and trees, our civilization will collapse." As for the claim that two-thirds of the national debt has come under the Republican Party's watch, where did he get this little tidbit of knowledge? Media Matters? In just three years, Obama has added $5 trillion to our debt — more than all our other presidents combined! And you're right, Mr. Lucas, all the Republicans could do was "watch," with Democratic super-majorities in both houses of Congress. As for the crash of 1929, economists believe FDR's policies and intervention into the free market prolonged the suffering of the depression by seven years. Only World War II brought the unemployment down from 14-plus percent to 4.7 percent in 1942.
Look at our own situation here in California. This state has been ruled by the Democratic Party for decades. How's that working out for us, Mr. Lucas? We are being undermined by socialism from all sides, and as de Tocqueville stated, "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word — equality. But notice the difference; while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
If you want restraint and servitude to the almighty state, vote Democrat. If you want liberty, vote for conservatives who believe in the Constitution and our other sacred documents — hugging a tree while you're at it. Yes, Mr. Lucas, even us evil rascal conservatives love trees.