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Only the wealthy would want to be Republicans

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Posted: Monday, August 8, 2011 12:00 am

I want to respond to Marcia Savage's letter in the Aug. 2 Lodi News-Sentinel. I have also wanted to ask the question why, if you're not extremely wealthy, would you become a Republican?

The latest debt ceiling debacle clearly shows the GOPs overwhelming support for debt (tax cuts) incurred for the wealthy and total animosity toward support for middle-class citizens. This is not a new charge against the GOP, but in this dire economy it becomes glaring and hard to understand.

The big corporate wealthy are still fighting the fight of 19th century industrialists against unions and New Deal programs. To be a middle-class wage-earner and against unions makes the assumption you work for altruistic companies or you have lots of cash for attorneys. This is seldom the case, made evident by the widening economic disparity between the CEO and working classes. The entitlement programs are the safety nets of a consumer work force responsible for much of our country's prosperity. Social conservatives appear locked in a bitter struggle to roll back the people empowering achievements of the '60s and '70s, including awareness of the environment.

Free enterprise is the most successful economic system, but it is not without limitations or flaws. Private industry has the ability to efficiently produce products and services at the best price, but it also manages to use its trusted means to pass inferior or unsafe products at inflated prices. Private industry is not able to correct itself in this downturn for a number of reasons, but it is not because of regulations, debt or taxes. What is needed now are jobs. What creates jobs is demand — namely, customers. You can give tax breaks or reduce regulations, but it won't create customers needed to get the help wanted signs hung in the windows. If debt incurred for the wealthy is acceptable, then we should not cut spending (Herbert Hoover's mistake), and do even more stimulus to working classes, where it will do the most good to stimulate the economy. The trickle up.

Thomas Heuer


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