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Liberalism builds a strong economy

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:00 am

Liberalism is not an ideology. Conservatism, communism and fascism are all ideologies, for they all start out with a set of ideas and go search for facts to back them up. Liberalism does the opposite. It starts with the facts and then comes up with a plan to deal with a problem. It believes in science and experiments. I looks to history to see what works. It was the reaction to 1,000 years of the Dark Ages, when conservatism and excess religiosity ruled the world.

Four years ago, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, the financial system nearly collapsed and the auto industry was bankrupt. These were brought on by 8 years of conservative policies. Now the Republicans want to implement the same policies, only this time on steroids. Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.

All countries that have a strong middle class came about with a progressive income tax, strong labor laws, strong financial regulations and Keynesian economics, and not one with conservative ideas.

It has taken 30 years of Reaganomics to hollow out the middle class and nearly destroy our financial system. It is only a testament to the above liberal ideas that built up such a strong economy that we have not gone under.

If Romney wins and implements his conservative ideas, it will only be a matter of time before the economy will blow up completely. The question is not if liberalism will win, but when. How much suffering has to happen first?

John Lucas

Lodi

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