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Letter: President Reagan helped the economy grow

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 am

A recent letter to the editor submitted by John Lucas, which by its content obviously demonstrates his love of socialism over capitalism, quoted Ronald Reagan: “Unemployment insurance is prepaid vacation for freeloaders.” He then went on to say, “Meanwhile, in Madera, the unemployment rate is near 14 percent” (distorting reality by implying Reagan was a heartless person).

I think it fair then to use other Reagan quotes to demonstrate how biased and misguided Mr. Lucas was:

  • “If we love our country, we should also love our countryman.”
  • “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added” (unlike the cruelty of Obama).
  • “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives” (March 1981).
  • “Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the main reason government exists” (1969).
  • “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Lastly, in honor of Mr. Lucas, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

It is predictable that a person like Mr. Lucas who trashes people like Romney, who pays millions in taxes and even more to charity, would also intentionally distort and twist the character of one of the most compassionate American presidents in history. Helping the economy to grow — thus increasing tax revenue while at the same time reducing the burden of high tax rates — is an example of compassion. It takes money to help others. Reagan had compassion and offered real economic solutions to “most all Americans.”

It is ironic that people who despise conservatives for “perceived” wrongdoings tend to support policies that enslave populations to the handcuffs of centralized federal government’s strong-arm control. Forcing people to live in squalor by implementing liberal policies is not compassionate.

Reagan knew how to help the poor and middle class and succeeded. People embracing the policies Mr. Lucas appreciates results in these same people suffering the unintended consequences of fools.

Darrell Baumbach


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