To the Editor:
Since Ronald Reagan was President, Republicans have been running successfully on his platform of “government is the problem” and that deregulated markets can solve the problems of the nation.  They have been aided in this by wealthy donors who saw (and see) clearly, “there is money to be made here”.  This has resulted in a slew of office holders not only indebted to their donors but also largely devoid of the ability to govern, which, in a democracy, requires having a perspective that extends beyond narrow self interest.  The impending perils of global climate change are quite frightening enough without the sense that those in office are utterly inept in the skills of governance.

Robert Porath

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