Trickle Down

To the Editor:
Let’s call it Trickle Me Once, Trickle Me Twice.  The Trumpublican tax “reform” is a simple reaffirmation of Ronald Reagan’s supply-side, trickle down economic platform that has resulted in the wealth and income disparity we have today.  It is purely magical thinking to believe that the corporate world will share its tax windfall with the average working American whose own tax “relief”, unlike that for corporations, is set to expire.  Company bonuses are nice but, unlike pay raises, they are only temporary.  In other words, future deficits will fall squarely upon public rather than corporate income and Conservatives can amplify their disparagement of federal public well-being and safety net programs such as Medicare and Social Security.  The goal seems to be to continue the transformation of America into a Banana Republic ruled by a wealthy, oligarchical elite.  All “isms” have positive and negative aspects, but coupled with the deregulation of banking and the fossil fuel extraction industries, this is Capitalism at its worst.
Robert Porath

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Confusion Rules

To the Editor:
    How can it be that every deficit-complaining, Romney/Ryan, Tea Party supporter fails to see that every unpaid-for, deficit-creating policy, be it Medicare Part B, the Bush tax cuts, the “off-budget” wars, and banking deregulation and bailouts, were Republican initiatives?  And how can they, after the still rumbling international bank debacle, want more deregulation and less government without seeing that it is corporations and the financial industries that are writing federal legislation and the tax codes, that these are the forces behind “the government” they so dislike and distrust?  Do they not see that all the millions pouring into Conservative candidates are there in the hope of preserving the favorable status of the tax structure for the very wealthy and for a Supreme Court that consistently rules in the favor of wealth and corporate power over the rights and well-being of the public and the common man?
 – RP

Whose Government

To the Editor:
    Be it Greece or Portugal or Ireland or Spain or Italy or England or Iceland or here in the United States, average, everyday citizens are being shouldered with taxes, austerity measures, and loss of social safety nets all in the name of righting an economic collapse decidedly not of their making.  Meanwhile the guilty parties, the “too big to fail” financial institutions and rating agencies whose greed and manipulation created this depression/recession, have been rewarded for their bad behavior with bailouts and continue having majestic profits and obscene CEO salaries and bonuses.  And here, particularly, there is a massive effort to deflect the public attention away from these colossal giants:  it’s Social Security, it’s Medicare, it’s the unions, it’s the public sector, it’s school teachers, and the biggest of all, it’s “the government”!  The question seldom asked though is:  just who is this government that is so frightening and incompetent?  With lobbyists writing regulations (and even legislation) and financial interests literally buying elections and politicians, it is impossible today to say that America today is still a democracy, a government of, for, and by the People.  If the Tea Party adherents do not wake up to this fact, the average American’s quality of life will only continue to deteriorate.  Becoming the minions of an elite class is most certainly not The American Dream.
RP