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Stop the lies that promise voters a free lunch PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

So Robert Reich calls conservatives liars when they state that economic growth and jobs reduce poverty. Economists better than Reich would disagree with him.

Let’s look at some of the lies that Democrats have used. Reich was part of the Clinton administration. Back then the Democrats tried to portray Republicans as heartless because they supposedly wanted to cut entitlement spending.

Actually, the Republicans wanted to slow the rate of increase in spending, not decrease it. Their proposals were for increases greater than the rate of inflation, but less than what the Democrats wanted. The Democrats were lying.

Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal about a year ago devoted a third of a page in that paper detailing the lies that President Obama was guilty of promulgating over the years. This went far beyond just his promises that people could keep their doctors and health insurance plans under ObamaCare.

We learned this week that the gross domestic product decreased by 2.9% the first quarter of this year. Unemployment remains unacceptably high for this late into an economic “recovery.” All this is happening under Obama’s watch. He and his party could boost the economy by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, pushing for tort reform, and eliminating unnecessary regulations.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) had a piece in the Wall Street Journal this week about businesses fleeing America because of our high corporate tax rate. At 39%, it is the highest in the world. Companies like Medtronic and Walgreens are considering moving their corporate headquarters abroad.

Portman cites estimates from Bloomberg that about $2 trillion of American corporate wealth sits overseas because of our tax code. This is severely hindering job creation over here.

Obama lacks the ability to lead our economy. His background is devoid of any significant experience in running a business. The majority of Americans know that we could do better. We desperately need better leadership.

Reich says the third lie is that “Ambition cures poverty.” Oftentimes it does! But I don’t know anyone who sees this as an absolute. We all know ambitious people that have not done well in the Obama economy.

Having said that, there are some that do not have a good work ethic. I have seen this in treating patients with chronic pain. Among those with work-related injuries are some patients that do not respond with the same success rate as others. This is an issue of secondary gain.

By and large they are not dishonest people, but deep inside they subconsciously long for the opportunity to receive monetary compensation so that they need not work. That is part of our human condition.

Let us not be too hard on any of these people. But as a society we have lost something over the past few generations. My grandparents were among the millions of immigrants who came here with little, seeking a better life. They worked hard, and never thought of lobbying for minimum-wage legislation or any kind of handout. They only wanted equal opportunity to succeed.

So we should stop calling others liars just because we disagree over issues. And we must stop the lies that promise voters a free lunch. Far too many citizens fall for that kind of a sales pitch.

Warren Anderson, M. D.


Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:40 AM

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