Letters to the editor for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
System is broken, but don’t blame liberals
Ron Knecht talking trash in Ron’s most recent diatribe, he longs for the size of government of the 1900s. Ah, yes, those carefree days of no personal income tax and limited government, a nation with no Social Security, no workers’ compensation law, no unemployment insurance, no Medicare, no Environmental Protection Agency, no inspections of our food for safety, no highways, no regulation of drugs (no war on drugs!). In other words, you’re on your own. I’ll take the current “liberalism” rather than choke on unclean air and water, working six days a week for 10 hours a day, no minimum wage, no hope of retirement, no workplace safety.
I think Mr. Knecht is confusing his conservative viewpoint with his understanding of economics. Unions and their fight for a safe workplace with a livable wage has created a large middle class, which has driven our economy to unprecedented wealth and unsurpassed quality of life. That is all changing now, thanks to the mindless Tea Party Republicans and their attempts to destroy the federal government. Even Ron Knecht can agree that the current system is broken, but the liberals aren’t the cause.
As for the young generation, they really are getting the short end of the stick, thanks to a federal government that can’t find the will to fix the problem. I have traveled the world and witnessed how other countries invest in infrastructure rather than a bloated military. I’ve seen happy people pursuing their dreams with their government’s limited assistance.