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Morning Sun
  • JOY LEEPER: A stark choice

  • The election this November reflects more than ever the differences in the philosophies of the two parties and why we can no longer afford to just “vote for the man” we like. The Democrats are clearly stating their intention to put the middle classes first, and their actions prove it. They want the top 2 % to pa...
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  • The election this November reflects more than ever the differences in the philosophies of the two parties and why we can no longer afford to just “vote for the man” we like. The Democrats are clearly stating their intention to put the middle classes first, and their actions prove it. They want the top 2 % to pay their fair share in taxes, because they are currently doing quite well, while others in our American family are suffering. We must not balance the budget on the backs of teachers and minimum wage earners. Democrats are the ones who do not want to make cuts to public education, Pell Grants for college students, healthcare, women’s rights and gay rights, Social Security and Medicare.
    On the other hand, the true Republican agenda has been made clear in the last two years as they moved farther and farther to the right. They say one thing and do another, but catch them in an unguarded moment and their true plan comes out. Their true plan is this one thing: privatize everything. Some of them may actually believe that by giving ever bigger tax cuts to the rich, benefits will trickle down to the poor, but history does not support this. For the last 30 - 50 years the rich have been getting richer and it has not trickled down - quite the opposite is true.
    Republicans say the words “middle class” a lot, but they have no concrete plan to help them that does not in the end harm them. They keep emphasizing “no change to Social Security and Medicare for anyone over 55” as though that makes any difference. The point is they want to voucherize Medicare and privatize Social Security. When they do it doesn’t really matter. We are not that stupid, or selfish. We have children. We have grandchildren. Even if we were selfish enough not to care about our neighbors, what about our children?? If Social Security had been privatized in 2005 when George Bush tried to do it, everyone would have lost their retirement in the crash of 2008, not just those with private retirement accounts. Without Social Security a lot of people would not have food to eat or a roof over their heads. That one program has singlehandedly cut senior poverty in half. You could tweak it, but we don’t want to do away with it. Democrats are the party that will protect it.
    We sent new people to Congress in 2010 to work on jobs and they have spent the last 2 years doing nothing about jobs. The way to improve the economy is to give aid to the lower incomes. If a person earning $20,000 a year gets a raise, she spends it on a new bed or washing machine, thereby helping the economy; whereas a person earning 2 million a year just socks the tax break money away or invests it in a factory in China.
    Page 2 of 2 - So, in conclusion, who should vote Democratic? Students, seniors, women, gays and anyone earning less than a million dollars a year, plus anyone who cares about our American family and the future of the planet.
    And one more thing. Obama was hamstrung by the” just say no” Congress the last 2 years, making it almost impossible to do anything. When we re-elect the Democrat for President, lets give him a Democratic Congress to work with and we’ll see a lot faster progress.
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