Republicans, especially tea party members, have become fanatic about opposing taxes, even in the face of clear need.
This irrational view of taxation stems from their mistaken notion that any tax stifles free enterprise and hampers job formation. They conveniently ignore the steady loss of jobs during the Bush years, when very substantial tax cuts were enacted, especially for the very rich.
These events are factual, not ideology or economic theory. As a result, many large companies sit on piles of cash, awaiting greater demand for their products, not reduction in tax rates, which would only increase their cash position.
It would be far better to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich and use that money for rebuilding our infrastructure, which is crumbling all around us. That would be investing in a needed enterprise, which would employ people (some relatively unskilled), thus providing income with which to buy more of our manufactured goods, thus generating more jobs. Seems like a win-win idea.
Paul Ryan, budget guru and economics whiz, displayed some fuzzy thinking in his speech at the Republican convention. I remember quite clearly his remarks about the greatest country being that nation which best cares for its poor, ill and aged.
Yet his budget proposal would hurt these very groups the worst. So he either changed his mind or he is a consummate liar.
Ryan suggests that Medicare should be administered by the states. If he is so adamantly opposed to big government (and he is), why have 50 state governments on the job instead the federal government? The feds can also distribute benefits where they’re needed most; that is, rich states would help those not so fortunate.
Ryan failed to mention the cost advantage of insuring the broadest base possible, the first principle of good insurance policy.
Overall, President Obama displays greater understanding and planning than either Ryan or Mitt Romney, who seems to think every American is a small business owner seeking a tax break greater than what Romney used on his way to riches.
Let’s hope that our citizens consider these matters seriously before voting, and that President Obama and Romney debate them thoroughly.
Henry Robert Menapace
Truth of the movie
I read with interest the Sept. 16 letter “Venomous film,” on the movie 2016: Obama’s America. What part of it does the writer consider lies? Dinesh D’Souza states that President Obama was born in Hawaii. Does the writer not believe that?
D’Souza also quotes from Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father. Does the writer think that Obama is a liar?
The only part that is speculation is the end. D’Souza concludes with a summary of what might happen if Obama is re-elected.
We will not know if that is true until he is re-elected and 2016 arrives.
People from the left and right are flocking to see this movie because we know so little about him.
The letter writer should read Obama’s books, see the movie, then say what is true and what is not.
Doing our fighting
Mitt Romney’s not-so-intelligent comments about the poor and people of color (you know, those who expect the government to take care of them) is an excellent reflection of how the wealthy view our country.
What Romney failed to mention to his millionaire backers is that it is this 47 percent of America whose sons and daughters fight our wars, not his children or the children of his millionaire backers.
Rescued by Bain Capital
The editor’s choice of the headline “Beware of the raider,” on a Sept. 21 letter was unethical, at best, and, at worst, libelous. The letter writer suggests that Bain Capital’s purpose is “crippling excellent companies.” He also states Goodyear was heavily in debt at the time of James Goldsmith’s attempted takeover. He can’t have it both ways. “Heavily in debt” doesn’t sound excellent to me.
Companies like Bain Capital don’t normally target thriving businesses. Their expertise is in salvaging and rehabbing.
Divesting Goodyear of its ancillary rim and aerospace operations was said to be a part of Goldsmith’s plan to restore solvency, and was apparently thought to be a good idea, as it was carried out after his departure.
The same technique has been applied to other businesses, as well — even some that have been a part of the “bailout,” among them General Motors, which also produced some local layoffs, but we don’t hear much about that.
Just for the record, the United States has been exporting jobs for at least the past two decades, according to the Congressional Research Service, and the practice continues.
Further, the much-touted new jobs about which President Obama brags are for the most part low-paying service positions, not the most stable platform upon which to base economic recovery.
A partial list of those companies aided and owned in part by Bain Capital include the following: Dunkin’ Donuts, Burlington Coat Factory, AMC, Outback, Gymboree, Michael’s, Toys ‘R’ Us, Clear Channel Communications, Staples and Ambulatory Surgical Centers, all of whom were experiencing financial difficulties and are now solvent, if not thriving. At least two of them are rumored to be planning to go public with stock offerings in the near future.
While not every company is able to make the grade, approximately 80 percent of the businesses acquired by Bain have continued to exist.
Further, while it’s stated Romney walked away from Bain Capital with millions, he walked away at a time when the business was just beginning to flourish, to a position of public service; to a job which undoubtedly was much less rewarding financially, one of community and national service — salvaging the Olympics.
Untruths, distortions and exaggerations
We have two presidential candidates who cannot talk about each other without distorting facts to make themselves look the better of the two, and, in some cases, exaggerating the facts to the point where they become untruthful statements.
Each of them approves statements in television ads about the opponent when such statements are equally misleading and exaggerated.
The sad irony is that we get to elect one of them to the highest office in the land.
Hazardous to our health
Having worked as a nurse for 39 year in public health, and as a member of the Ohio Public Health Association and the American Public Health Association, I am gravely concerned about our looming budget crisis and its impact on the health of our community.
Locally, budget cuts associated with sequestration would affect public health and social service programs for every segment of our population, and would have a devastating effect on the most vulnerable.
Program reductions include early intervention screenings and support services, child-care assistance to low-income working families, HIV testing, HIV treatment services for the uninsured, and breast and cervical cancer screenings for women between ages 40 and 64.
Among other programs that would be affected are those providing childhood vaccines to private physicians and public health clinics, emergency response training for communicable disease and other disasters, “safety net” social services and nutrition programs for seniors.
The current legislative intransigence is not acceptable. I urge all Summit County residents to contact their legislators to stress the importance of a balanced and timely resolution to this issue to protect the health and well-being of our community.
Muckraking is one thing, and has been going on at the national level since the 1828 presidential election. But telling boldfaced lies is a completely different matter.
I am speaking of Josh Mandel and his commercials. One claims U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has voted himself six pay raises.
The 27th Amendment, ratified in 1992, states Congress cannot vote itself a pay raise; it must be for the next Congress.
Does Mandel not care about upholding the Constitution? With his lack of understanding, he is not qualified to be a U.S. senator. Brown is a man of integrity.
Mark S. Jones
Beware of those who ask you to vote against your self-interest to satisfy an agenda of their own. More than likely, they already have theirs, while you still have yours to get.