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Conservatives display vanishing substance | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I just had to comment on the recent articles and letters re: the Proposition 1 tax measure.

In the July 18 front-page article “Fault lines begin to emerge on Prop. 1,” Carol Anne Fortune, a Republican running for county clerk, and her husband Shane, running for county treasurer, both indicate that higher taxes are the reason we are having such hard economic times.

Shane goes on in his comments to say that “What we need to do is cut taxes,” and then he goes on to say, “Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Calvin Coolidge each pushed major tax cuts through Congress, which caused the economy to grow.”

I have to say I wasn’t aware of tax cuts that Kennedy made, and would have liked information on that. I do wonder where Mr. Fortune got his “facts” regarding the Reagan and Coolidge tax cuts. Is this the same Reagan that fought for and got the biggest tax hike in recent history on working people through the FICA tax increase, or the same Coolidge that presided over the start of the last “great Republican depression”?

If memory serves, we had a recession right after the Reagan tax cuts. The great Reagan also presided over what has now become known as “trickle-down economics,” so I would like to ask the Fortunes how it feels to be trickled on?

If this is the grasp of history that the Fortunes have, I can’t imagine their grasp on math and economics could be much better.

The Republicans also have Clint Didier running for Senate. I’ve gone to the Didier Web site and read all of his policy statements, and have concluded that his strong suit is “cut taxes, cut taxes, cut taxes, and by the way I have two Super Bowl rings.” Not what I would consider a person of much depth.

I have also gone to John Koster’s Web site and observed that he is a tax-cut guy.

None of these people have any real substantive solutions for this current “great Republican depression” except to cut taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent of the population. They are, what I would refer to as a “one-trick pony” or the “Republicant party” or the GOP (Greedy Oligarch Party). They certainly don’t care about the working people, just money.

Whatever happened to conservatives of substance?

Dan Freeman


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