July 6, 2011

The Rise of Anti-Reason

Republican politics and reason do not mix. Despite a total of 47 economic recessions since the founding of America, including three panics, The Great Depression of 1929-33, major set backs in 1873, 1882, 1896, 1907, 1972, 1981, and 1990, as well as the Great Recession of 2008, Republicans want us to believe that an unregulated market is good for the economy.  Since the very beginning, the U.S. economy has been in the financial dumps at least one-third of the total time due to lack of reasonable regulations. Eighty percent of all the U.S. economic recessions have been under a Republican controlled congresses. Consumers represents 65% of the gross national product, yet Republicans say economic growth can only be achieved by taking money out of the hands of the consumer. Jobs has never grown in number due to with corporate tax cuts, but nevertheless, Republicans staunchly insist that cutting corporate taxes will create jobs.”  They are like children who won’t eat their greens. Six months after Republican took control of the present congress there are still no jobs. They pass laws on sex, women’s rights, busting unions, but no jobs. Republicans refuse to reform a health system pillaging the economy. They scoff at overwhelming evidence of global warming. They fantasize that we can meet our energy needs by drilling for oil, burning “clean coal,” and building perfectly safe nuclear plants.  Hundreds of Americans are out of work for every single low paying job that exists, yet Republicans continue to claim that the unemployed are lazy, won’t work for lower wages, and prefer welfare. “When workers hurt enough,” say Republicans, “companies will hire back a few.” For some insane reason, Republicans believe we can round up 12 million undocumented workers, ship them home, and somehow keep them from returning to do desperately needed work that absolutely no American citizen has been willing to do for more than a century. I almost feel sorry for the Republicans, but I know they know better. This make-believe unreasonableness is yet another political ploy to get their mitts on  power.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights

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