Letter: GOP delivers death by thousand cuts
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
“Cut, cap, and balance” is sure a catchy phrase. Cutting the federal budget while refusing to end tax breaks is like (and I know how much the GOP loves analogies) a father telling his wife and children his job is now only part-time, and because there is no longer any food stamp program, they will have to stop paying the rent and live in their car. Why, they ask him. Because, he says, my boss expects the employees to pay for his vacation in the Swiss Alps. Notice the boss’s vacation is not in the U.S.A. Much of the money given to corporations and the wealthy in tax breaks leaves our country.
Why was Henry Ford so successful? He knew he had to pay his workers enough money to buy the product they were making. American workers are American consumers. Their spending creates more American jobs. If they have no money to spend, what happens to local businesses and government services? How is firing teachers and government workers going to strengthen our economy? They can’t find other work because they are over- or under-qualified for other jobs with similar pay. They can no longer pay taxes or spend money locally.
“Death by a thousand cuts” should be the GOP motto.