Saturday, September 18, 2021
Sept. 18, 2021

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Letter: Different spending approach needed

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Oh, how the right moans about the cost of liberal proposals that support Americans and their families but have no qualms about throwing money at the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex for futile foreign conflicts. I guess it is a matter of where the GOP gets their support: the people or the military-industrial complex profiteers.

Lisa Benson’s Sept. 3 political cartoon about the $3.5 trillion Democratic-led infrastructure package, making its way through the House, was trying to make the case that such spending is a bad thing, and it would never work, anyway. Well, we have tried the Republican-led trickle-down, supply-side, voodoo economics (aka, Grover Norquist’s “No new taxes”) method of governance for 40 years and all we have to show for it is a huge discrepancy in wealth between the profiteers and the rest of us and rapidly deteriorating infrastructure.

It is way past time to consider a different approach, one that worked from FDR until the Reagan administration. After decades of ignoring America’s soft and hard infrastructure, the Biden/Democrat big-buck proposal is as good a place to start as any. The GOP had its chance and failed, now it’s the Democrats’ turn.

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