Saturday, September 18, 2021
Sept. 18, 2021

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Letter: Different spending approach needed


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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