It’s up to Democrats to dilute conservative power

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I totally agree with letter writer Marc Yergin (“The Ballot Is the Best Weapon Against Oligarchs’ Power Grabs,” April 24). Politics has changed dramatically in the past 30 years. We don’t just vote and hope that the elected officials will do the right thing, as we did in the past. We must be vigilant or the middle class will be gone. Last week we were told that the American middle class is not the richest in the world anymore. Now it’s Canada (“U.S. Middle Class No Longer the Richest,” April 23).

The last midterms in 2010 were a disaster for the Democrats and the working class. We got a do-nothing Congress whose members are going to work 113 days this session. All they were able to accomplish was 51 votes against the Affordable Care Act and to stop any kind of economic growth, as well as throwing more than 2 million people off unemployment with no hope of finding work. Because they won’t assist the president in developing jobs, such as fixing the infrastructure, which would create millions of well-paying construction jobs, there is very little hope of finding good-paying jobs.

The conservative Congress along with the 31 Republican governors have done all they can to advance the conservative agenda in their states. We saw it firsthand with Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration in our state. We need to end his administration or we will continue to suffer.

Please tell everyone you know that Democrats can’t afford to sit out this election. If we do, we will see the same obstruction that President Barack Obama has seen. It won’t matter if a Democrat wins in 2016 — the same thing will continue. Republicans have ignored all the pleas from their constituents; they won’t listen and they don’t care. They want to do what their corporate backers want. We are nothing to them.

LINDA BEAR

Canton Township


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