Eye on the GOP
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In his June 19 letter "New Taxpayer Obligations Won't Bring Jobs," Dave Stroud says Republicans "promote private-sector jobs creation through tax and other incentives ... so that we can share the prosperity" and urges that voters "pay attention" to the differences between Republicans and Democrats.
I wonder if Mr. Stroud was paying attention when that very same Republican strategy brought America to the brink of a depression in 2008, or whether he has he been paying attention to Republican efforts to stymie attempts to control some of the practices that led to that crisis?
Was he paying attention when the previous administration greatly increased the deficit by refusing to pay for two wars (while today's deficit hawks remained strangely silent)? Did he pay attention to the Republicans risking America's credit rating in the debt ceiling standoff and has he noticed their threats to renege on that deal?
As unemployment remains high and the economy struggles, has Mr. Stroud noticed that executive income and corporate profits have reportedly increased nicely, while there is scant indication that anyone else has been "sharing the prosperity"? Has he noticed Republicans using smoke-screen issues like gay marriage and voter photo IDs to distract people from the fact that they have done little to actually address real problems?
Anyone who actually has been paying attention might conclude that the Republicans refuse to do anything that might make life better for most Americans because that would conflict with their real priority of denying President Barack Obama a second term.
ROBERT A. VRABEL
First Published July 2, 2012 12:00 am