Spend wisely to fix problems we agree on

Hilton Head Island PacketFebruary 8, 2014 

 

 

A recent Gallup poll found that  Americans’ greatest concerns with our government are the economy in general, unemployment and poor health care.

While President Obama had a very bad year in 2013, his fall in popularity still fails to match the low level of the Republican-majority House of Representatives. One thing that most of us agree on is that we have the best government that money can buy, that it has been bought, and that we are all paying the price.

We Democrats blame the recession on reckless behavior of major banks and insufficient government regulation that allowed it. I believe that the tax-and-spend policy that Republicans accuse us of is exactly what is needed to stimulate the economy. Tax the rich — like me — who have been “recovering” like bandits, and spend it on creating jobs (like the old Works Progress Administration or WPA) to fix our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. 

We also believe that we must invest more in education to develop the skills to enable our nation’s workforce to compete in the 21st century.

The U.S. spends more of its money on health care while getting less than almost every other nation in return. The Affordable Care Act is bad legislation, but it’s better than what we had, and it’s the best that Obama could get. It will provide health care to about 40 million Americans who had none.

 

Frank Flaumenhaft

 

 

Hilton Head Island

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