Letters to the Editor

Inject common sense into public policy debate

Some prescriptions from some right-wingers defy reason.

In 2008, the world economy collapsed. Free market forces, notably the manic greed of investment companies such as Goldman Sachs and the stupidity or duplicity of rating agencies such as Moody's, contributed mightily to that catastrophe.

What's the typical right-wing response? Fight against government regulation.

Before and after that catastrophe, executives on Wall Street, the same people who orchestrated the collapse, awarded themselves billions of dollars in bonuses. What's the typical right-wing response? Attack government employees, who have dared to unionize and negotiate decent wages and benefits.

With federal income taxes at their lowest rate in our lifetime, huge deficits threaten to engulf our government.

What's the typical right-wing response? Cut taxes.

In 2010, BP caused the greatest ecological disaster in our history when its oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The record shows BP habitually sacrificed safety to boost profits. Moreover, sufficient clean and renewable energy exists to end America's dependence on oil.

What's the typical right-wing response? Fight against government regulation and shout "drill, baby, drill."

In January, a shooting occurred in Tucson, Ariz., yet another in the unending series of gun-related tragedies. (See the list at www.bradycampaign.org/facts/gunviolence.) In the past decade, more than a quarter-million Americans have been killed by guns.

What's the typical right-wing response? Fight against the few remaining government regulations on guns.

On the right wing, can't anti-government bias ever yield to common sense?

Raymond DominickBluffton

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