Letters to the Editor

Why should I vote for a Republican in November? LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Mr. Sneller urged the 23rd District voters to support Republican Mr. Olsen and explained what Republicans stand for: lower taxes and less spending.

He also stated that “like Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan, Olsen is the reform candidate.” Sorry, but somehow, in my small mind, reform and Republicans have only one thing in common. They both start with the letter “R.”

Republican philosophy always reminds me of how Goethe’s Mephistopheles in the tragedy “Faust” introduces himself: “I am the spirit that always denies, for everything that is created is worthy of destruction ... this is my proper element.”

Whether Social Security, Medicare, civil rights or “ObamaCare,” the Republicans said nay.

They oppose tax increases to pay for education and infrastructure, assault weapons restriction, clean air laws, same sex marriage, a woman’s right to choose.

Progressive reform legislation has mostly come from the Democrats.

If the Ayn Rand disciple Paul Ryan has his way with his dystopian social/capitalist philosophy, he’ll set social and economic conditions in the U.S. back 200 years. Call me naïve, but I trust my government more than a private corporation to look out for my welfare and that of our earth.

If Mr. Olsen and Mr. Ryan are really reform candidates they should be open-minded to real healthcare reform. President Obama’s plan, while it may not be perfect and 100 years too late, is a huge step in the right direction.

In the U.S. we spend $8,000 on health care per person. In all industrialized nations in Europe the cost is between $4,000 and $5,000 for universal healthcare. Are our for profit hospitals and insurance companies responsible for the high cost?

Real reformers are not “tax increases over my dead body only” ideologues either. If we want education, good roads, bridges, police, parks, and government services that benefit all, we need to pay for them.

Are our taxes really too high or is this issue just a motive to troll for votes? Mr. Romney claims to have paid never less than 13 percent in income taxes. In Germany (I pick that country because it seem to be doing economically and socially quite well), a person making over 250,000 Euros pays 45 percent in taxes. Income below 250,000 Euros is taxed progressively from 15 percent to 42 percent. Corporations pay a minimum of 33 percent. How do we compare?

Mr. Ryan, according to a Seattle Times article, plans to balance the budget by cutting or privatizing government services and reducing everybody’s taxes (except the 20 percent low-income folk have to pay an additional $159). That is not reform either, it is magic.

My question to Mr. Sneller is: Why on earth should I vote Republican?

JAMES BEHREND

Crystal Springs

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