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Letter to the Editor: Idealogues

— Idealogues

To the editor:

A miracle happened last week on the news: House Speaker John Boehner told George Stephanopoulos that the United States faces “no immediate debt crisis.”

In so doing, Mr. Boehner admitted that recent obsession over short-term deficits was a sham. Yes, there are long-term fiscal problems — but nothing that requires immediate and drastic austerity measures.

Why has the Republican Party been pushing immediate austerity for the past three years, then?

The answer is obvious: they want to dismantle America’s social safety net, and the only way they know how is to use deficit hype and obfuscation to try and slip their unpopular economic agenda past the eyes and ears of the American people.

Despite losing two presidential elections and actually losing the national popular vote in the 2012 Congressional House election, current 2014 budget proposals indicate that the gerrymandered House majority still thinks it can get away with the same class-war agenda the GOP has been pushing for over a decade.

That platform is very simple: huge tax cuts on very wealthy individuals and large corporations; draconian social spending cuts and destructive “entitlement reform”; and elimination of the very financial regulations needed to make a modern capitalist economy function smoothly.

If you are wondering why it’s so hard to get any kind of cooperation and compromise done in our nation’s capital, this is one key piece to the puzzle.

Nothing productive will get done in the federal political arena until these stubborn ideologues are swept out of power. The American people can make that happen by voting for a Democratic House majority in 2014.

Eric Gross

The Dalles

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