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Letter: Sen. Kyl doesn’t speak for the people on economy

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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:04 am

Shame on you, John Kyl, for your recent comments chiding our president for showing concern for the plight of the 300-plus million Americans who are NOT millionaires or billionaires, and more than likely never will be.

The moxy and gall it took to say: “Listen to me, because I speak for the few, for the 5 million millionaires in America who have done phenomenally well over the past 30 years of “trickle-up” economics while most of the rest of you have watched your wages stagnate, your health costs skyrocket, and your pensions and IRA’s wiped out by reckless bankers and Wall Street gamblers.”

The audacity it took to say: “Stop picking on these poor wealthy folks before they develop complexes. Sure a bunch of them can thank rich parents and grandparents for where they are today, but probably the majority of them worked hard and deserve every penny they’ve earned.”

The coldheartedness it shows when you dare to defend the folly of the Republican economic system that puts profit before humanity and the desires of the few before the needs of the many!

Any reading of official government statistics, whether the Congressional Budget Office or the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows unequivocally that our economy has historically grown faster and created many more jobs when the top tax rate is MUCH higher.

How can so many Americans wear blinders to these facts?

It’s still called “supply and demand.” When the middle class becomes the focus of BOTH PARTIES, demand will explode and jobs will be created to increase supply!

Rod Livdahl


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