Letter: The real difference between Republicans and Democrats
To the Editor:
At the risk of sounding like a “mean Republican” (like Mitt Romney or Bob Beauprez), I feel compelled to respond to Felicia Muftic’s column advocating voting Democratic in the upcoming election. Ms. Muftic’s central assertion seems to boil down to vote Democratic because “Democrats want to give stuff to you while Republicans only want to enrich themselves.”
What are the consequences of giving something to someone, something they did not earn? She cites Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society legislation as a positive accomplishment and many would say it was the most significant Democrat “contribution” of the last half century. However, 50 years on there are reasons to ask if the $20,000,000,000,000 (yes that is TRILLION) spent was a wise investment.
Among the various Great Society programs were numerous efforts intended to ease the burden on unwed mothers and their children. While these programs may have been well meaning , are we better off? I say no. They have produced the unintended consequences of increasing the percentage of out of wedlock births and children growing up fatherless. The problem of fatherless children and the resulting increases in poverty and crime cuts across all segments of American society but is most burdensome on blacks, the very group these programs intended to benefit. We now have multi-generational fatherless families that subsist on the government dole. I believe the pop psychology term is “enabling.”
What do Republicans believe in? They believe in a safety net for those truly needy in our society but they do not believe in wasteful, inefficient, means tested welfare programs that entrap recipients by punishing success. They believe in a hand up, not in a hand out. Perhaps what Republicans believe regarding welfare can best be summarized by the words of FDR, welfare is a “narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” Contrary to the demagoguery of the left, Republicans do pay their “fair share” of taxes and are generous supporters of charities. Finally, while it would seem from the tiresome, negative adds being run against Republican candidates that they want to foul the environment and that they hate women, it’s not true. Republicans breathe the same air as Democrats and believe it or not, some Republicans are in fact women.
Ms. Muftic touts the drop in unemployment as a reason to vote Democratic. However, she fails to mention the still high rate of under employment and the drop in the labor participation rate (fewer people looking for work) which accounts for much of the lower unemployment rate. The fact is that six years in this economic “recovery” is one of the weakest on record.
The statement that I do agree on with Ms. Muftic is her assertion that voters “should be asking who is more likely to let them share in recovery going forward.” Is it the Democrats who advocate more job killing regulations and higher taxes on individuals and businesses that provide jobs and growth? Or is the Republicans who want to free up that great economic engine of American enterprise? The decision is yours.
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