Talk about guilt? Try reconciling Bush administration policies |

Talk about guilt? Try reconciling Bush administration policies

Daily Staff Writer

National level politics have indeed become highly polarized and driven far more by emotion than by fact. Why else would publisher Jim Morgan claim in his Aug. 10 column that having Democrats write checks to Uncle Sam could assuage their guilt and, as inferred, promote a healthier national policy that would automatically give more back to those at the bottom of the heap?This “guilt” is not borne of feeling bad about having too much money.The perceived Democratic “rich, white guy” guilt is instead a frank reaction to three years of devious means used by the current administration, at the behest of the economic elite, to expand elitist greed at the expense of those at the bottom of the ever-widening national income gap.Faced with cuts in services, a weak economy, declining tax rolls and a bloated military budget, I, like many Americans both rich and poor, am sickened by the unbridled mendacity that continues to drive policy from both the White House and Congress. Like many Summit County residents, I constantly seek balance between living a full life and working hard to pay the rent. We must not simply stand by as the current administration remains consistent only in its ever-expanding pursuit of service cuts and privatization, re-allocates its resources to an ever-expanding military budget and all the while creates a historic deficit.Yet it asks us as citizens to protect ourselves with duct tape and plastic sheeting. How can a single year’s Halliburton contract cost more than a year’s worth of universal health care? I, for one, refuse to insulate myself with flag-emblazoned plastic sheeting. Careful political decision-making requires thought rather than a willing suspension of disbelief. We must not fall into the traps of class warfare and party-driven talking points. We have an important decision to make in November given the current state of affairs.No check we cut, large or otherwise, will make its way back to the “common folks” if it is addressed to Uncle Sam.Laura O’LaughlinFrisco

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