To the editor:
In the era of reality shows, the Republicans should take a cue and face reality, the reality being that 60 percent to 70 percent of the American people favor going back to the Clinton-era tax system. It worked well then and can now.
Bush shoved that cut on the country in the middle of a war to repay those people who helped him steal the election he supposedly won. I don't think anyone in the upper bracket went to the poorhouse - it was only pure greed that brought about that stupid tax break.
Let's face facts - the imbalance in wealth in this world today is what's driving all the unrest. The only way our system works is when money is flowing freely and is not tied up in the hands of a few, as it is now. The power plays that are taking place the world over are breaking the backs of the poor and middle class in this country.
To show how committed the followers of Ayn Rand are, some time ago an order was issued to the military to start preparing for civil unrest. What does that tell you? To me, it means a big hole in the safety net that we have in this country, and part of the plan in the Republican fiscal cliff proposal submitted last week included deep cuts in social programs.
As they say in poker, this is just for openers.
If we do not get the revenue to cover these programs from tax increases that are on the table, these programs will cease to exist for the poor and a lot of other people.
So, for what it's worth, call that so-called U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and tell him to back down. These people have no conscience, so do not look for anything but the worst from the GOP-controlled House - it will take a concerted effort on the part of the people to stymie these guys, so get on the phone and write letters. Believe me, they count.