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Punitive policies

Published: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The April 2 Opinion page had several letters lamenting the demonization of millionaires. It is not millionaires per se, but the political beliefs of many of the wealthy officeholders and seekers that are the issue.

I celebrated Mitt Romney’s business skills when he saved the 2002 Utah Olympics from financial disaster, but was appalled by his dismissal of 47 percent of America as people  “who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them” and said, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

That attitude toward a broad swath of America leads to punitive and aloof policies that do not care about many people’s lives. If the Republican agenda cared about the success of all Americans, and not primarily protecting the already wealthy, the “demonization” of success would evaporate like morning fog on a summer day.

If anyone is demonized in 2014 America, it is the poor and lower middle class. As an example, millionaire Paul Ryan’s recent budget proposal cuts $5 trillion in spending over 10 years, mostly by again attempting to defund the Affordable Care Act and dramatic cuts to social programs, which would overwhelmingly and negatively affect the lower tiers of society, while reducing the top tax rate to 25 percent, which benefits the rich.

Do you see a pattern here? It is not the wealth that is the problem, it’s the attitude.

David Metschke

McHenry

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