By Dave Willis
Editor’s note: This column is in response to the column in last week’s issue, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2012.)
Nancy Churchill identifies herself as a “Progressive Visionary.” There’s an oxymoron if ever there was one. Liberals have neither the foresight to see where their impolitic programs are taking the country, nor the insight to see how we got there once the untoward consequences of their policies manifest themselves.
She begins her rant with the headline, “Agitate, America!” It has long been the practice of liberals to agitate, beat on drums, block traffic, and bellow into bullhorns to get their way, rather than offer common-sense, workable solutions. Misinformation is another favorite tool in the liberals’ handbook. For example, she writes, “Republicans define ‘Big Government,’ which they aim to eliminate, as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, low-interest student loans, bailouts for individuals with underwater mortgages or facing foreclosure,” and a whole raft of other misguided nonsense. Let’s start with her claims on Social Security and Medicare. Only in the liberal propaganda world does the Republican Party want to eliminate those two. Only people who are under the age of 55 will see any change at all. The truth — Republicans want to privatize all or part of SS for two reasons. 1.) Nearly all the money that is confiscated from workers and employers for SS goes in one door and right out the other so the federal government can spend it on vote-buying giveaways. Consequently, there is no money with which to pay benefits when they come due. 2.) If that money were invested into private programs, not only would the government not have access to it, it would see a greater return. The same basic idea pertains to Medicare in that it will not be eliminated as Churchill claims, it will be altered to make it sustainable so future generations will have the benefit of it.
As for people with underwater mortgages, by what measure of insanity can anyone make the claim that it is the responsibility of people who work, earn an income, buy houses they can afford, and pay taxes, to be responsible for those who have purchased homes they cannot afford? Only a true socialist could claim, with a straight face, that that paradigm makes any sense.
Churchill is so completely out of touch and misinformed that she wrote, “They (Republicans) re-took the White House in 2004.” Perhaps someone should inform her that George W. Bush re-took the White House from Clinton in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004. One can only wonder, if this is the caliber of her information, how much authenticity can be attached to anything she writes.
In her rush to misinform, she completely misrepresents the identity of makers and takers. She states, “Republicans consider the workers to be the takers! CEOs of giant industry are called ‘makers…’” If she wants to speak for the Republican Party, perhaps she should pay closer attention to what is actually being said. I know, to do that, and report it responsibly, would take all the wind out of her argument. In Republican land, makers are the producers, the ones who work (from CEOs down), pay taxes, and pay their own way. The takers are the ones sitting home in their subsidized apartments, eating food stamp Twinkies, and watching TV or talking on their Obama phones, but who pay no taxes to help subsidize all those goodies.
Let’s face it, folks, this sort of misrepresentation is the only hope liberal Democrats have of winning the hearts and minds of voters. Fortunately, informed voters can see through all this hot air and are not fooled by it.
Dave Willis is a resident of Rockford.
From the Oct. 3-9, 2012, issue