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Updated: May 8, 2013 6:05AM



Republicans live on another planet called ‘Fox News’

Since the November elections, there has been any number of what I consider to be “smart” Republicans stating how surprised they were at the result. By the week of the election, Romney had no chance at winning yet, seemingly, his losing was a surprise.

Could it be that the entire Republican Party is delusional? The current discussion of the Republican loss assessment is more of the same.

The Republicans believe that by sharpening their message, they can convince more minorities to vote for them at the same time they are trying to block minorities from voting.

Only an idiot would vote for a party trying to take away their right to vote. Do the Republicans believe all minorities are idiots, in addition to all being moochers? Maybe.

But, in answer to my own first question, it does seem that the entire Republican Party is delusional and the particular opiate that is the source of these delusions is Fox News. As stated by numerous other contributors, people who watch Fox News know less about the world than people who watch no news at all. Indeed, Fox’s success is in creating an alternative reality, another planet, on which the Republican Party has parked their brains. The rest of their bodies as well of the rest of us live on this planet in this reality. In eight years of the Bush administration, precisely zero net new jobs were created in the U.S., so, in the Republican mind, the cure to slow growth now is to double down on the Bush era policies.

While it may be the humanitarian thing to try and coax the Republicans back to this planet, things are actually not so bad. With the entire Republican Party living on “Planet Fox News” there is no chance they can ever win another presidential election or implement any of their “Planet Fox News” policies. They will continue to be surprised, as they were in the last election, when their Romney winning by a landslide visions evaporate.

Norman E. Hairston

Gary

Higher taxes will lead to moves, shopping changes

Families in Calumet City, Ill. and surrounding communities are middle-class Americans, and most are budgeting money because of a poor economy.

Higher taxes won’t come easy and neither will higher prices at leading stores like Carson’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Most customers will just come and look.

Ninety percent of our apparel companies moved overseas and make large profit with cheap labor and quality less then what was once made here in the United States. If people don’t buy here in Calumet City (River Oaks), they will go elsewhere.

It’s happening now, and people are also moving to Indiana. This won’t be the first or last shopping mall to close down.

Pat Tuleja

Schererville



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