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Updated: August 22, 2013 6:43AM



GOP policy relies on lies

Republicans have built our economy on a foundation of lies that have proven themselves to be self-evident. The greatest lie of all is that tax breaks for the wealthy will result in more jobs.

The end result of this deception is that corporations are sitting on record amounts of idle cash and trillions of dollars have been drained from the economy and now sit in Cayman Islands accounts leaving us with a weak and anemic economy.

Lie number two is that over-regulation is holding the economy back. After eight years of free market and anti-regulation dominance under President George W. Bush, the end result was an international banking crisis and our current recession.

The third lie is that an increase in the minimum wage will destroy jobs. History has consistently proven that anyone who has lost a job as a result of an increase in the minimum wage will soon return to a higher paying job in a stronger economy.

Previous increases have also driven up government revenue, reduced the poverty rate, reduced government dependence and increased consumer confidence, which in turn leads to greater spending. It’s not so much that Republicans are so inept at running the economy, it’s the fact that they are masters at intentionally running it into the ground.

Tyranny always has it’s roots in economic hardship. The Republican Party used economic fear and anxiety as a political recruiting tool to gain control of the House in 2010 and can be counted on to do so in 2014. Leaving the economy weak and in shambles is the primary Republican strategy for the 2014 elections.

Everything and anything will be used by the Republicans to divert attention away from the economy in order to give them an excuse not to do anything about the economy. The Republican dog-and-pony show is just getting started. There will be no help from Congress as long as the Republicans can use our economic hardship to their advantage.

After all, it’s not that the Republicans are as inept as they seem, they’re just ruthless, devoid of any empathy and above all just evil and heartless.

Michael J. McGregor

Chesterton

Cline should be a freeway

I recently read that the Indiana Department of Transportation started the process to allow Cline Avenue bridge to be rebuilt as a toll road.

A toll road? Why a toll road?

Is it our fault that INDOT so completely mismanaged every aspect of Cline (design, building, oversight, maintenance, etc.) that the bridge had to be closed in about half of its designed life span?

Why can’t we use some money from the Indiana Toll Road lease?

Oh, I forgot, Mitch and his downstate buddies took most of that money to buy themselves another term in office!

I have a much better idea. Rebuild Cline as a freeway.

The new I-69 being built south of Indianapolis — build it as a toll road, lease it out, and give most of the money to Northern Indiana.

It makes sense and would be fair, but our elected officials and INDOT would never do it.

John B. Mier

Merrillville



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