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History is recalled

August 9, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

This is a response to the July 29 guest op-ed entitled, "Congressman called out for economic reasons." This is all about partisan politics and efforts to recapture a congressional seat the Democrats lost in 2010. Expect more of the same.

It is obvious the unions support a liberal-progressive big government tax and spend philosophy with an entitlement mentality.

Dan Benishek supports a smaller, less intrusive and less expensive government that rewards talent, initiative and hard work.

In the last three and a half years, the president and the Democratic majority in Congress, enacted legislation and supported national policies that resulted in the following:

1. We have $5 trillion in additional debt.

2. We have unsustainable federal deficit spending.

3. For the first time in our history, our bond rating was downgraded, making it more expensive to borrow money.

4. We have the largest tax increase in history with the passage of Obamacare.

5. We have the highest sustained unemployment rate since the Great Depression in the last three and a half years.

6. 46 million Americans are on food stamps.

7. 15 percent of Americans live in poverty.

8. Job creation is stagnant. Businesses are not expanding or investing due to the uncertainty of tax and regulatory policies.

9. An unprecedented growth in the size of government and thousands of new regulations.

This is the most anti-business administration in our history. Mr. Obama said, "You didn't build it. Someone else did." That statement reflected his true feelings.

Our president believes in income redistribution. That means using the coercive power of government to take from the producers and give to the non-producers. That promotes welfare dependency and creates a permanent underclass in society.

That is the essence of socialism. Socialism failed because people were not allowed to keep the fruits of their labor. Remember the Soviet empire. It ended up on the "Ash heap of history." Those who fail to heed the lessons of history are bound to repeat them.

The private enterprise system and the rule of law made possible the greatest and most successful nation on earth. The private sector is the engine of growth that created our prosperity and it is threatened.

What we need is for government to get out of the way and unleash the creativity, initiative and productivity of individuals.

That is the best antidote to poverty and unemployment that I know of.

John Hongisto




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