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June 15, 2013

Letter distorts reality to back right-wing views

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I am sometimes asked where my contribution to this page has been, and my usual reply is that I’m taking a break at a busy time and others need to express their views.

Then along comes an outrageous offering that needs to be answered.

The introduction of Republican-inspired deception as fact. Reference Wednesday’s letter to the editor. It talks about how half of us, I suppose the Democrats, decide we don’t want to work, just let the other half, Republicans, support us in some kind of unimagined luxury.

It’s the Romney version of American again. Is this really what they see or are they just trying to convince themselves how much better they are than the rest of us? Use of the truth should be one’s goal, not this dogma.

Claiming we can’t legislate the poor into prosperity, a knock on minimum wage and the social safety net I guess. This letter bleeds for the wealthy.

If you tax them you’ll legislate them out of prosperity. What a crock of bull to pass on as fact for the richest among us.

It then falsely spreads the right-wing propaganda that Japan has no welfare system and this makes it prosper, while citing Detroit’s problems are a result of our welfare system. None of this is true, easily fact checked on the Internet — another example of searching for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

Japan has had a public assistance law (Seikatsu Hogo Ho) since the 1950s and a better social safety net than we do. Its top tax rate is 65 percent and its corporate tax rate is 40 percent.

Japan has plenty of wealthy people and also welfare cheats.

Our social safety net makes us a much better country than it was without it.

Fred Minteer

Minteer Lane

Edinburg

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