Editor, The News:

This is written in regard to the letter to the editor in The News Aug. 11 titled, “Ayn Rand has the answer to current socialism.”

The writer started off by calling President Obama a joke and a clown.

Obviously, he has not been paying much attention to the current crop of Republicans in the news lately.

His so-called “producers and achievers” have only capital to start a business. More often than not, they are subsidized with our tax dollars, otherwise known was corporate welfare, and given tax abatements.

They then hire workers, most of the time for less than a livable wage and no benefits and put all their profits in off-shore accounts to avoid paying their fair share to the government who enabled their good fortune.

When these “producers and achievers” decide they can make even more money, avoiding EPA regulations and exploiting even cheaper labor, they move their entire business to a foreign country. That’s when we, the taxpayer, help pay for the relocation and for the retraining of their former employees — all the while watching our neighbors struggle, factories crumble and the fat cats laughing all the way to the bank.

If memory serves me correctly, it was because of the lurid practices of the “producers and achievers” that laws were passed banning child labor, ensuring safety in the workplace, environmental protections and why labor unions were formed in the first place.

Things have not gotten better, but much worse.

I do not begrudge the Mitt Romneys of this country their fortunes. I do find it appalling that these fortunes were made by stealing the dignity and well-being of middle-class Americans.

The choice for this election is simple: Barack Obama for the 95 percent or Mitt Romney for the 1 percent.

David P. Gaibis Sr.

Hall Street

New Castle

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