*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View titled “By all means, take a break” by Eric Reeve published in the Monday, March 4 Lake Sun.
You published a letter by the Lake Liberal, Eric Reeve, recently. I won't bother to respond to most of it, as the majority of the letter simply chanted common liberal talking points. But, he did say a few things that seem hypocritical, even for the left.
Mr. Reeve takes the House Republicans to task for adjourning as the sequester deadline approached, stating that they were ignoring important government business. Curiously, Eric doesn't mention that the president went to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods, on the taxpayers' dime, as the deadline approached.
The quotes from various federal government agency heads about not having enough money are hardly noteworthy, as when do they ever say anything else? Have you ever heard a government agency admit it had sufficient funds?
He then goes into the common liberal chorus of "it's the Republicans fault because they protect the rich." Mr. Reeve then states that "the working class and 98% of Americans are going to shoulder all of the deficit problem alone."
At the risk of confusing those on the left with facts, I will simply inform them the top .1%, the top 1/1000, of American taxpayers pay more income tax than the bottom 80%. That's right, a group approximately half the size of greater Springfield, Mo. pays more federal taxes than a group exceeding the combined populations of California, Texas, Florida and New York. Yet, somehow the middle class is stuck with the bill?
The statements that Republicans are refusing to govern as the population wishes is comical. The same voters who granted Obama a second term knew what they were doing when they elected a Republican House of Representatives to keep the reins on the government. If we want to bend to the will of the people, let's rescind Obamacare which has never come close to being favored by the majority of Americans. How about the Keystone Pipeline? Polls show that 2/3 of Americans, and even a majority of Democrats favor it.
There is one area in which Mr. Reeve and I agree. He is ashamed of the way Republican politicians have governed, and so am I. I am ashamed, that despite only controlling 1/2 of 1/3 of the Federal Government, they have been unable to prevent this president from saddling every man woman and child in America with another $60,000 of debt. I am ashamed that they could not prevent this administration's policies from adding another 16,000,000 Americans to food stamp dependency. I am ashamed that they have allowed the insane tax and spend policies of the Democrats to put another 3,000,000 Americans out of work, resulting in a real unemployment rate of nearly 14%. But, mostly I am ashamed that all of us have been unable to force the government to live within their means, meaning our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will live in certain third world madness while trying to pay our debts.