A recent editorial in The Blade laments the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us (“Fading dreams,” Sept. 20).
You did not consider the several root causes of this growing gap. Many Obama Administration policies have resulted in lower wages and fewer jobs for those at the low end of the work force.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, punishes employers who hire more that 49 full-time workers. As a result, millions of Americans find it more difficult to find a job, and millions more find that their full-time hours are being cut to part-time.
Wall Street has done extraordinarily well during the Obama Administration, primarily because of the trillions of dollars that the Federal Reserve has funneled into banks at low interest rates.
The combined policies of this administration and the Federal Reserve have resulted in an economy where workers are punished and rich Wall Street investors are handsomely rewarded.
D.C. preschoolers throwing tantrums
As we approach another possible government shutdown, we have a bunch of preschoolers screaming: “My way!” (“Vote sets up standoff that could shut government,” Sept. 21).
They are confronted by another bunch of preschoolers screaming: “No! My way.”
Where is the intelligent discourse that leads to compromise and ensures the well-being of the citizens of this country?
Why not just end all entitlements?
Now that Republicans in the U.S. House have voted dozens of times to get rid of Obamacare, they should move on to those other hated pieces of social welfare legislation crafted under previous Democratic presidents.
They could vote to get rid of Medicare, which was established during Lyndon Johnson’s administration. They could then move to repeal the Social Security law that passed during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency.
These symbolic votes will just be a waste of time, but if it makes conservative/Tea party Republicans feel better about themselves, they should have at it.
ROBERT A. KELSO
Here we go again. A handful of Republicans hold the country hostage because they cannot admit defeat.
The weak House leaders, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, are unable and too fearful to control their inexperienced Tea Party members. They need to man up and move on.
The Affordable Care Act is a good bill and will help millions of Americans. We can only hope these fools are voted out as swiftly as they were voted in.
JEFFREY D. CLARK
Grand Rapids, Ohio
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