Rob Murphy, Naples
Letter writer Stanley Tralins stated that “cutting government expenditures, tax cuts to the wealthy and smaller government” is an approach that has never worked.
Oh, no? Cutting federal government expenditures and smaller government has only been tried once in this nation during the mid-1990s when a newly elected Republican Congress coerced President Bill Clinton to modestly cut social programs. The ensuing five years were an era of great prosperity.
Tax cuts worked very effectively for presidents John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, while the efficacy of the heavily criticized Bush tax cuts has probably been much greater than people realize. After all, we will never know what the economy would have looked like if he didn’t cut taxes, will we?
States around the country which are shrinking government and cutting taxes are having great success growing jobs and increasing incomes, while states whose governments resemble our federal government — California, Illinois, New York, etc. — have the highest state taxes in the nation yet are in deep economic trouble.
What you and those who agree with you seem not to understand is that it takes wealth to provide government services and welfare, believed by most to be “entitlements.”
Government produces no wealth. It consumes wealth and the Obama administration is consuming our nation’s wealth at a horrific rate. Wealth comes only from the private sector. And this “Hugo Chavez” president of ours is doing everything he can to restrain the private sector from wealth generation.
Understand this: No wealth? No entitlements. It really is just that simple.