Just propaganda

    A recent missive from Congressperson (Jason) Smith states the federal government should be run like a family farm in terms of dealing with a budget. That is wrong.

    Because the federal government can print money, it can use debt to save the American public from economic disasters caused by the “boom and bust” cycle that is inherent in a predatory capitalistic system. Government action that increases debt has been used twice to bring America out of economic disaster. What sort of person would believe the federal government should not use every power it has to make life better for all Americans?
    Federal policy should be used to reduce the occurrence of the recessions, but the influence of the corporate financial interests corrupts those attempts. Under the General Welfare Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the responsibility for the General Welfare of the American people. Bailing out the big banks, passing tax laws to make the rich richer at the expense of the 99 percent and eliminating laws and regulations that protect the health of Americans should not be the purpose of Congress.
    Smith's actions are consistent with the belief that the federal government should be used to increase corporate profits and move wealth up to the top one percent. The Republican plan since Reagan has been to increase the debt by giving money to the military/industrial complex and reducing taxes on the wealthy and corporations and then complain that the national debt is too high so there is no money for social benefit programs.
    Smith cites the defeat of a Republican bill to bar federal employees accused of sexual misconduct from receiving a pay raise to shame the Democrats. It's a shame he doesn't believe in due process—accusation is not guilt. It's a shame he doesn't know the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has a detailed process to protect the victim and accused with a list of possible consequences for a perpetrator that includes pay reduction and termination. It's a shame he acts as if grandstanding is more important than the truth.
    When you read these missives see them as a propaganda tool to get your vote and not as a reflection of reality. Like all good propaganda there is some truth, but the major themes are false. It takes more than 400 words to rebut all the misleading statements in the missive.
James Vokac
Willow Springs, Mo.

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