McClintock’s view reeks of partisanship

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Congressman Tom McClintock’s speech in the House Chamber (Another View, Oct. 28) reeks of partisanship, generalities and certain omissions, chief of which were President (Bill) Clinton’s robust tenure and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s WPA programs that allowed us to claw out of the Great Depression. Most economists state the need for government fiscal support to get us out of this downturn followed by tax relief as the economy gains strength and momentum. Imbedded in this is revenue generation (re: selected tax increases, specifically on wealthy individuals) tax reform in all sectors, insuring selected entitlements are modified, and regulatory reform, not elimination, to insure that certain abuses are not repeated. Baseline political support for moderate reform continues to be thwarted by a handful of zealots and their “my way or the highway” approach to governance, which was highlighted by the debt ceiling debacle and the subsequent meltdown of our credit rating. This disgraceful downgrade continues to impact homeownership and business development by creating economic uncertainty throughout the world. Of course the latest thing to rear its ugly head is the “monkey see, monkey do, color of the month” flat-tax policy statements from some presidential candidates who have a “ready, fire, aim” approach to policy development enhanced by birther jokes. Freedom is in the eye of the beholder! Geary C. Tiffany, Auburn