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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican Party No Longer Responsible

Sudbury resident Don Chauls says Tea Party extremists have ruined what the party once was.

Here is a great quote from Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein's book "It’s Even Worse than It Appears":

“However awkward it may be for the traditional press and nonpartisan analysts to acknowledge, one of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”  

The Republican Party used to be a responsible party. Now that it has been taken over by Tea Party extremists, it is well on its way to destroying America. Think carefully about each of the five elements of Mann/Ornstein’s criticism. If any of the five informs a government’s policy, it is harmful to our nation. All five become a disaster.

If you vote for any Republican these days, you are de facto strengthening this know-nothing element of your party. It is too late: you cannot take the party back from these hard-line extremists. Our country’s only hope is for those of you who are reasonable Republicans – who used to support reasonable people such as Ed Brooke, William Weld, and even the 2002 version of Mitt Romney — to abandon your party and establish a new one.

Don Chauls
92 Blueberry Hill Lane

Sid Bourne August 08, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Re: Mike Hullinger response to Don Chauls of Aug 8. Mike, you say that you do not know the actual distribution of wealth by quintile. I was curious also, so I looked it up. Most informative. There is a good article by Michael Norton of Harvard Business School and Dan Ariely of Duke University Department of Psychology which shows the actual distribution, the perceived distribution, and the preferred distribution by group (Republican, Democrat, poor, wealthy, men, women, etc.). Results are most informative. You can get a PDF of the article through this path: Wikipedia / Distribution of Wealth / in that article go to Reference 22 and click on the PDF version. Look at Figure 2 and Figure 3 for a quick summary.
Sid Bourne August 08, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Further discussing the article about wealth distribution in the US, all groups polled significantly underestimated the actual wealth distribution inequality. But most interesting, all groups polled indicated that they would prefer a much more equitable distribution than actually exists.
siobhan hullinger August 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Wealth is not distributed - it is earned. Let's refrain from phraseology that implies that wealth is a line at a government door.
Mike Hullinger August 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Thank you for the reference Sid. The paper you refer to at reference 22 asks what Americans think an appropriate distribution of wealth should be. I am sure you noticed they were not asked what they were willing to do to earn the wealth, what they were willing to do sacrifice to achieve personal wealth, what their perception of an appropriate distribution of wealth is based on, and wether they are entitled to the wealth (property) earned and owned by someone else. Neither does the paper examine wealth mobility. I found it interesting that thier question about an appropirate distribution of wealth resulted in an unequal distribution of wealth across the population. I also found it interesting that the report failed to comment on how Federal welfare programs have resulted in generational welfare and a quartile of population with no earned wealth and a % of wealth too small to be measured on a graph. From my personal perspective, I do not feel the need to be in any particular group holding any particular percentage of hte nation's aggregate individual wealth on the basis of entitilement and government enforced confiscation of one person's labor and wealth to be given to another. I'll continue to make decisions about charitable giving on my own, not under the coercive demands of the Federal government. Neither do I envy someone else's wealth. I am not entitled to it, I didn't earn it, and frankly its theirs, not mine. Thank you again for the reference.
arbly August 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Don I just heard that Justin Beiber has said that he is part indian maybe you could help him win a grammy along with granny's election. The nation and town would love your redistribution of causes, not wealth.

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