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August 13, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 13, 2012

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GOP losing ground with anti-gay stance

If Republicans want to know why their support structure is slowly imploding, they should take a look at the recent Chick-fil-A nonsense.

As everyone already knows, Dan Cathy, the CEO of the company, came out against marriage equality and now the battle has begun. The only problem is that the man is the epitome of hypocrisy and should have been called out on day one instead of being glorified by the moronic right.

As a registered Republican, this, among many other idiocies, makes me ashamed. Any individual that profits from one of the seven deadly sins (gluttony) has absolutely no moral authority to tell the world what God would want for the American people. My next favorite hypocrites are the people that went out to support the moron and claim they have nothing against "gay people," they just don't want them to get married.

I'm sorry, but limiting the freedom and rights of a certain group of people makes you no better than Hitler. You can't claim to be down with the gays and still hate them for who they are. Republicans need to stop being a party of social hate and start being the party of true conservatives.

Get the government out of our lives _ oh yeah, and stop being a bunch of hypocrites.

Christopher Tarbell


Customers are the ultimate job creators

Nick Hanauer is a technology entrepreneur, and a billionaire venture capitalist. Recently, he gave a lecture rebuking the Republican false argument on job creators.

Hanauer insists: "If there was no one around who could afford to buy what we had to sell, all those companies and all those jobs would have evaporated. That's why I can say with confidence that rich people don't create jobs. Nor do businesses large or small.

"Jobs are a consequence of a circle-of-life-like feedback loop between customers and businesses. An ordinary consumer is more of a job creator than a capitalist like me.

"That's why when business people take credit for creating jobs, it's a little bit like squirrels taking credit for evolution. It's actually the other way around. Anyone who has ever run a business knows that hiring more people is a course of last resort for capitalists.

"It's what we do if and only if rising consumer demand requires it. In this sense, calling ourselves job creators isn't just inaccurate; it's disingenuous. If it was true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs."

In a "Bloomberg View" op-ed, Mr. Hanauer wrote: "It is mathematically impossible to invest enough in our economy and our country to sustain the middle class, our customers, without taxing the top one percent at reasonable levels again."

When praised: "You're a very unselfish man to speak the way you're speaking. Most people that have a lot of money want to have a lot more."

Nick Hanauer answered: "No! I think you misunderstand me. I'm not saying this because I'm generous. I'm saying this because, ultimately the more customers there are, the more opportunity there is for capitalist like me."

Jim O'Leary