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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:19 PM

A comment I posted to Paul Krugman's latest column...

Paul Krugman's latest NY Times column, "The G.O.P. Goes Full Authoritarian." is an absolute must-read. I posted the comment below to it. I was pleased that the editors chose it as an editors' pick, but what was even more gratifying and encouraging was the overwhelming positive reader response.

The thing readers should take away from this important column is the importance of voting Republicans out of office: all of them, at every level of government. This holds true even of those who are comparatively moderate, because they participate in a party structure that has become corrupted beyond repair. There remains not a shred of good faith Republican participation anywhere in the country, at any level of government.

The sad thing about all of this. and I say this as a liberal/progressive, is that if there were a party that actually, honestly adhered to the principles that Republicans have always claimed to adhere to -- i.e., fiscal responsibility, smaller government, etc., such a party could be a constructive force in the governance of the nation. It never hurts to have someone in the room who questions the cost of things. But that party disappeared a long time ago and everybody knows it, although some Republican candidates still pay homage to those shopworn talking points as if they still had currency.

More and more, voters are coming to understand that a party cannot claim to be fiscally responsible while advocating tax cuts that blow huge holes in the budget, nor while refusing to consider any cutbacks to our outrageously bloated defense/security spending. Nor can it claim to be for smaller government while at the same time seeking to put Uncle Sam into Americans' bedrooms and inserting government into the reproductive choices of Americas women."


Here is a link to the comment: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/opinion/trump-gop-authoritarian-states-power-grab.html?action=click&contentCollection=opinion&contentPlacement=7&module=package&pgtype=sectionfront®ion=rank&rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&version=highlights#commentsContainer&permid=29697431

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:21 PM

1. I read that - thought I recognized the name. well done! I comment often there as CSL

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:25 PM

2. Well stated. Well done.

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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:28 PM

3. Excellent letter

Well done!

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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:08 PM

4. Beautiful letter. Wish politicians would be so clear. Keep it up.

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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 08:15 PM

5. excellent response

Excellent advice, too.

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