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GOP going for knock-out punch

Dear Editor:

Athletes all know the workout axiom: no pain, no gain. Republican politicians have changed that around as they tell the American people: your pain is our gain.

The Republican Party has adopted a strategy to block every attempt to improve the country’s economic problems. They believe that they will win back the White House in 2012 if economic conditions continue to worsen. The more misery among the voters, the better they expect to do. It is all about the power.

As Naomi Klein’s book “The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism” points out, right wing power uses both manmade and natural disasters to thwart or tear down democratic institutions. This is a worldwide phenomenon that has already been used to in the U.S. following the 9-11 attacks and the hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The right wing smells blood in the water. Right now is their best chance to strangle Social Security, Medicare, unions, public schools, financial regulations, progressive taxation and environmental protection. All public services, federal and local, will go on the block to privatization. If you think the rich have been getting richer, you haven’t seen anything yet.

The propaganda machine is in full swing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Obama now looks like a punch drunk fighter on the ropes. He’ll be face down on the mat in no time. Democrats are running like rats getting off a sinking ship.

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Will the American People “come to” and fight back? We’ll have to see.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale

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