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The Tea Party machine

Dear Editor:

I have to hand it to the Tea Party Republicans – they know how to run a campaign. While we should be worried about figuring out how to keep the billionaires from coming up with scams that will ruin our economy again while they get richer, the Republicans have managed to get the public to think the major problem is that teachers, nurses and other government workers are lazy, tax-avoiding scum who are breaking the economy.

I’m not quite sure how they did it, but it is brilliant. Despite the fact that unions have been losing power and influence for decades, they’re the biggest problem we face. No, the big problem is not the millions out of work (that’s obvious, because the Republicans are cutting jobs, so jobs must not be that important), it’s not the lackluster economy (also obvious because the Republicans are doing anything they can to keep the spotlight away from it since they gained power), and it’s not global warming (since they don’t even believe in it). It’s those unions!

And it’s not enough that the unions have already given in on every financial point. It’s not enough that they have conceded to higher pension contributions, lower pay, or whatever it has taken to allow the richest to keep their tax breaks. The unions must be destroyed! While I don’t believe in what they stand for, I’d want a Tea Partier to handle my publicity any day.

Peter Westcott

Carbondale


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