To the editor:
I have just returned from a driving trip to California. I listened to the radio the entire 4,000 miles and, other than country music, the programming was mostly conservative talk shows. With my being a lifelong liberal, I have intentionally avoided such dreadful and dangerous diatribe but I continued to listen and could hardly believe the flood of hateful rhetoric.
These men — Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and various imitators — were basically inciting the listeners to rebel against their government. Their reasoning was filled with exaggerations, half-truths or outright lies. They called upon all Americans to pray to God and to have their weapons ready to “take back your government” and “make them pay for the horrendous and ruinous Obamacare act.” These gullible listeners were actually being poisoned against legislation which was especially directed toward their best interests.
In my opinion, the capitalistic conservatives were merely advocating the policies begun by Ronald Reagan and continued by the George Bushes, father and son, which were to lower taxation rates for the wealthy class.
From the “Social Science Quarterly:” “Americans have the highest income inequality in the rich world and over the last 20-30 years, and Americans have also experienced the greatest increase in income inequality among the rich nations … the majority of large gains are indeed at the top of the distribution.” This is the base reason behind the conservative capitalists disagreement with the current ruling party where President Obama is attempting to correct the wealth imbalance in the U.S.