Friday, November 14, 2008
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In response to Allan Burns' recent letter ("Cal Thomas missed his opportunity to call for unity," Nov. 7) in regard to the Barack Obama victory, I would say that Thomas and the rest of us 46 percent of McCain voters believe the goal is not unity, but doing the right thing.
If Obama does even the following things, I'd consider uniting behind him:
· Find ways to cut taxes, not increase them. Even the venerated Democratic President John F. Kennedy understood this. By cutting income tax rates by 20 percent in 1962 and reducing corporate income taxes by 10 percent, he was able to spur economic growth and help create jobs.
Will Obama seek more ways to create dependency on government, or will he free up capital that people can use to expand businesses? If it's true that nearly 40 percent of Americans don't pay federal income taxes, then won't that 40 percent of the 95 percent intended for tax cuts really be receiving welfare checks (referred to as refundable tax credits)?
· Halt the insidious "bailouts" of private industries that prevent the failure and rebirth necessary for success. You know, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. But why bother if government is going to prop up your failing ways? Government wins this game by being the "hero" and by expanding its power over more of the private sector.
· Appoint judges that seek to be faithful to the rule of law, not that seek first to be empathetic or fair-minded. What a floating consensus fairness as a ruling criteria is - how do you know if you ever attain it?
Space does not permit listing all the actions he should take, but moving toward these would help many of us rally behind him.