I am constantly amazed at how the right-wingers all spout the same "talking points" like parrots, instead of examining a situation from a logical viewpoint.
For example, Carole Adams complained about "tax breaks" for Hollywood producers in Obama's new stimulus package (Letters, Herald, Feb. 18). Does Adams realize how many people are employed by the entertainment and film industry? This industry is responsible for a large portion of our exporting revenue and contributes significantly to the economies of California and New York, and the GDP. Thousands of jobs rely on this unique strong point of the U.S. economy. I couldn't possibly dismiss this segment of our economy as "pork" or useless spending.
Besides, it is not spending - it is a tax cut, that which the right professes to love. All of their complaints about social programs rely upon their rigid belief in social Darwinism (to wit, the current argument of "moral hazard"), small to nonexistent government and no regulation. The results can be seen in our current mess. It has been a field day for crooks, greedy fools and bankrupt ideologies. Even Alan Green-span, financial guru to the right, had to admit in hearings (televised on CSPAN) that he was wrong and his "model is broken."
If the Republicans were still in control, we'd have nothing but bailouts to banks without any rules and regulations, tax breaks for the richest citizens and corporations that owe allegiance only to themselves and their shareholders and the rest would be left to decay and collapse like our infrastructure already has done.
If it is wrong to support anything but tax cuts, where would we get the revenue to continue as a civilized society? Tax cuts without a demand component to the economy will only further the collapse. A "supply side" or "trickle down" economy is doomed to fail as we have clearly seen. The only trickle down I can see are the fallacious arguments coming from the right-wing politicians and pundits.
Cecilia Haviland, Pagosa Springs