Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:24AM
The next time I hear a GOP member recite the platform slogan, “government does not create jobs” I will bite the head off a chicken in anger and frustration! The fact is that government has been the single largest job and revenue creator for the top 2 percent, as well as many high-tech and labor jobs for the “little people,” for at least the last 70 years or so.
Government may be the single largest private-sector job creator on God’s green earth!
How, you say? War; military contracts; oil-rig builders in the southern oil fields of Iraq; companies making everything from military uniforms, food stuffs, ammo, weapons, planes, vehicles, tanks, jeeps — all those things needed to keep a war machine hard at work. This is why it is so important for the GOP to constantly create villains around the world. It’s huge money.
It’s also very sad and causes us to be hated around the world as we are perceived as warmongers. It makes me wonder if even Barack Obama understood full and well that ending the war in Afghanistan would have ultimately led to a dip in economic growth.
I guess now that he has nothing to lose as a lame-duck president he will not let that “potentially damaging pre-election fact” stand in his way of a full retreat out of the Afghanistan.
Bottom line, and to the previous point, government is presently and has always, it seems, been creating jobs, in the worst of times, and the best!
Louis DeRosa, Westchester
Wasteful SuperPAC ads
I know I write for almost every citizen in the United States when I say that the negative ads are bottom-of-the-barrel tactics.
Every election, it’s the same thing. The billions that were spent, especially in the last month or so, were totally wasted as nothing changed. Nothing.
So many people could have been fed, given hope or clothed in garments to ward off the winter . . . but politicians foolishly spend this money quoting that “negative ads work.”
In South Chicago, killing people works, too, but it’s not the right thing to do.
How do we end this foolish waste?
Steve Hilmer, Barrington