The other day, one of my buds asked me why I was so against the GOP. My initial response was to cite the failures of trickle-down economics and the continual efforts of House Republicans to remove women's health care options.
But upon reflection, I am aware of many important issues in which I differ from what used to be my preferred party. My allegiance ended in the 1980s, when the Republicans gave us Ronald Reagan. I am proud that I have no connection to anyone who thinks that unfettering greed is good policy.
In fact, I have a moral objection to greed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched the GOP drift away from any semblance of true conservatism and deeper into some bizarre form of fundamental idiocy, wherein conserving the environment is antithetical to conservatism. Or allowing fundamental societal infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools and hospitals to deteriorate is somehow preferable to a fair tax rate on the businesses and financiers that profit from our society.
The trends toward privatization of governmental functions, deregulation of business activities and underfunding basic infrastructure have only served to create corporate principalities that are equivalent to the aristocracy against which was the American Revolution. In short, the GOP has diverged from conserving our society and its values.
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PETER D. MIKKELSEN, Richland