Government spending vital to full economic recovery

July 30, 2013 

A recent letter taking President Obama to task for spending was full of the usual misstatements -- lots of unsupported assertions. The letter begins with a false assumption, that government spending is always bad.

The disastrous results of austerity measures in Europe apparently didn't teach our right-wing obstructionists a thing. Mainstream economists agree that a recession is not the time to cut spending or try to balance budgets.

Austerity deepens a recession -- as happened in Europe and as the sequester is doing here. Spending cuts also hurt the vulnerable the most.

But that isn't important to conservatives, who want to protect the wealth of the richest and treat everyone else as disposable.

Another false statement -- that Obama is a big spender, running us further into debt. As a matter of fact, he has been steadily reducing the deficit.

The writer also states with absolute certainty -- but no evidence -- that the president's trip to Africa was " totally nonproductive."

About global warming, the writer makes the outrageous statement that it "will make no difference after the economy crashes." In the first place, global warming, as the term suggests, affects the whole world, not just the U.S. Secondly, unaddressed global warming may well cause a crash. And thirdly, global warming will have a worse impact on people living in a crashed economy, who would lack planning, repair and restructuring to minimize damage of another storm like Sandy.

The writer deplores "wasteful" spending on alternate energy production. What about huge annual subsidies to oil companies? They are the real expense, not startup alternate energy companies.

If conservatives continue to reject government spending on the public good, they will have to suffer the results of their stupidity. The trouble is that the rest of us also will.

Myra Jones


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