Union Democrat staff

Many deaf to real political messages

To the Editor:

It struck me the other day how much the musical industry and politics have in common. I recall an incidence that happened a few years ago. I was sitting chatting with two friends while the radio played in the background. A song came on and both told me how much they loved that song. I said, oh really? Do you have any clue as to what the words are. They both said not really. I downloaded the words and had them read. They were both thoroughly disgusted. Any more songs you "love?" They got the point.

Unfortunately, many people in this country react the same way when they hear the beautiful music of many politicians. They sway in rhythm to the wonderful sounds while failing to listen to the words.

Gerhard Wagner


Not discouraged by incompetence

To the Editor:

One thing can be said for the American Left: It is not discouraged by demonstrations of its bottomless incompetence.

The horrors of Obamacare continue to roll out, day by day, but - judging by letters to the editor of this newspaper - so-called "progressives" are simply moving forward with their next campaign. That is the battle against "income inequality."

Their hand-wringing over the broadening disparity between the "rich" and "the rest of us" lays the blame - as an article of faith - on capitalism.

The religious zeal with which this fallacy is promoted is in no way deterred by the fact that income disparity has been accelerated by the current administration's job-killing policies. Such disparity is bound to grow when anti-investment initiatives (like Obamacare) continue to force Americans onto the jobless rolls.

The Left crows about the unemployment rate falling below 7 percent - a dismal enough figure - but it neglects to note that when "discouraged worker" dropouts are factored in, the real rate is closer to 14 percent.

Of course, the Left has an answer for income inequality: It is more government, plus a promise to get things right if we'll just extend our trust a bit longer.

No, thank you.

Michael Ackley