Why Would We Entrust Future to Government?
I am writing to compliment Tom Goergen for the great ideas he offered to President Obama in his "My Turn" column (Jan. 21). I especially like the idea that "taxpayers would benefit from complete federal campaign financing."
The federal government could pass this legislation and call it the Politicians' Stimulus Plan. Whenever someone wanted to run for office, the federal government would pay for it. What a great boost for the advertising industry!
Of course, you realize that President Obama would be exempt from this legislation. You remember that he pledged to accept federal campaign financing before he decided to break his promise. He concluded he could raise far more money without the burdens of federal financing. That proved to be a great decision for him.
Another great idea is Goergen's advice that we do not need tax cuts. He is correct that "we need jobs building." Who is better equipped to do that than the federal government? Perhaps Obama could create a new Department of Jobs. It could hire people to do all the things Goergen talks about. There could be sub-departments such as the Department of Manufacturing and the Department of Alternative Energy Technologies.
As Tom says, "These would be real jobs to those in need, working on projects designed to provide a return to those future generations paying for them." Just think how many jobs can be created, and my children's children will pay for them.
If I am correct, I believe the former Soviet Union thrived on the same ideas that Goergen has expressed.
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