March 12, 2013
Re "Banks may be too big to prosecute, U.S. says," March 8 If banks are too big to prosecute, it is time to break them up. Too big to prosecute is too big to exist. Larry Severson Fountain Valley ALSO: Letters: Two sides on Hugo Chavez Letters: Mental health and marijuana Letters: 'Class warfare' on the L.A. ballot
December 2, 2002
Robert Reich's "A Winning $700-Billion Balancing Act" made for chilling reading. It was the epitome of naked class warfare. Karl Marx would have been very proud. Reich makes the taking of much of what's left of one's lifetime efforts to distribute to others sound almost sensible. "From each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs." Sound familiar? Fortunately, we still live in a capitalist society, where we can work hard all our lives with some assurance that our children will inherit the fruits of our labors.
October 1, 2004 |
Republicans have insisted for years that the American people don't resent the rich, they admire them. Strangely, though, they have devoted enormous energy this year to informing the American people that John F. Kerry is rich. The Republican National Committee produced a game called Kerryopoly, in which a player earning $40,000 a year "can land on properties like Nantucket, worth $9.18 million, Beacon Hill, worth $6.9 million, or Idaho, worth $4.9 million."
September 24, 2000 |
With just over a week to go before the presidential debates begin, the unexpected has happened. The differences between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush haven't narrowed, they've grown wider. At issue is the future of egalitarianism in America. Can Gore convince voters that his defense of "working families"--or, as he now prefers to call them, "hard-working, middle-class families"--constitutes a new egalitarianism?
January 14, 2002
The knee-jerk retort of Republicans whenever it is pointed out how they always favor the well-to-do over the needy is that those who are doing the pointing are guilty of "class warfare." As if policies that favor only one small segment of our society to the detriment of the vast majority are not class warfare but being critical of it is. Now we have the Enron scandal. The biggest bankruptcy in the history of our country. A handful of executives (including pals of our "compassionate conservative" president)
January 16, 2003
Re "A Tax Cut Rooted in the Bush Pedigree," by Kevin Phillips, Opinion, Jan. 12: Why is anyone surprised that President Bush is proposing even more tax breaks that primarily benefit himself? Virtually everything he has done has been for that effect. From trying to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness, to his first tax cut for the very wealthy, to sabotaging the historic Kyoto accord, to trying to control more Middle East oil by starting a war, the only common thread is that it all builds his personal wealth.
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September 5, 1999
Columnist Kenneth Khachigian would have us believe that the best thing to do with the surplus generated during the Clinton years is to give the money "back" to the people who earned it (Aug. 29). Khachigian revealed the hidden intent of Republicans in proposing a tax cut when he cited the 300 millionaires at Broadcom as people deserving of a break. That's Republican "logic." Let's not worry about education, health care, the Reagan debt or anything else as long as there is a needy millionaire out there with a tin (gold?
June 6, 2012 |
Ever controversial Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has stirred up yet another little furor with his remarks about Justin Combs, son of rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs (a.k.a. Diddy). On his "O'Reilly Factor" show on Tuesday night, Bill reported the news that Combs the Younger had received a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football for UCLA. After complimenting the teen for his exceptional performance and for staying clean, he then took issue with Combs the Elder over the scholarship which, according to O'Reilly, was worth $54,000 a year to the Combs family.