I am compelled to comment on last Tuesday’s Around Town column, in which “women’s issues” were the lead topic. Apparently nothing else of note was discussed at the June 14 11th District Congressional Runoff Debate, as your column’s focus is entirely on “women’s issues” and your contention that candidates Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk inadequately answered two such questions posed by Randy Evans.
Our country’s unofficial motto since founding, which still appears on the Great Seal of the United States, is “E pluribus unum” — from many, one. Instead of following this principle, many politicians have been working overtime for years to segment the population into numerous sub-groups for the purpose of buying their votes through special interest legislation, tax breaks, etc. Unfortunately, some who should know better are following suit.
I am of the opinion that we don’t need to address just “women’s issues” any more than we should address “men’s issues,” or use the power of government to specially treat any segment of the population. I propose we return to policies and legislation for the good of all citizens, as the candidates were attempting to do last Saturday.
For starters, we could repeal the Income Tax code and the 16th Amendment, close down the too-corrupt-to fix IRS, and implement the Simple Tax. The resulting booming economy would benefit all citizens. We could repeal the misguided and unaffordable government takeover of the health care industry and return to free market competition, thus benefitting all citizens. We could balance the budget, return to economic stability, and save the future for all our children and grandchildren. We could secure our borders, rather than allow criminals, terrorists and welfare thieves to freely wander in and steal our lives and treasure, thereby benefitting all our citizens.
While I was not at that debate, based on your report, I commend both candidates for answers directed at benefiting all American citizens.
In closing, let me say that while I usually read the MDJ at breakfast, one could do far worse than to read and ponder a section of the Constitution with his or her Wheaties. Both are guaranteed to produce a better educated voter, and Lord knows, we need more of them!