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Freeman espouses same old tired litany

By Geary Foertsch | Jul 21, 2014

I am writing in response to Richard Freeman's letter, ("Does Gazette need conservative columnist?," Cape Gazette, July 15), seemingly in defense of Don Flood, but more overtly an attack on Mr. Robert W. Kuehnl's rant that no conservative views are voiced in the paper's columns.

Mr. Kuehnl's point is logical since Don Flood writes from the liberal perspective which is fine - no problem. But, the plain fact is the Gazette does not have a regular columnist from the right. That's Mr. Freeman's total beef - lack of opinion balance for readers that daily newspapers generally do.

But, Mr. Freeman spends more than about 500 words attacking Mr. Kuehnl and anything on what he terms the "[wacky] far right" - from Fox News (mentioned three times) to Michelle Bachman, Ted Cruz, and George W. Bush to the Republican Party which he says has "morphed into a hateful, polarizing entity run by very rich people..."

In other words, the same old tired litany that is sanctified in the left's daily liturgy.

The low point of Mr. Freeman's onslaught is when he blames George W. Bush for a $1.2 trillion deficit when he left office, but cherry-picks President Obama's five years of profligate, fiscal overspending producing about $5 trillion of debt.

He focuses on a current year, temporary snapshot of an "only" $500 billion deficit to imply a 70 percent improvement in debt/GDP compared to Bush. Then, Mr. Freeman self-righteously states that "Those are the facts."

But here's what the Congressional Budget Office's July 14, 2014, Long Term Budget report (cbo.gov) says are the facts: "Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar... almost twice the percentage at the end of 2008."

This is why other voices are needed to counter the alleged "facts."

Geary Foertsch
Rehoboth Beach

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