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Responses to many recent fallacies

By Mary Beth Crafts | Oct 22, 2013

To take your last point first: the federal government has its own health and retirement plan just as any other responsible employer does.

Now back to your first point. No, our forefathers did not think that every person's vote counted. That is why they established a republican form of government as opposed to a true democracy. They excluded a portion of voters based on race, sex, etc., and the U.S. senators were appointed by state legislatures, not elected by the voters.

All three branches of government are considered equal per the system of checks and balances. So your argument that House elections trump all is incorrect. The same applies to your statement regarding the source of the president's majority. It doesn't matter; it was a majority vote, and that is the only requirement. In case you've forgotten, he campaigned in 2008 on the promise to enact what became the ACA, and was re-elected after it had become the law of the land.

Furthermore, Red states are more likely to get a bigger cut of federal spending than Blue states. Of the 22 states that went to McCain in 2008, 86 percent (19) received more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. In contrast, 55 (15) percent of the states that went to Obama received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16.

And finally, the recent debacle in Washington cost billions, and the Republicans claim to favor a reduction in federal spending. They are definitely not leading by example.

Mary Beth Crafts

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