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Liberal response

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Regarding William Parrot’s letter (“Unaffordable liberalism,” Feb. 7).

I can’t speak for all liberals or progressives, but those I know and I believe in fiscal responsibility, but not just on the backs of those who can afford it less.

Over the past 40 years, monied interests have become more organized at taking the government back from the rest of us, co-opting both parties. They’ve concentrated ownership of the media and created biased think tanks to control public discussion.

Even most of the “liberal” media have to look over their shoulders because their support is from corporations. This way they’ve weakened unions, so wages haven’t kept up with inflation, so people can’t help the economic recovery so much.

The monied interests have attacked and weakened the welfare state while decrying any reduction in tax breaks and other support of the longstanding corporate welfare. They use red-herring social and other issues; innuendo; half-truths or just plain lies; and desperate, sometimes underhanded and possibly illegal tactics to bully or brainwash people into supporting whatever they want to do and distract from other things they’re doing.

Mr. Obama has let Congress (both parties) get away with a lot, but now it seems he may be learning some.

David R. Schwebke

Crystal Lake

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