To The Daily Sun,
After reading the response by Ms. Loesch to Tony Boutin's letter in Friday's Sun, I have come to the conclusion that she is a very intelligent woman who lacks something that is very important to one's thought process, good old common sense.
Let me begin with the minimum wage controversy. People who are working for the minimum wage are for the most part just starting out in the work force, people who have nothing in the way of experience to offer an employer. These jobs give them the opportunity to gain the experience needed to move on to better paying jobs. Others are teenagers working after school and during summer vacation. Are there exceptions to this? Very few.
If you look at the effect of the minimum wage, without rose colored glasses, you will see that it does little to change the spending capacity for those that the feel good progressives profess to care about. If you raise the minimum wage it results in two negatives. First employers whose companies work with very small profit margins will cut back on staff. The second, which to me is the most important, is these employers will raise prices on their products to compensate for the wage increase which increases inflation which takes away any gain these employees see. Also, people a little further up the ladder will see their buying ability reduced by the guaranteed price increases. It's simple economics.
The number one thing that raises people out of poverty is a robust economy which progressive policies put a stranglehold on and unless you're blinded by ideology you can see the results of these policies in the last five years. If you look at the investment versus the results of the war on poverty since it's inception there is nothing to see but complete failure.
Single parents. I have to believe that Ms. Loesch has blinders on to believe that a single parent family doesn't cause poverty. It also is the cause of generational poverty as children brought up under these circumstances tend to remain in them. Please, before anyone gets their knickers in a knot I don't mean that all single parents live this lifestyle but it is rife in our society and I'm not speaking from an ivory tower but as a voice of experience. When it comes to driving to work in a broken down vehicle, what are we supposed to do buy them all Cadillac Escalades? Oh that's right, I'm sure the car of choice would be a Toyota Prius. I drove a lot of broken down vehicles to work in my younger days and didn't look to Uncle Sam to buy me a better one. Come to think of it, I worked for small money until I became experienced in my trade.
I believe that if the people who take advantage of these programs were weeded out, and there are many many of them, there would be plenty of money to improve the lives of the people who really need and deserve assistance. This is where the Democratic Party comes in. They block any changes to their political cash cow.
Ms. Loesch states that the Democratic Party doesn't need the poor to win politically. Wow, that kinda reminds me of "if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor." I hate to burst her bubble but if the Democratic Party didn't buy people's votes with our tax money by promising everything but 21 virgins (hmm, maybe I shouldn't of given them that idea) Mitt Romney would be president today and the economy in this country would be a heck of a lot better that it is now.
To Tony Boutin: keep up the good work.