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Do we really want to sacrifice standard of living for cheap jeans?

To The Daily Sun,

Government regulation, work rules, and taxes are at the heart of our ability to maintain our standard of living. They only drive business offshore when we allow competition with countries that care less about their workers and their environment.

Regulations, such as those related to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, to name a few, keep our air breathable, our water fit to drink, and control the disposal of industrial waste so we don't poison ourselves. China, which certainly has less regulation, had to shut down its factories in Beijing so the Olympic athletes could breathe.

Where would you rather work? We have Worker's Compensation and OSHA to keep workers safe and provide income replacement should they be injured. We have unemployment insurance. We have laws controlling how many hours a worker can work so they can enjoy life. We don't allow child labor. We have paid holidays. We have programs for the ill and infirm and a better legal system.

Our taxes pay for our educational system, our roads, and our defense. They pay for our police and fire responders among many other services we count on. They fund science and medical investigations and help small businesses grow. Our taxes pay for Social Security, so workers can be assured of some income when they retire.

Do we really want to sacrifice our standard of living and that of our children so we can buy cheaper blue jeans? Every product sold here should be from factories that have verified that our minimum standards are met. If the American worker could compete on a level playing field those out-sourced jobs would come racing back home.

Dave Pollak

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Ted Cruz is a prince among men; he'll kick you when you're down

To The Daily Sun,

Last week, Sen Ted Cruz addressed the Values Voter Summit: "You want to know how much each of you terrify Washington? Yesterday, John Boehner was Speaker of the House". I won't lie, my initial reaction was — what a .... But then, I thought, my God, he's absolutely correct.

Let me say at the outset, I'm no fan of Senator Cruz. He's a real kick-you-when-you're-down kind of guy. Four days after Beau Biden died of brain cancer, Sen. Cruz addressed the Livingston County Republican Party (Michigan): "Vice President Joe Biden — You know the nice thing? You don't need a punch line." At the Iowa State Fair, the day after President Carter announced that his cancer had gone into his brain, Sen. Cruz chose to compare the Carter and Obama administrations: "same failed domestic policy, same misery, stagnation and malaise, same feckless and naïve foreign policy."

Ted's a real prince among men.

Sen. Cruz screams about the "The Washington cartel,"  but who, really, has tied Congress in a knot? Go back to the 2010 election when the Tea Party became a significant force. Since that election we have had the least productive Congress in the history of the country. Several months ago, I asked Mr. Ewing to point out one piece of constructive legislation put forth by the Tea Party Caucus. I was assured that not only he, but "many other contributors" would provide "many examples". (Kinda sounds like The Donald.) So far, I haven't seen a single one.

The Tea Party has done nothing but obstruct. They'll tell us that they're just a bunch of patriotic, fun-loving folks who just want to make government smaller. This will, of course, improve our lives beyond our wildest expectations. But wait. Take some time and check out who is exactly funding the Tea Party.

Check out Ted Cruz's campaign donors. Check out "In national politics, big money drowning out everyone else" by Michael Kranish. You'll find the billionaire Wilks brothers who donated millions — millions with a lot of strings attached. It's big corporate money that controls the Tea Party. Look at the influence of the Koch brothers. Anyone who believes that the needs of the average citizen are ever considered is sadly mistaken.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I don't like bullies and I question the integrity of a United States senator who rejoices in "terrifying." We absolutely need a change in Washington. But Ted and his Tea Party are not the answer.

June M. Huot


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