LETTER: Some GOP moves can’t be justified

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

It’s good to see a couple of Republicans come out to try justify their party’s legislating actions. [Former Lee County Commissioner] Linda Shook defends the new voting laws enacted this session. Her contention is that there is abundant fraud.

If fraud is so abundant, how did Republicans gain control of all three branches of state government for the first time in 100 years? Republicans won under the old law, so her theory or logic doesn’t hold water.

[Letter writer] Sheila Barber tries to defend the killing of the sales tax-free weekend that a previous legislature had passed. She said most people will have more money in their pocket because of the tax cut, but she failed to mention that if you got a $60 state income tax cut, you would have to spend it and more on other sales taxes the legislature added to electric, gas and other services.

Then consider the philosophy that tax cuts to the upper 1 percent and corporations will give the economy a trickle-down effect and create jobs.

George H.W. Bush called it voodoo economics. It failed when [President Ronald] Reagan tried it, and it really went south under George W. Bush’s administration and plunged the country into its second depression in my lifetime. How many times do we have to try this failed economic policy before it is finally labeled a failure?

Republican leadership held a news conference and announced they had rewritten the tax code. They should have said they had a reallocation of the taxes paid by the taxpayers.

They used the most regressive tax (sales tax) and shifted more of the burden to the working poor. Rep. Mike Stone passed some of the dumbest local bills that Lee Countians will ever be exposed to.

I am not a lawyer, but I simply can’t see that the dismissing of four appointees from the CCCC trustees wouldn’t be ruled invalid on the grounds of discrimination. The four dismissed were appointed by the Lee County School Board, and their terms had not expired.

The election law requires all voters except absentee ballots to provide a photo ID.

Some letter writers apparently don’t realize that the judicial is the third leg of government. If a citizen has grievances and needs redress, they turn to the courts. Hopefully, the courts will be able to sort it out.

Robert Stone