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September 9, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 9, 2012

Propaganda from Bucshon

Congressman Larry Bucshon’s letter to the Tribune-Star (Sept. 4) is a mass of generalities and unsupported claims that he uses to attack President Obama. It’s also almost identical to a campaign mailer that arrived a month or so ago in my mailbox.

These long-winded pieces of propaganda rely on a whole lot of repetition to try to make their point. “Failed policies” — three times. “Uncertainty” — twice. “Unnecessary regulations,” “increased regulation,” and even “increased government regulation.” I noticed that these same phrases occurred regularly at the Republican National Convention, so apparently Rep. Bucshon and his party believe that you can convince anyone of anything if you say it often enough.

Another problem with Rep. Bucshon’s rhetoric is that “policies” and “philosophies” (another favorite vagueness of his) don’t “fail,” as he says repeatedly. Laws may fail, actions may fail, human beings may fail, but policies and philosophies are based on beliefs and values and principles. You can disagree with them, but don’t call them failures. And what are these “failed” policies and philosophies exactly?

I’d also appreciate a specific or two from our representative. Just what “unnecessary regulations” is he talking about? What is it that small businesses “fear”? What is the source of all this “uncertainty”? Deadlocks in Congress, perhaps? Refusal to compromise or negotiate? Vague Republican plans for drastic changes in Social Security and Medicare? The impossibility of cutting taxes for the rich and balancing the budget and reducing the deficit all at once?

Rep. Bucshon claims that he has voted for more than 30 jobs bills that now “languish in the Harry Reid-controlled Senate.” A quick look at Rep. Bucshon’s website reveals that among these bills (passed by the “John Boehner-controlled House”?) are the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, and the Southeast Arizona Resource Utilization & Conservation Act. Defining these as “jobs bills” is nothing more than self-serving hypocrisy.

Two words that the representative really likes are “I” (12 times) and “my” (six times), which may suggest what his letter is really about. The congressman says that families and small businesses are looking for “serious solutions for our country’s serious problems, not more political rhetoric.” As the Book of Luke says, “Physician, heal thyself.”

— David Stanley

Terre Haute

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