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September 25, 2011
The New York Times Opinion Page

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

This is the single most devastating euphemism I’ve seen to date.

It is unconstitutional, uncooperative, and just plain wrong.

America needs to tax the super rich and weathy corporations at a

substantially higher rate to encourage growth in our economy.

Yet ignorant republican politicians have lined up to sign this like a

druggie lines up to by his next fix.


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  1. Here is my personal opinion:

    The United States economy needs big businesses to create jobs, increase domestic industry, and allow for the cycle of wealth to remain within the country’s economy. In the face of internationalism and a world economy, industries are leaving for countries with much less regulation and taxation.

    The fact is, big companies are beneficial. Were they to not have money siphoned off by the government, then they could spend it on product improvement, employee pay, expansion…It benefits the consumer as well, by providing for a greater amount of products at a lower price. Hopefully taxes will be lowered so industry can revitalize the United States, and there will be enough companies domestically to compete for our consumer energies.

    • I see what you’re saying, and frankly I believed this too until just recently when it was proven to me that it’s just not happening. Big companies are making record profits while laying off workers. Pay hasn’t gone up commensurate to profits either. If a company finds a third world country to move to, it won’t make any difference if they are taxed or not, they’ll go. It’s all about profits to them.

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