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Monday, Aug 13 2012 11:06 PM

ANOTHER VIEW: CSUB professor conveniently ignores facts about economy

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By MIKE MILLER

According to current theories of the Democratic establishment, the government needs to be taking care of us by taxing our earnings more and more, in order to spend the money more wisely than we can ourselves. One person who recently championed the concept works for Cal State Bakersfield.

Apparently, professor Mark Martinez spends more time reading his own book than the newspaper. In his Aug. 9 Community Voices article, "Time to sail away from GOP's 'Trickle Down Island,'" the political science instructor writes about "cave-dwelling" Republicans who are stranded in the past and marooned on an "island." With comments like "blindly believing" and "tax cut jihad," he zealously painted Republicans as "suicidal," "Shinto-like" and economic "kamikazes."

Martinez eagerly expresses his concern for our broken economy, blaming Republican policies exclusively without mentioning a few readily apparent facts. More Americans were employed on any day during the Bush administration than on any day during the Obama administration. Unemployment has remained at a staggering 8 percent-plus on President Obama's watch -- and Democrats controlled the House and the Senate as well as the presidency for the first two years of Barack Obama's first term.

The president was successful in passing every program he championed during those first two years. The result has been fewer jobs and lower wages for U.S. citizens. The really bad news is that it wasn't free. Our national debt has grown even faster than home foreclosures and bankruptcies have, to a crushing $16 trillion. It was $9 trillion under the Republicans' "Neanderthal" leadership.

Who is "holding the middle class hostage to bolster a failed economic theory"? Martinez proclaims that it is Republicans that "cheapen" our "American experience" and "human spirit." But his words don't coincide with facts that were completely and no doubt purposefully ignored in his article.

Perhaps, for Martinez, political bigotry is more of a passion than national economic security. All of that name-calling and partisan venom loudly diminished what substance may have lain beneath the din of his article after all.

When a problem arises, it is usually most effective to find the cause and correct whatever caused the mischief rather than pretending the solution is unrelated to the cause. If our debt is unmanageable, as it surely is, then raising taxes does not address the cause. Reducing spending is the prudent method for our government, just as it is for businesses and our family budget. The rail against keeping taxes down is clearly an attempt to keep spending on the same failed track.

Republicans want "tax cuts for the rich," cries Martinez. He is right -- but didn't mention that Republicans want tax cuts for every American and a balanced budget, too.

Why take hope from the poor who want to be successful by slandering those who work hard to attain financial stability and employ people?

There are several ways of generating cash: profit, taxes, dividends, interest, wages and inheritance. What Martinez and others of his mindset don't or won't realize is that they all come from profit.

If there is such a thing as "voodoo economics," it is being practiced and promoted by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

A lot of ink was spilled in Martinez's article with examples of creativity and innovation that flourished under other than capitalistic environments. One of the examples referred to Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov's design of the Russian AK-47 combat rifle. I'm sure there is an intellectual and meaningful connection to how Republicans from the imaginary cave on that faraway island are attacking middle-class Americans' financial health, but those of us without Ph.D.s have missed the point.

When balancing the budget is referred to as "crank theory" and raising taxes is promoted as the solution to runaway spending, you get what we have now. Let's go "back to the future," where reality is more important than fantasy and math is held in higher regard than political (junk) science.

Thomas Jefferson enlightened us long ago when he counseled generations to come with this observation: "If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."

What do you have to add to that, professor?

Mike Miller of Bakersfield is a steel fabrication estimator for a local manufacturer. Another View presents a critical response to a previous editorial, column or news story.

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