Media victimsAfter reading letters by H.F. Rizzo and Jean...

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October 21, 1992

Media victims

After reading letters by H.F. Rizzo and Jean Kittel about the media's "coddling" of Bill Clinton on the character issue (Oct. 16), it amazes me that these long-suffering victims of the so-called "liberal" media still don't get the message.

Despite their harangues about the media being apologists for "Slick Willie," the truth is that most people have heard in great detail their stories and claims and simply reject the premise that George Bush is the right man for the job.

Perhaps people see the hypocrisy of a candidate who flip-flopped on Roe vs. Wade, voodoo economics, the Iran-contra scandal and promises of no new taxes.

Maybe it was the emptiness of Bush's pledge to be the "environmental" or "education" president. For whatever reason, his tactic of character assassination has not worked the magic his supporters have come to expect from fear- and hate-mongering politics.

Still, I expect to hear their voices grow more angry and strident between now and the election. It probably never will sink in for them that most people are more interested in specific ideas to address what ails our country than in biased opinions about a candidate's character.

I'm looking forward to the prospect that this self-righteous clamor will become the fading echo of a diminishing minority after Nov. 3. I hope then that we may truly embark on becoming a kinder, gentler nation.

Michael Coughlin

Baltimore

State needs downsizing, not more taxes

Hold onto your hats and hide your wallets. Our General Assembly, famous for looking out for the common man, is holding another special session to deal with another state budget crisis.

For those not versed in Marylandese, "deal with the state's budget crisis" means increase taxes. If history repeats, the General Assembly will come up with another patch job that will increase our tax burden and solve the immediate problem for three to four weeks.

We do not need another patch on Maryland's leaking fiscal inner tube. We do need a permanent solution -- like spending less, not taxing more.

Yet there seems to be no plan to downsize the bloated state government bureaucracy and put a rein on the spending habits of our glorious governor.

Why can our federal government function with 14 cabinet members, while a little state like Maryland needs 31 cabinet-level departments, some of which duplicate services of other departments?

Why does each government department need its own public information agency when Governor Schaefer has a huge one of his own?

What happened to the Butta commission recommendations and other studies of how to downsize state government and eliminate duplication?

Our once-prosperous state continues to go down the financial tubes -- not surprising after our governor unloaded a $430 million dollar surplus into the pockets of his political friends.

The way out of this situation is to encourage private-sector spending and investment instead of taking discretionary dollars

out of taxpayers' pockets.

Let's get a permanent solution and stop this semiannual exercise of going from one fiscal crisis and special session to another.

Charles A. Frainie

Woodlawn

What went wrong?

Many Americans are asking, "what went wrong here?" Here is one answer that the politicians ignore: When housing became Americans' preferred investment, rather than a cost of living, the seeds of the nation's demise were planted.

The cost of a house as it increases ultimately is born by the businesses that must pay wages to cover monthly house payments. When the wage can rise no higher because of a competitive business environment, the corporation self-destructs or moves to a place where housing is less expensive.

This phenomenon is the current American dilemma. How could we have ever thought that making an investment in a house was more important than buying plant and equipment in a market economy? Now we have houses, but no jobs to support them.

Who is to blame? The politicians who wrote the tax code over the last 50 years made it imperative to buy a house while they treated business investment through financial markets as a sin.

For liberal politicians this methodology was to lead to a desirable end: the dismantling of corporate America with its accompanying social unrest and demand for change.

Thus we get Bill Clinton, whose goals include a de facto government takeover of American corporations through regulation and re-manipulating the tax code.

This country's socialists have purposedly advocated the removal public investment from corporate enterprise over 50 years. The income tax enacted in 1913 was the start.

The war for control of productivity is now over. The liberal left has won. With the country about to enter virtual bankruptcy, the election Nov. 3 is to decide who gets the scraps left over from a once productive enterprise called America.

Richard L. Frank

Cockeysville

Not safe

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