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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I am tired of hearing the false Republican talking point: “Democrats want to give everyone 'free stuff.'" Liberal Democrats have proposed programs to make America a stronger and more modern nation. They have also said that these programs should be paid for through fair taxation at all levels. They have also said that these programs, especially for medical care and public education through college, will ultimately save all Americans money while providing critical benefit to the nation. That is not “free stuff.”

Both Republicans and Democrats are spenders because spending is necessary to sustain and strengthen a modern city, state or nation. Republicans believe they can spend while continuing to cut taxes. Democrats disagree with Republicans on this and understand that spending on basic public needs requires predictable and sustainable public revenues.

Democrats also understand that fair taxation on everyone including the middle class, corporations and the super wealthy is the path to a sustainable and predictable public revenue stream. Spending to strengthen the nation is not sustainable or predictable when revenue is continually cut or is dependent on economic gimmicks such as Republican supported “trickle down” economics.

Democrats are not promising “free stuff.” They are proposing that all Americans meet their patriotic duty to pay up front through fair taxation for benefits all Americans deserve to receive by virtue of living in the wealthiest democracy on Earth. Democrats are proposing a stronger America for all Americans living today and in the future and a fair means for all Americans to pay for it.

John B. Trainor

Tucson

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