Say no to ‘Big Sis­ter’ Clin­ton

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - RANDALL STEPHENS Falls Church, Vir­ginia

Maybe it’s just the con­ser­va­tive in me, but when I heard Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton say that “Ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans need a cham­pion, and I want to be that cham­pion so you can do more than just get by — you can get ahead and stay ahead,” my first thought was “Big gov­ern­ment” (“Hil­lary Clin­ton an­nounces 2016 bid, says she’s run­ning for ‘ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans,’ April 12).

Was Hil­lary think­ing of coal min­ers and their fam­i­lies in Penn­syl­va­nia, West Vir­ginia and Ken­tucky? She served in an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion that is try­ing to de­stroy the liveli­hood of th­ese hard­work­ing fam­i­lies. Or was she think­ing of fam­ily farm­ers in Iowa, who are con­tend­ing with an En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency that wants to reg­u­late their ir­ri­ga­tion ditches and stock ponds and the dust kicked up by their trac­tors? Was she re­fer­ring to small, fam­i­ly­owned “wild­cat” oil com­pa­nies drilling oil and gas wells? Was she im­ply­ing she would fight for a fam­ily-owned pizzeria whose pro­pri­etors be­lieve their faith pre­cludes them from sup­port­ing a gay “mar­riage”? Per­haps she would be a cham­pion for a mom-and-pop gun shop in Texas.

Th­ese are ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans. My guess is they don’t want a cham­pion in Wash­ing­ton; they want Wash­ing­ton to leave them alone and let them pros­per. I guess in­stead of Big Brother, Hil­lary is of­fer­ing us Big Sis­ter. No thanks.

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