Kudos to Shirley Bianchi (Viewpoint, March 2) for calling out the Republican Party as the the party of no, except when it comes to awarding its donor class huge tax cuts and regulation cuts harmful to public health and safety.
What they are good at is selling fear, uncertainty and doubt. Fear that there are hordes of people coming across the border to harm you, uncertainty as to programs whose time has come such as universal healthcare, and doubt by setting up their latest boogeyman — “socialism” — while they enable a president who needs to be introduced to our Constitution.
Our country needs programs to improve our infrastructure, a conversation on what are the contours of a national health program, what a comprehensive immigration program looks like and education programs that address 21st century skills ... and a recognition that climate change is real.
No is not the answer. Nor is a cascade of lies from the Whitehouse. That is not governing; that’s fear mongering.
Shirley got it right. Fear uncertainty and doubt is the currency of a party that is bankrupt when it comes to ideas. – Arlene Carol, Nipomo