Thanks, Shirley

The Tribune (SLO) - - Opinion -

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

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