RE: ‘Stay the course, America!’ |

RE: ‘Stay the course, America!’

“Stay the course, America!” in the Saturday, Sept. 18 paper misses the mark; the writer is certainly entitled to her opinion, but not entitled to twist the facts.

She makes much of 99 percent of all employers being small-business based, not ‘corporate’ based. However, only about half of private sector jobs are in small business, and less than two thirds of private sector jobs created in the last 15 years are small business.

More than 50 percent of small businesses are home-based, and not significant contributors to job growth. Tellingly, she does not mention the tsunami of new regulations adopted by the administration which do most of their damage to small business, where profit margins are too thin to hire workers to shuffle yet more government paper.

She crows that the median family federal income tax this year will be the lowest in any year since 1955; that’s a bug, not a feature. If you’re out of work or working part-time, you pay less tax. Not, I think, something to brag about.

Attempting to demonize the Koch brothers does little to advance reasoned debate. But when the facts don’t support your case, personal attack may be the only tool at hand.

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