Rushville Republican

Opinion

October 17, 2012

Note to Mitt: Republicans Could Help the 47%

(Continued)

RUSHVILLE —

Free Trade and Small Businesses

What he needs to talk about is why people are not paying federal income tax. It is not, as some may argue, about tax evasion. Instead it is low wages and high unemployment. If you look at Rushville, 11% of people in the town live under the poverty line and the median household income was $30,233. Nationally, 15.1%, as of 2010, were below the poverty line and 8.2% of people were unemployed.

Arguments have been made by Democrats for the role of big business in the impoverishment of the poor. Dave Johnson of the Campaign for America’s Future, states that Wal-Mart and free trade have killed off the wages of Americans. Romney has put it down to fecklessness, but what if it is these policies? Free trade means companies can move factories from the States to a cheaper country and export back to the states without penalty. This has caused rising unemployment. Many Americans feel the bedrock of any community, like in Rushville, is the local independent businesses run by caring, knowledgeable, local people who you get to know and respect. The Wal-Mart argument states the homogenization has led to the death of many local businesses, while paying staff less.

Republican Solutions

Surely, the role of the Republican party is to find solutions for pulling people out of poverty and to bring them into paying taxes - well, whatever taxes end up existing. If it was up to Ron Paul there would be no income taxes at all. Negativity will not win an election, so Romney, while highlighting a possible problem, should offer ways the GOP will solve those problems. If this works, the looks positive, gives people hope and gives them a meaningful alternative to Obama’s Democrats. One not based on being against stuff, but being for stuff.

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