Robert Powell


To the editor:

Rather than acknowledging problems and dealing with them, too many Americans are inclined to cast blame rather than working to improve the situation. For example, many pundits criticize the Affordable Care Act, the rollout of which was admittedly an inexcusable disaster. However, I have yet to hear any reasonable alternatives. Repeal without a better option is no option at all.

Similarly, Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation (The Examiner, Tuesday, “Obama concedes disparities in economy”) criticized Obama’s economic policies because they focus on “Robin Hood redistribution schemes” rather than the economic growth Moore claims is the “best antidote to poverty.” OK, where are the policy alternatives that might actually grow the economy? Trickle down is clearly discredited and might more aptly be called “trickle-up”.

State Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) introduced a bill making it easier to deny unemployment benefits if an applicant committed a “knowing” violation of employer rules, explaining that it’s easier to prove than an employee doing something “wanton or willful” or “intentional and substantial” in violation of employer expectations (current language governing benefits). This clearly blames the former employee, who might be guilty, but should laws so blatantly favor employers who save a few dollars, but whose net worth already increased during the current recovery (see Stephen Moore’s validation that nearly all economic gains have gone to the already wealthy).

Also, I have difficulty understanding Mr. Kraus’s eagerness to enforce employers’ rules. As an elected official, he is employed by the citizens in his district, and I don’t think the state Senate is doing much for their best interests. Maybe the senators need to be fired and deemed ineligible for unemployment benefits. Oh, that wouldn’t bother them, would it? They’re already among the economic elite, quick to criticize anything that might upset the apple cart they’re riding to even greater prosperity.