To the editor
In response to Dale Stroup (letters, Wednesday, “Entitlements for rich have hurt America”), I must say I agree the entitlement situation for the rich is also out of hand, however, instead of reaching back to the Glass-Steagall Act of 1932 and trying to find someone or some party to blame, may I suggest we all be willing to give up our entitlements? I’ll be happy to forgo deductions for charitable contributions, home-interest mortgage, equipment purchase credits and deductions, blah, blah, blah, if the feds will give up credits for “clunkers,” new windows, insulating houses, buying new furnaces, blah, blah, blah. Get it?
The federal government has no place in trying to “stimulate the economy” or taking care of our every perceived need. We need a bold and radical approach, one that I’m afraid most Americans aren’t willing to sacrifice for because the idea of “sacrifice” was lost somewhere between Emanuel Cleaver’s father’s generation and his.