Thank you so much for pointing out that it's still not safe for gay soldiers to come out yet. Most ordinary citizens don't realize this. A few weeks ago, the Obama administration invited military families to the White House for an event but was criticized for not inviting any gay service members. Obviously, if the administration sought out to invite any gay soldiers, they would risk getting the members discharged.
Mr. Baker hits the nail on the head: the far Right politicians are baiting their constituents with controversial social issues so that these voters will overlook the more important issues revolving around jobs and the economy. Middle-class voters need to realize that today's GOP holds the view that "trickle-down" economics works and that by giving tax breaks to the extremely wealthy, these elite will be able to provide jobs for the lower classes. The problem with this argument is that because movement in the economy is driven by so many complex factors, it's very difficult to prove the correlation between certain causes and effects, including GDP growth and tax rates.
Just looking at how much the Bush tax cuts increased our nation's deficit will tell you that dramatically cutting taxes creates a HUGE revenue problem.
All that to say, I've been puzzled for the past few years as to why poorer voters continue to vote for Republican candidates. But, as both Mr. Baker and Mr. Frank point out, they're just being distracted by social issues. It's really sad to see people voting against their own interests because of this ridiculous fear-mongering.
No, the world will not end if you allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
No, not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all Muslims are trying to impose Sharia law on America.
No, creationism is not science (Sorry to break the news, but the Bible was written by man) and therefore does not belong in a science classroom.
No, federal funding does NOT go toward abortions. And, HELL NO, Planned Parenthood doesn't provide just abortions.
Bottom line: we should not be wasting our time arguing about these things.
By Richard Alley
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