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Letter: What drives the Democrats?

Editor, Gazette-Journal:




I have attempted for years to deduce what drives Democrats to do some of the things they do. An opinion piece by Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Police at Berkeley, published recently in a local daily newspaper, has provided a breakthrough.


The article is about the Affordable Care Act and some of the issues surrounding it. When he gets to the part about financing it (he mentions the 3.8 percent surtax on capital gains and dividend income and the increase in Medicare taxes—“for richer people”). He then states that “It’s only fitting that those with higher incomes bear some responsibility for maintaining the health of Americans who are less fortunate.” At that point, he unveils the core of his argument: “This is a profoundly moral argument.” In a later paragraph he asserts “there would be no reason to reform and extend health insurance to begin with if we did no...

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