Republicans' Catchphrase Is Attempt at ObfuscationLarry Miller's comment "We don't have a revenue problem ... we have a spending problem" ("Republican Rift: The Domino Effect," Letters, April 12 ) is the new catchphrase of the right wing of the Republican Party.
They need the phrase because it has been proven, from state to state and across the country in the last 30 years that when Republicans run a government, that government is sure to end up wallowing in debt.
The reason is twofold. First, even as Republicans try to cut spending on Medicare and Medicaid among other vital health care programs, they will always demand big-spending favors for lobbyists who ply them with campaign donations and perks. That's why, through Tom DeLay and Eric Cantor's so-called K-Street project, the number of lobbyists in Washington has doubled from 17,000 to 34,000 since the Bush administration took over, and it's why the Republicans are currently awash in scandal.
The second is simply greed. While Democrats seek out ways to honor work and responsibility, Larry Miller's generation of right-wing Republicans continues to worship wealth. They have bestowed more than $100,000 in tax cuts a year for millionaires over the last four years and plan to cut the same amount in the next five.
With more than a $1 trillion reduction in revenue in the last five years, in the midst of two different wars and at the beginning of a 20-year baby boom retirement cycle, revenue is exactly the problem.
And greed is the moral failure at the heart of that problem.
The Byrd Flies SoloWith regard to the comment by Kathryn Wiley that the Byrd Theatre gets government assistance ("The Sequel," Arts & Culture, April 12) sorry, Kathryn, you can't use that one. The Byrd gets no subsidy, tax break or any other government assistance.
Even the Register of Historic Places plaques out front are purchased from a private supplier, not furnished by the Department of the Interior as many people believe. The Byrd lives on income from the box office, the concession and facility rentals.
Projectionist and General Fix-It Guy
In a story about the development of a condominium project in Highland Park ("Condo Project Appears to Be Resolved," Street Talk, April 12) we erred in omitting comments from Linwood Norman, the mayor's spokesman. Contrary to the assertions by a consultant to the Highland Park Community Development Corp., Norman says, Mayor L. Douglas Wilder remains opposed to the project. "From the city administration's stance, nothing has changed on that subject," Norman says.
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