'Economic patriotism' dangerous

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 9:01 p.m.

I think the Trib underestimated the full meaning and danger of President Obama's “economic patriotism” idea in the editorial “The debate: A Romney knockout” (Oct. 4 and TribLIVE.com).

That notion is of the same sort that Soviet and Nazi totalitarians used. Claiming that people who are more oppressed by government takings are somehow more patriotic is as perverse as claiming that raising tax rates to reduce the deficit caused by $1 trillion-plus in new annual spending and new regulations will have no negative effect on the people's wealth or on economic growth — or that Obama's violation of the Contract Clause of the Constitution in his first months also had no negative impact on the economy.

It demonstrates that it has never occurred to Obama that government is a necessary evil or that liberty retreats as government advances. His collectivist dogma doesn't recognize that as government grows, the people's share of their own wealth logically must decrease. Someone that foreign in his thinking has no business being in a position of power in the United States, especially having the power to choose federal judges.

James Galley

Mt. Lebanon

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