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Public vs. private

| Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, 8:43 p.m.

Public vs. private

I admire and share Robert Jedrzejewski's concern for fairness to the middle class in his letter, “Tax the Rich,” (Dec. 13). And I believe most Americans agree in their hope that President Obama can “establish fairness in taxation ... a level playing field ... and a government that's honest and efficient.”

The letter writer misrepresented my Dec. 3 letter “Less spending, more jobs,” stating that I felt taxes, government and regulations are bad and everything private is good.

What I did say was that further tax increases will slow an already weak economy, that excessive government control of our lives will reduce our personal choices and freedoms and that unnecessary regulations will preclude business from producing more jobs.

Certainly, the economic excesses of the private sector should be controlled by meaningful government regulations — that's a vital role of government But it is not government's role to replace the functions of the private sector in our very successful free-enterprise economy.

The only real question is what are the best economic actions President Obama should take for the long term of our country.

Ron Raymond

Buffalo Township

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