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Vote for growth

| Monday, May 28, 2012, 12:30 a.m.

I read The Associated Press news story "G-8 embraces growth, jobs at Camp David summit" (May 20 and TribLIVE.com) about the G-8 leaders' agreement to focus on economic growth policies. It is obvious that none of those leaders have a clue about how to do that. When they talk about "job growth" and "investments in R&D," they are talking about more wealth-destroying government spending and counterproductive regulatory growth.

Their idea of job growth is analogous to hiring wrecking crews to knock down perfectly good buildings, roads and bridges. And adding more federal bureaucratic employees is analogous to hiring people to build fences, dig moats and put up barbed wire to keep productive business people from getting in there and creating truly productive jobs.

But sadly, in one sense, it's not really their fault. It is our fault, because we keep electing them. We need to stop voting for the career academics, the college professors and the lifelong politicians. It is time for us to vote for the productive, commonsense business people, who really know how to solve problems and get things done.

This is our responsibility, and we need to do our job in November.

Richard J. Krauland

O'Hara

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