Government must support its people on the homefront

To the Editor:

On a cold winter day, January 1992, I sent a letter to the editor of the Connecticut Post. Twenty-one years have passed, but the letter is as true today as when it was written.

It told how we are in a recession and rapidly entering a depression, and continued, we haven’t heard much lately from the people who say this is just another glitch in the economy. But some “experts” are beginning to take this economic free fall seriously.

Alan Greenspan could lower interest rates and people would rush to the banks to borrow for new homes, new cars, vacations, but lowering interest rates went as low as it could go and stopped working its magic.

President Bush maintained a calm, confident demeanor of someone who doesn’t know what’s going on — not a clue on how to pull our country out of the recession, still taking bows for winning the cold war and making plans to run again for president, while continuing the give-away of billions of taxpayer dollars in foreign aid.

We remain undisputed leaders in the losing business of waging long, costly wars. Our defense department is fully staffed, allotting billions of dollars to train, ship and order millions of healthy young American men to the farthest reaches of the globe to make unbelievable sacrifices and give their lives, while here at home we are losing an economic, peacetime war as dangerous and fatal as any we have ever fought.

Are we able to wage an all out war on lethargy, inefficiency and greed? Will we be able to protect ourselves from a national bottomless depression?

We cannot continue on this path of trillion dollar deficit anymore than a family can continue on a path of debt. Our people must have profitable, steady jobs. Jobs that profit to our families and nation.

In World War II, we tooled up in a few months for a massive war effort. Now we must retool our factories in a massive peacetime effort. Our government must support our people with billions of dollars to build microwave ovens, television, computers, cameras, tractors, automobiles. Our government must protect us by controlling Chinese and Japanese imports. Our states must work together to restore our national heritage.

The integrity and security of middle class Americans must be supported. We must rebuild our pride in the ‘Made in U.S.” label.

Just as true as when it was written 21 years ago.


Dick De Witt


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