I’m responding to Kelvin Wade’s Nov. 8 column, “There’s a new normal in America.”
Mr. Wade said that President Obama’s re-election “cements the fact that change has come to America. There’s a new normal across the land.”
A large part of Mr. Wade’s column addressed the racial factors of the presidential race and the “failure of Republicans to espouse a message that appeals to minorities.” I’m not a big fan of breaking down the citizens into groups or classes. In America, we believe what the Declaration tells us, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” We are all created in God’s image.
Mr. Wade also said, “But what I think generates so much fear and loathing of the president is the fact that he embodies the new America and scares the heck out of a lot of white Americans.” I don’t know about fear and loathing, but I know there’s a lot of disappointment. The fact that he was re-elected despite his poor handling of the economy is what I would call the new normal.
The new normal is big government and a struggling economy. It’s a $16 trillion debt and four years of deficit spending exceeding $1 trillion per year. It’s a U.S. Senate that has not passed a budget in more than three years.
California has one-eighth of the nation’s population, but distributes one-third of the nation’s entitlements. The voters recently approved Proposition 30, raising taxes on themselves, lending a helping hand to Sacramento. Local governments are in trouble, too. The state withdrew redevelopment funds from Fairfield. This resulted in Measure P and higher taxes.
The new normal: Unemployment of 8 percent nationally and 12 percent in California; and anemic GDP growth rates in the 1 percent to 2 percent range. When government grows, it does so at the expense of the private economy. I really hope the economy improves, but I don’t think the president’s economic model of taxing, spending and regulating is going to get us there.