Letters to editor

America’s new normal not so good

By From page A8 | November 18, 2012

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.

Dave Renaud


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  • The SugarJarNovember 18, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Conflating the Constitution and the Bible a clue to your vision, as is the apparent desire to minimize or erase an alternate experience of this world.

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  • RichNovember 18, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Traditional America didn't just die--it was murdered by the people you just re-elected and the rotten devoid of Constitution and Bible ideas you Californians promote and believe in. What you did to Detroit and Oakland you want to do to the entire nation.

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