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Vail Daily letter: Time for a new party

Our government gets the lion’s share of its revenue from taxing the endeavors of the productive members of society; and without a strong economy and near full employment, there is simply not enough money to go around to run the government, build what is needed, help those truly in need, while we watch deficits and the national debt continuing to mount.

What troubles me most is that the current administration, and those who it appears to be listening to, seem to be clueless about the nature of business and the concurrent impact this lack of understanding is having on the economy.

Unfortunately, at a time of great economic crisis (things have not been this bad since the 1930s), we are saddled with a president who came to office having absolutely no experience managing anything at all, no exposure to the very complicated field of foreign policy; and endowed with a stone deaf ear to the cries of business men and women from around the country.

Just as water will always seek its own level, business will always try to build the best products (or at least the most wanted) for the least amount of money. Saddling businesses large and small with Obamacare at this juncture in time could prove to be the very large straw that broke the camel’s back, forcing us back into recession. Or worse.

Labor unions have made certain that not only does our primary and secondary public education system rank at or near the bottom in every category compared to the rest of the industrialized world, unions that require employers to compensate janitors at $40 per hour (salary plus benefits) have only themselves to blame when jobs are lost because the businesses being cleaned shuts down and whatever they were making is now made overseas.

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Politicians of all stripes are a slippery lot and must be watched carefully. To keep them honest, there is a real need for a strong, two-party system in this country; however I feel that by having bowed to the tea party nutcakes, it is likely that the Republican party has shot itself in the head, is now in a coma and may very well not survive. State and federal elections in 2014 and 2016 will tell the tale.

Should this prove to be so, it is my hope that a new party will emerge with strong leadership and a stable platform of ideas that are required to get the nation back on the right track. A party that will appeal to the more than two-thirds of the voters in the country who consider themselves centrists, and have no use at all for the ideas and politics of either the far right or the far left. Let’s call it the Centrist Party.

Peter Bergh

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