In an article on Nov. 19, “ Gingrich defends Freddie Mac Work” — Gingrich states that he spent an hour a month earning a $1.8 million “consulting fee” at the quasi-public Freddie Mac. He cavalierly says “ I think that less than once a month they would drop by. We’d spend an hour. It would always start with me listening…”

Shouldn’t he have considered that he might not be earning the fee and that it was wrong to take a vast amount of money for an hour’s work? In fact, I would go so far as to say that he defrauded his client Freddie Mac. In fact I would go so far as to say he should be held accountable to the public for squandering tax dollars.

If the Republican party can’t do better than Gingrich, Perry, Cain or any of the other yahoos representing the right, then I’m changing parties. In fact be it Democrat, Republican, independent, Green or Mad Hatter party, I’m going to back a candidate who is honest. Please don’t suggest Sarah Palin, she’s another opportunist taking Americans for their money — just like Gingrich.

The Republican party is looking more and more like the obstructionist party of the rich. And why are the rich exempt from tax hikes? Please show me the correlation between the rich being exempt from tax hikes and job creation. Give the tax breaks to the people who are spending money, ergo creating jobs — the middle class! Why give the rich more money to invest to give more to Wall Street who pay billions in bonuses to CEOs who fail to make their own banks profitable thus requiring a bailout? And from whom? The middle class!

Daryl Mashke

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