Upheaval and how to solve it

By Jan Dolcater | Sep 14, 2017

Ever since the election results were finalized last year, we have been confronted with one protest after another of varying sorts.

The majority of these protests have been against President Trump from numerous left-of-center groups. However, the most recent ones at Charlottesville and Berkeley provide disheartening results in regards to the vicious behavior exhibited by the participants.

The media has portrayed the KKK and Neo-Nazi groups as the primary culprits although Antifa is definitely in the mix. One would have to believe that the KKK was a huge national organization and so are the Neo-Nazis.

I decided to explore this, and found from Wikipedia that although the KKK in the early 1920s was about 4 million, by the 1990s participation had shrunk to 10,000 to 12,000, and today is estimated be only 3,000. This is hardly a huge intimidating number for a country of 300 million.

Likewise, the information from Wikipedia estimated the number of Neo-Nazis at about 400 scattered through 32 states.

The existence of either group is disgusting but neither is the huge menace the media portrayed them to be.

I have not been able to gather any info from any source that could quantify the number of members of Antifa, but it seems as if their number is much larger than either of the other two combined. It is particularly disturbing to me that these black-hooded and black-dressed people can attack or burn what they do not support. I have had it with all the protests, and believe a large portion of the public has as well.

Instead of this continued protesting and rioting, both political parties in Congress should begin to coalesce around topics that can provide increased productivity and prosperity for all persons. A coordinated effort to stimulate the economy, which floundered during the Obama years, is long overdue. Under Obama, student loan debt and the use of food stamps nearly tripled, and the national debt and our money printing came close to doubling. These negative factors produced economic growth of only 1.6 percent or less during those eight dismal years. As a result, significant declines in median family income, home ownership, and a serious decline in the labor participation rate occurred. These numbers are from charts from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

There is much to be done with the primary target the revision of the tax code to provide tax cuts for all, but particularly the middle class. It is also imperative that the corporate tax rate be reduced to make our economy competitive with other nations. Our corporate rate today is the highest in the world. If a reasonable rate for corporations is established there will be growth and expansion across the board and the results will produce a better income stream for working people.

It is past time to quit the squabbling and name-calling and earnestly start to help people here in Maine and across our nation. As unlikely as what I propose is actually to happen, if it did come to pass, much of the existing turmoil would fade.

Another View is a column space shared by a group of concerned conservative citizens/writers, who meet regularly in the Midcoast to discuss important issues. The column has been honored with Maine Press Association awards.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 23, 2017 06:51

Well, Jan, you finally woke up.  A little slow on the up take, aren't you.  As for Obama's economy you can't really say that it was "dismal" considering the comeback he managed after the mess he left by a Republican administration.   That's usually the case, isn't it.  Some Republican trashes the economy and some Democrat has to fix it.  It's the one case where history is constantly repeating itself.  And how's your own life going there?


Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Sep 22, 2017 15:52

Ron and Kendall

Kendal, first I did also see where the Southern Poverty Law estimated 6000 members of KKK but this group does not have the greatest reputation for reliability.

Ron, you cannot seem to accept facts in lieu of fiction.  You stated that the Antifa, hoods and black garb were not trouble. Nowhere on any website was any info about the estimated number of these thugs.

In regards to the Obama data the Federal Reserve Bank info is far more reliable than the left wing Bloomberg website. Obama's 8 dismal years of 1.6 growth is an all time low and is certainly not anything anyone should boast about Get a life and get real, if you can

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 18, 2017 17:44

Wikipedia is hardly a reliable, primary source of any credible information. (That's one reason reputable colleges and universities do not accept Wikipedia as a bibliography source.) The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked hate groups for decades and are a reliable source of information.

We all have our biases but let's hope we all remember the 1st Amendment of our Constitution wherein we have freedom of speech (whether or not we like the speaker, or his/her speech), and the right to peaceably assemble, among other rights therein. I think all protestors could take a page from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  1960's civil rights movement, with its emphasis on peaceable assemblies.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 17, 2017 14:50

No, Dale.  Jan's piece was a thinly disguised right wing hack job hiding behind the pretense of non-partisanship.  The method is the same no matter which of your interchangeable partners does the writing.  You start out with poorly hidden jabs at "the left" while ignoring the obvious crimes of the right, state a few straight out lies about Obama's record, and then switch to a pious pose of "Oh, why can't we all just get along?" complete with fake tears and downcast eyes.  Is it any wonder I can't tell you apart?  I doubt if anyone else can either.

Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Sep 17, 2017 07:01

Ron, never once have I disparaged you as a person.  Yet, you call names and throw "stones".  This is the very essence that Jan was writing about.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 16, 2017 11:04

You're right, Dale.  I guess it's getting impossible to tell one conservative clone from another.  Well, one man's "white noise" is the same as another's, especially from the right.

Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Sep 16, 2017 08:02

Ron your arguments are certainly suspect since you did not even read the article carefully enough to note that I did not write it.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 15, 2017 09:12

Well, more political and economic nonsense from the conservative cabal.  It's hardly worth my effort but there are a few things here that truly need correcting.

"it seems as if their number (ANTIFA) is much larger than either of the other two combined."

Really, Dale?  Since you couldn't "gather any info from any source" aren't you indulging in a little partisan "fake news" of your own there?  And are a few black hooded trouble makers as dangerous as the armed and body-armored right-wing militias parading around in intimidating fashion with their assault rifles over their shoulders or threatening "Civil war" on the media to defend Trump?  And how many ANTIFA members have plowed their cars into peaceful protesters at this point?  

As for "the economy, which floundered during the Obama years," have you noticed all the Help Wanted signs in stores and businesses?  Have you notice the new construction going on all over Camden and the midcoast?  Or do you only pull your shades and listen to Fox News.  How about we ask a source with a bit more economic expertise; Bloomberg:

"...  the economy strengthened the most between 1993 and 2000, when President Bill Clinton was in office, followed by the Obama years, 2009-2016. So whatever you think of Obama’s policy choices, the U.S. economy did better while he was in the White House than it did under all but one of his five most recent predecessors."

And since you're pushing the usual conservative drivel about corporate taxes how about some economic reality:

"Total U.S. wealth increased by a stunning 60 percent since 2009, from $54 trillion to $86 trillion, but 3/4 of that massive increase went to the richest 10% of Americans. According to the New York Times, the wealthiest Americans have formed an “income defense industry” to shelter their riches, with, “a high-priced phalanx of lawyers, estate planners, lobbyists and anti-tax activists who exploit and defend a dizzying array of tax maneuvers, virtually none of them available to taxpayers of more modest means.” From 2003 to 2012 the average income tax rate paid by the richest 1% went down, while for the 99% it went up."

" Subsidies to the Rich are SIX Times Greater Than Subsidies to the Poor.  The cost of the entire Safety Net is only about ONE-SIXTH of the $2.2 trillion in tax expenditures, tax underpayments, tax havens, and corporate nonpayment, the great majority of which went to the richest Americans.

I guess that explains why a corporate giant like Bill Gates would make this statement:

"The highest economic growth decade was the 1960s. Income tax rates were 90 percent…I mean, the idea that there’s some direct connection that all these innovators are on strike because tax rates are at 35 percent on corporations, that’s just such nonsense.'"

So, in a sense you're right, Dale.  Tax reform is essential but not to give corporations and the rich even more breaks, but to make them pay their fair share.

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