Reader enamored with warm, fuzzy titles

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Letter-writer Scott Bolli (Press Tribune, May 21; “Out to strangle middle class,”) is enamored with warm and fuzzy tittles; Pay for Performance, Helping Families Save their Homes, the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, Children’s Health Insurance and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bolli claims these bills “support the middle class.” Congressman Tom McClintock opposed these bills based on the havoc they would do to hard-working people trying to make ends meet in a tough economy. The legislation Mr. Bolli mentions (but does not even try and explain) replace employer health plans with costly bureaucratic programs, harm our economy by encouraging endless lawsuits and prolong the real estate correction by propping up bad loans, undermining responsible homeowners and subsidizing bonuses for the big bankers and finance gurus who created the mortgage catastrophe. As for the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, where are the jobs-middle class or otherwise that were promised? More than a million jobs have been lost since President Obama signed the so-called “stimulus” bill into law. A million dollars in stimulus money has gone for an empty airport in Pennsylvania, a skateboard park in Rhode Island and bike racks in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bolli ignores the fact that the American middle class was created by people choosing their own livelihoods and prospering by their hard work, not by a government shouting “fairness” every time they turned around. Mr. Bolli should read the bills, not just the tittles, and then ask his neighbors precisely how the legislation is helping them. Freedom works. It’s time that we put it back to work. Bill George, Press Secretary Representative Tom McClintock