Miller's right to fight political orthodoxy

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

In 1847 Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician discovered that surgeons' washing their hands before operating on a patient greatly reduced the chance of infection, thereby increasing the survival rate. This position was considered extreme by the medical establishment at the time, and he was ridiculed, persecuted, and eventually dismissed in spite of his proven results.

It is this same entrenched ideological mindset that Joe Miller faces today. His positions are being characterized as extreme by a few misguided individuals. There are many warning signs that our economy is severely burdened if we continue business as usual: Bailing out banks that won't lend, borrowing money far beyond our ability to repay, forcing Obamacare down our throats without even reading the bill, looming cap and trade legislation that would deliver a death blow to our struggling economy, all crowned by a manipulation of data to minimize the economic problems we are facing. It's obvious most of the politicians currently in power just don't get it. The tea party movement is rapidly gaining traction, because there are lots of people who do get it and are willing to do something about it.

A principal tenant of the tea party is to reduce government spending to a level that is balanced by real revenues. Real revenues are taxes, licensing fees and any of the other myriad ways that the government transfers earned wealth from the citizen to the government. Real revenue does not mean borrowing to fund expenditures, and ultimately printing money, which leads to the cruelest tax of all, inflation. If we continue down this path of unsustainable borrowing and spending, our economy will eventually resemble that of Weimar Germany in the 1920s or more recently, Zimbabwe.

Just like Semmelweiz, Miller is standing up to the established political orthodoxy that in time will be proven wrong. Is this so extreme? What truly is extreme is to ignore all of the impending warning signs and continue the "bringing home the pork, business as usual" mentality that in time will cause our eventual financial demise.

Corbett Upton

Fairbanks



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