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LETTER: A South Dakota Democrat's views

To the Editor: I am a Democrat. Many have called me many things, like libtard and such, most meant to hurt me. How do they know my belief system because I am a Democrat? I cannot speak for every Democrat, but I probably speak for many. So here is...

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To the Editor:

I am a Democrat. Many have called me many things, like libtard and such, most meant to hurt me. How do they know my belief system because I am a Democrat? I cannot speak for every Democrat, but I probably speak for many. So here is how one liberal in South Dakota (myself) feels about a few issues.

Guns: If I thought Democrats would take away my guns I would not be one.

Abortion: I am against abortion.

Balanced budget: If you are serious about balancing the budget, tell us what gives?

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Less military? Increased taxes? No subsidies for farmers? Bad roads? Starving and freezing children?

Regulations: This one makes me a liberal and I am proud of it. Regulations to protect clean air, water, and safety of workers. In the middle 1970s things were bad, and were cleaned up by EPA regulations. Small businesses should be held to a lower standard.

Taxes: The wealth gap, a few people controlling our nation's wealth, is snowballing. When the gap between rich and everyone else gets too big it invites revolution. That is how communism took hold in most places. The wealth gap needs to be broken by taxing the wealthy out of it. A 90 percent top end tax on the rich imposed by the Eisenhower administration did not destroy the economy.

Welfare: As Dusty Johnson said, it should be a bridge to employment only.

Minimum wage: I am for a higher minimum wage. When the working poor are better off on welfare, more will go on welfare.

Government subsidizing renewable energy: I am for it. The ignorant buy the big oil propaganda against wind, etc.

Education: Federal government should stay out of it. The exception is impact aid, our reservation schools deserve the ability to hire teachers that compete in pay with the national average because of treaty obligations.

Healthcare: Political remedy is hard. Abuse from special interests and patients hinder success seen in many countries. Obama made a noble effort at ACA.

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Roger Wonnenberg

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