Letters to the Editor

December 17, 2012

No sparrows

Joy Reid was spot-on in her Dec. 13 article, The politics of work, when she wrote of the right: “To their minds, people should be grateful to the ‘job creators’ for any work at all.” The so-called “trickle down” economics advocated by those who have identified tax cuts for the rich as the best path to middle-class prosperity has been widely debunked, but that hasn’t seemed to deter the right nor adequately convince a large, ill-informed chunk of the electorate.

No sparrows

Joy Reid was spot-on in her Dec. 13 article, The politics of work, when she wrote of the right: “To their minds, people should be grateful to the ‘job creators’ for any work at all.” The so-called “trickle down” economics advocated by those who have identified tax cuts for the rich as the best path to middle-class prosperity has been widely debunked, but that hasn’t seemed to deter the right nor adequately convince a large, ill-informed chunk of the electorate.

Perhaps the argument against trickle down would be better made by citing its close metaphorical cousin, the Horse and Sparrow theory, described thusly by the great economist, John Kenneth Galbraith: “If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.” That’s fine if you’re a sparrow, but doesn’t the middle-class deserve better?

Michael Horen, Pembroke Pines

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