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March 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Charles Krauthammer column on AIG bonuses

Trotting out tired ideas won’t help

Reading Charles Krauthammer’s column generally sets my teeth on edge. His column in Sunday’s paper [“AIG brouhaha diverts us from the bigger picture,” Opinion, March 22] was no exception.

He is outraged at Congress for going after bonuses at AIG, with the argument that a contract is a sacred document, but apparently that doesn’t apply when it is a labor union’s contract being broken. The autoworkers have modified and modified their contracts. I don’t recall any outrage coming from him over that.

Health-care reform is an absolute necessity for helping our economy, but Krauthammer thinks that is a waste of the president’s time. Hasn’t he talked to his friends in big business lately? They agree that to compete in the global economy the Republicans created, there must be a change in the way health care is funded.

He concludes the column by ranting about American protectionism. Ah yes, free trade with no restrictions has been such a success we should continue that policy. I wonder if there isn’t someone in another country who could write his column and appear on Fox, in his place, for less money?

We know that the Republicans are out of terrible ideas to inflict on the rest of us, having tanked the entire world’s economy. Why does Krauthammer think that trotting out the same terrible ideas will cause us all to look to the Republicans for leadership now, or ever again?

— Diane Bowers, Shoreline

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