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Thursday, August 23, 2012 Free Press Page 5 GUEST COMMENTARY By MARC DION Columnist If you're down at the pre- paid cell- phone end of the economy, it's hard to figure out if Joe Biden was stupid to say the Republicans Marc Dion want to put us in chains or if he was stupid because it took him this long to notice the Chains. Or is he so tremendously stupid that he hasn't been able to see the chains until now? A little link around the neck. A little shiny chain around the wrist. Just tittle links. Shiny. Like that jewelry the Goth kids wear, but duller and just a little too tight. A factory moves to China, and some flannel shirt guy in Missouri gets a little chain, linking him to, say, 20 years of his new job, the no health care job with the $270-a week- paycheck. He'll pass that chain down to his daughter. No jobs where she lives, so the girl gets not just a nasal piercing while she's in high school, but a waitress chain when she gets out. Maybe a third of the minimum wage and tips buy her chain. No chains on the young warriors. Head up, eyes right, glance bright with patriotism, who may never have to wear a chain on the left leg because they're going to leave that leg in Afghanistan. And the old people slip their chains in nursing home, han- dled, in their last hours, by sur- prisingly gentle young nurses' aides making just $1.65 more than the minimum wage. And the heroin addicts are chained to it when their veins are empty, but they fly free when the hypodermic needle goes home and the blood takes its poison kiss. And they chain the young guys up for the arraignment. And great-grandpa came from Italy, where the landlords chained you to the farms, bust- ing free and running into the hot steel mill, forging chain in fires as hot as hell. And he never learned to speak English too well because the bosses didn't care, but his great-grandkids did - and they curse their chains in hip- hop English A lot of us don't work hard and dirty anymore, because the illegals do those jobs. But those of us who have a vote and English as a birthright aren't making what we made five years ago, and the chains are getting stronger. And you're chained to the 14- hour shifts in the oil patch when there's a boom and the money goes fast on the meth you use to keep working and the boss pre- tends you're not using until the sad day he can't, and some other fellow takes up the chain. You lose the job, you keep the chain. But there's hope. Give the rich folks a little more money, and they'll buy you out of your chains. They will, really. They'll create for you a steady job with good pay and benefits and a retirement that lets you finally do all the crossword puzzles you want. Unchain the rich folks! We've held them down too long. Give 'era one more.chance with the dice. They'll win this time. Unless they don't, though they say they meant to this last time before the game went bad and they had to choose between being poor themselves or hav- ing you be poor. Guess which one they picked? Rattle. Rattle. Can you hear the chains? To find out more about Marc Munroe Dion and other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com. Democrats have been playing a reactionary role so far in the 2012 campaign By WILLIAM MURCHISON Columnist What goes around seems to come around, such as an accusation Democrats are perenni- ally, thrilled to hurl at Republicans - those fo- William g]es and Ne- Murchison anderthals, those reactionaries, those cave dwellers. What must we do W~th these change-hatingrfos~ sils? is the recurring Demo- cratic 'plaint. Drag 'em into modern times, kicking and screaming? Oh, boy, does it ever come around! The shrieks and pro- tests that fill American air space at the moment, the splutterings about change and whatever was good for Grandpa being good enough for me - where do you hear it, on the right? Not for a minute. You hear it all on the left of the political spectrum - the reactionary, status-quo-lov- ing left. Hands off everything! - is the theme of the Barack Obama campaign and its intellectual enablers, whether based at the White House, Capitol Hill or in the press gallery. The Demo- crats like things as they are. Don't want none of them fancy boys from the Republican side meddling with Medicare, with Social Security, with the budget and/or with foreign policy. If it ain't broke, etc., etc. The Republican emergence in 2012 as the party of re- form and change - arrayed against Democratic stale bread and stagnation -- has some precedent. In 1980, a year of economic wheel spinning, pre- sided over by Jimmy Carter, a Democrat - Ronald Reagan stereotypes. The Democratic defenders of 8-percent-plus unemployment and acceler- ated decay in social programs seem to think they have a win- ning issue in"Stop! Take your filthy hands off!" By contrast, the Romney-Ryan ticket wants change. What kind of change? That would be obvious, wouldn't it? They would change Washing- ton, D.C.'s bias in favor of gov- ernment as the driver of growth and opportunity and the doer of all good deeds. They would pay overdue attention tothe currently neglected virtues of the free market. Many matters on this front need attention. I mention just two: The tax system is out of whack. A near majority of Americans pay no net federal taxes, if indeed they pay any at all. America's corporate tax rate is the world's highest: a job-creation killer. The tax code is a crazy quilt of exemp- tions and loopholes, less noted for producing necessary rev- enue than for encouraging the wide employment of strategies whose purpose is the mimmi- zation of taxes. The Alternative Minimum Tax, AMT, designed to nick the rich, already hits the merely prosperous. Never mind. Any good Democratic campaign spokes- man will assure you all the Republicans mean by reform is cutting taxes for "millionaires and billionaires." No way. No way, either, in Demo- cratic terms, for overhaul of "Medicare as we know it." It's a nice stick-in-the-mud turn Of phrase, don't you think? Just because there soon won't be enough money to finance "Medicare as we know it" doesn't mean reformers are, in essence, any more than troublemakers and Bolsheviks. emerged as the candidate ofThe Democrats know good and change and innovation, well Ryan wants to voucherize Mitt Romney's choice of Medicare, which he doesn't reformer Paul Ryan for his run- - but so what; it sounds aw- ning mate once again reverses ful - and jack up medical bills How may / I we serve you? CHENEY W.e are available 24/7 for: 1~,~d~'~'~[1~ I Meal prep, light housekeeping ~.Ixvl~. 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