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In introducing two Senate candidates (“Senate hopefuls,” June 17)  New Times quoted Sam Blakeslee as saying, “We’re one of the least competitive states for business in the nation. Our taxes are actually driving companies away.” If memory serves, the entire world (with the exception of China) is mired in an economic depression that is based not necessarily on high taxes but collusion between our government (consider the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act) and Wall Street freebooters. No one wants a high tax rate, least of all business, but when the U.S. devotes 41.5 percent (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Yearbook 2009, Appendix 5A) of the world’s total on military spending, what candidate Blakeslee is really saying is, “with a broken economy our ability to transfer tax receipts to the defense racket is threatened. Since we’re not willing to raise taxes, in the name of so-called austerity, your education, old-age pensions, bridge repair, public safety, and health care will need to be put on hold.” 

 I like to think we still live in a republic and not Sparta. So, candidate Blakeslee: If you hope to make it to the Senate in August, please—keep it real.

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