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Sour grapes 


History has been a topic often mentioned with a professor of history on the Republican ticket. I recently re-read The Grapes of Wrath, and the parallels to today are striking. The poor in America are in better shape than they were in 1938, the American poor are better off than the rest of the world, but the gap between rich and poor is more pronounced with the opulence and excess at the top being flaunted to those who have less. Economic inequality is what Steinbeck railed against in his book, and the conditions are once again the same: mega-rich offering crumbs to the poor; too many workers looking for crappy little jobs just to stay alive.

It is amazing how history repeats itself, how blinded by greed and fear our leaders are. Let us hope Dan’s observation, in last week’s letters, is avoided and a “Newtly” appointed leader is not our fate (“On Newt Gingrich and history,” Dec. 15). The drumbeat of blame, already being chanted by those looking for scapegoats for our problems, is not the solution.

Our leaders have whispered the problem. We need to shout about it: NO MORE WALL STREET MONEY IN OUR DEMOCRACY.

-- David Deick - Atascadero

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