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Talk radio: Stop spreading misinformation 

I heard FOX News radio talker John Gibson say that liberals don’t care about saving jobs; that’s why all the jobs have left the country. Not a direct quote, but that was his sentiment. I took offense to that comment and have been thinking about it for a while. It seems to me he said it to foment hostility on the right. I would hope, now that the right has total control of our government, they would dial down the rhetoric and stop goading their listeners into believing lies about the left. His supposition about the left wanting to keep America unemployed so they are dependent on government and liberals for their sustenance is totally without factual evidence. Wanting a safety net is not the same as keeping people dependent. It is obvious Mr. Gibson has never lived in poverty for an extended period of time. Most conservatives think, “you should pull yourself up by your own bootstraps,” but those on food stamps are working hard trying to make ends meet, thank you very much Mr. Gibson. We all have a story to tell. Some on food stamps are deadbeats, who don’t want to work and don’t mind a subsistence living, but that is not the norm.

If the right wanted to heal this country, as Mr. Trump has made his goal, they should stop saying inflammatory statements keeping their base riled up, believing that deadbeat liberals are ruining the country. Continuing to perpetuate the lie about climate change being a hoax is not helping either. The Trumpster will make non-believers change their mind on that one, leaving them holding a very hot empty bag, (like he did to his “birther” followers). 

-- David Deick - Atascadero

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