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History lessons ignored

I was born when Republican Herbert Hoover was president. His Great Depression was a horrible time. We didn’t have electricity, running water or enough food in our Dishman Hills house. But we were luckier than most because we had a roof over our heads.

Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt saved our bacon by regulating banks and creating jobs. The voters of the 1930s and 1940s knew who saved the middle class, and they voted Democrat.

Republican President George W. Bush deregulated banks, allowing for risky loans that dumped us into another depression. Democratic President Barack Obama is still working to put us in sound financial footing.

Unfortunately, memories are short and history is ignored. We don’t learn from our mistakes, much like Vietnam. So, they return to haunt us.

Now, too many Democrats don’t even bother to vote. Politicians who champion the middle class aren’t elected as a result. Also, many Democratic voters are suckered into being single-issue voters.

So, when things go wrong, don’t complain. You blew it when you didn’t bother to vote. Unfortunately, the rest of us go down with you.

Sally Jackson

Spokane Valley


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