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Letter: Supporting free enterprise

I'd like to take this opportunity to respond to Warren Crackel's letter to the editor that appeared in the Jan. 27 edition of the Tribune.

His lead-in suggests the Republicans are playing a "dangerous game" by threatening to thwart President Obama and his Mafia-inspired cohorts from getting our country back on track. My definition of a "dangerous game" is President Obama's administration.

Crackel also referred to the recent Supreme Court's decision that reversed the law that prevented corporations from supporting political candidates.

Crackel doesn't seem to understand his American history. Free enterprise is the very cornerstone that made our country great! Furthermore, if incorporating is such a crime, why do most legitimate companies incorporate? The answer to that question is because it's a smart business practice.

Furthermore, who does Crackel think is responsible for creating jobs? Corporations create jobs, thereby creating taxpayers, who unfortunately end up supporting many of those whose thoughts reflect those of Mr. Crackel.

America has a Constitution that protects free speech. That provision allows people like Mr. Crackel to say anything they want, as long as it falls within the guidelines of free speech.

As for the subject of wasted votes, anyone who voted to deny a corporation the right to express itself wasted a vote. It has been determined that they are purposefully singling out corporations to deny them a voice in government, which goes against the free speech clause of our Constitution.

I'm elated that the Supreme Court overturned this outrageously unfair law. In my opinion, it was one of the reasons the Democrats have been able to win elections. In the future, I hope they have to fight a lot harder than they have in the past to win elections, now that fairness has been restored to the political process. Unions won't be the only driving force.

The overturning of that law should go a long way towards leveling the playing field. Had this happened a couple of years ago, I doubt very much if Al Franken would be our new state senator.

Norman Baker