How did conservatism come to mean dismantling regulations protecting workers, compromising regulations of banking and finance that prohibited casino risk-taking with other people’s money, reversing regulations suggesting that corporations should be responsible for their hazardous wastes and pollution? Corporations seem to oppose any regulations affecting profits.
Henry Ford knew that workers need income to buy the products they make. Franklin Roosevelt knew that federal investment in infrastructure created jobs and built things needed, which paid dividends long after the debts incurred had been retired. When the middle class is employed, their spending lifts the whole economy.
The billions languishing at the top produce few jobs. Oklahoma City’s miracle resulted from investment in infrastructure. This is no time to cut taxes but rather to invest in building our society.
—Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City