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Posted: February 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2010 3:38 p.m.
 
When Tom Crosswhite ("Progressive stealth," The Signal, Feb. 2) wrote "Progressives think their internal agenda to destroy the middle class and create dependency will be hidden by their external message of hope and change," he had it totally backward.

There would not be a middle class were it not for progressive and liberal policies and programs.

Education, health and financial stability are some of the many requirements for the establishment and growth of a vibrant middle class.

When children can go to school instead of being forced to go to work and public education is a right for all - thank a progressive.

When access to higher education is nearly universally available - that is a progressive policy.

If the air is safe to breathe, food is not poisoned and water is safe to drink - thank a liberal.

When senior citizens have a financial safety net - Social Security - so that they are not bankrupting the family - that is a liberal program.
The same holds true for Medicare.

If you enjoy a 40-hour work week and the right to join together to secure your benefits - thank a progressive.

If everyone has the right to vote, people of all races can enjoy public facilities and we have begun to rise above a segregated society - again, progressive policies.

If wildernesses are protected and the countryside is still green - more liberal programs.

Liberal and progressive programs like these and many others are the result of long, bitter struggles against powerful moneyed interests.

Conservatives and conservatism fought against every one of them. They still fight against them today.

The real danger to the middle class is these reactionaries and their "I got mine - too bad about you" attitude.

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