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Third-party candidates are much more appealing

If Democrats in the last few decades had not aped the methods of Republicans – lying and accepting bribes, the way that cowards emulate bullies – I would still be a Democrat. And once in a great while I’d have been proud to say that I’d voted for a winner, even though the few recent Democratic victories have been more often the result of Republican arrogance.
No, I am no longer a Democrat. No doubt to the delight of Republicans, I will be voting for the Green Party come November, not because I think it can win, but because voting for the lesser of two evils no longer satisfies me. I encourage other voters to check out the Green Party (and other non-standard parties) and to vote for someone who shares their values, not just someone who tells them the lies that are most comfortable for them to hear.
For those of you who cannot bring yourselves to vote for someone rather than merely against someone, consider this: If lower business taxes, fewer regulations and low minimum wages were a direct cause of job creation, why are there not more jobs out there today, now that corporate taxes and regulations protecting us from rapacious business practices are at nearly their lowest levels in 60 years, and the minimum wage is 20 percent lower (adjusted for inflation) than it was in 1967?
How few business regulations do there have to be, and how low do corporate taxes have to be, before businesses use the cash they’re sitting on to expand their businesses and create jobs? The answer to that question is another question: Why should a corporation hire an unemployed worker when it can get more bang for its buck by contributing money to a political campaign, thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision? Should we really believe that creating jobs for the rest of us is anywhere near the top of the list of business priorities?
John W. Nelson
Kenmore