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Who was John Kennedy and what did he stand for?

Kennedy said 1962 at the New York Economic Club: "It's a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. ... Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus."

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John F. Kennedy inspired and influenced my generation more than any other president before or since. His voice was one that always said what we Americans can and will do and never or any utterance of what we can't do or won't accomplish. He never wasted time blaming or pointing a finger.

"Man will be what he was born to be ... free and independent. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem is beyond human beings."

This is what Kennedy stood for and what he believed in. He believed in American exceptionalism. He was bold and confident enough in America's ability of safely putting a man on the surface of the moon and safely returning him to earth and accomplishing this before the end of that decade,

Even as a young boy back then, I knew what he stood for. It was clear as a bell. Does any of this sound familiar with any Democrat today? How many Democrats still believe in the power of our free market system and an incentive-based economy?

Who in Washington, Democrat or Republican, would be bold enough to make a claim of predicting of putting a man on the moon? Maybe this is why many in America now believe our best days are behind us.

Mark Sauck

Hanover Park

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