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Issue Date: March 2006 Issue


Letters

A Note from the Kucinich Fan Club

Welcome, Elizabeth Kucinich. I am thrilled to hear of this wonderful match between two exceptional people. I have followed the career of Dennis Kucinich for decades and have marveled at his consistency and dedication to high ideals. I have also secretly hoped for a like-minded woman to join him. Voil√°!

Pamelinda O'Keefe
Lakewood

Money & the Mrs.

Elizabeth Kucinich's "better alternative" to the current monetary system is to have money put into circulation via the investment decisions of the government? I'd argue that, unfortunately, with federal expenditures expected to top $2.5 trillion in 2006, we're just about there already.
Call me a capitalist, but I think completely crowding out or eliminating private-sector investment, as Mrs. Kucinich advocates, would be a mistake. Central economic planning could not have worked out much worse for the Soviet Union, mostly because an economy can't grow when no one is held accountable for how its resources are deployed. Free markets, on the other hand, are pretty good at that sort of thing.

Young people should always be given lots of slack, if nothing else because of their lack of experience and insight into how the real world works. But be careful what you wish for, Elizabeth. Depending on who's holding the purse strings, Halliburton or General Dynamics might look like a better 'investment' than Habitat for Humanity.

David Dalton
Northfield Center

To say that Elizabeth Kucinich is young, smart and interesting is ridiculous. First of all, a person with any sense would not marry a man 30 years her senior who has been married twice before. I am more interested in finding out the validity of the marriage. It seems to be a hoax. Also, her thoughts about printing new money are absurd. The great Mark Twain once said, 'It is often better to keep one's mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.' She has removed all doubt.

Chuck Jaite
Rocky River

Editor's Note: The monetary policy Elizabeth Kucinich discussed in our profile is no doubt complicated and controversial. We've included a link to the American Monetary Institute at www.clevelandmagazine.com (you can find it by searching for 'Elizabeth Kucinich: More to Say'), so our readers can learn more about her point of view.


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