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Letter: Conservative tenets can enable Americans

The main stage on the convention floor at

The main stage on the convention floor at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is prepared for the upcoming Republican National Convention, as workers stand in a man lift on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Credit: AP

“The GOP really wants a nanny state” is a typical cherry-picked opinion written to mislead the public [Opinion, July 25]. While I’m not affiliated with any political party, I am conservative, and I would be remiss to let writer Catherine Rampell’s rant go unanswered.

Conservatives believe immigrants should come to the United States legally and work for a living. We believe banks should have rules, such as the Glass-Steagall Act. Its repeal in 1999 was a major factor leading to the 2007-08 financial collapse.

Democrats believe that they need to enact legislation to stay in power. Their federal assistance programs, coupled with their votes for taxpayer-funded programs, will ensure that Democrats stay in power for a long time.

Conservatives believe there should be a level playing field that gives all individuals a chance at success and that the people, not the government, are in charge of our own lives.

Elio Valenti, Bay Ridge


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