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GOP must recognize falsehoods in policies

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I am a lifelong independent and dislike many Democratic policies, but I have yet to hear a Republican who will admit the three fundamental GOP claims are false. And the media will not report these falsehoods.

“Raising taxes on the wealthy reduced employment” is false. The Clinton administration raised taxes on the wealthy and saw unparalleled growth. The George W. Bush administration dramatically cut taxes on the wealthy and saw no job growth.

“The free market is more efficient than government” is false. The cost of health care administration is 3 percent for Medicare and 25 percent for insurance companies.

“Republicans reduce government size and cut the deficit” is false. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all dramatically increased the size of government and all dramatically increased the national deficit. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton decreased the size of government. Carter reduced the national deficit and Clinton left office with a surplus.

Jason Jungreis, San Francisco

Spotlighting Muni trouble

San Franciscans owe Supervisor David Campos — a supervisor I rarely, if ever, agree with — a debt for spotlighting the problems of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, as reported in “Runaway Muni fares drive call to brake” in Monday’s San Francisco Examiner.

A recent independent audit of the SFMTA portrayed a poorly managed agency with runaway employee overtime and inadequate lines of responsibility for overall project management. This consistently leads to huge cost overruns and completion times running more than a year behind schedule. People and organizations that usuallydon’t work together should do so on this issue.

Howard Epstein, San Francisco

Iraq conflict is aiding Iran

Are the American and Iraqi people any better off after the Kuwait and Iraq wars? Iraq is a tribal country, and the U.S. has become a nation of isolated groups. Both countries have lost a great deal of infrastructure, material supplies and people, and are weaker because of the wars.

The winner here is Iran, which is becoming a nuclear power and a major force in the Muslim world. When Iraq was a basically nonsectarian country under Saddam Hussein, women were employed by the government and had opportunities for higher education. Today Iran has obtained much control over Iraq, as the U.S. military is leaving.

Frank Norton, San Francisco