'Conservative', 'right-wing' are two different terms


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 10:06 p.m.
Extraordinary! I believe we have a breakthrough as the result of a direct, comprehensible, and unambiguous statement from a sitting congressman on the difference between being "right-wing" and being "conservative."
Many have been conflicted for some time about whether government should favor the recommendations of either labor or business, or promote neutral policies with respect to how the economic benefits of increased productivity or even bureaucratic reorganization are distributed in society.
Though I completely disagree with U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., he is to be respected for clearly declaring his position. By disapproving of the expansion of collective bargaining rights to those to whom they had been denied, he has revealed himself not as conservative but as right-wing on the issue at hand.
If conservatives embrace a laissez-faire or "hands off" philosophy, to be right-wing is to be pro-business to an extent the majority must consider detrimental to society.
No one has to be pro-labor just to acknowledge the right of wage earners to form or join a union. I thank the congressman for saying so.

Dave Hennig,

Gainesville

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