ASU prof enters 1st District Democratic primary | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ASU prof enters 1st District Democratic primary

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Michael Cook at Talk Business reports on the announcement of another Democratic candidate for 1st District Congress. He's Gary Latanich, an economics professor at Arkansas State, and he'll challenge Rep. Clark Hall for the nomination to oppose incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Crawford.

In his announcement press release, apparently only sent to the Jonesboro Sun, Latanich struck a populist economic tone:

“We’re being told by some that even though we are the richest nation on the planet, we can’t afford to help those without health-care insurance; that our government is almost bankrupt, even though as a sovereign nation we control the amount of money created; that government spending is out of control, when in fact government spending as a percent of GDP is at its lowest levels in decades; that we’re overtaxed when in fact we have one of the lowest tax burdens in the industrialized world; that we need to deregulate our economy further, when in fact our latest crisis was created by a foolish deregulation of the banking sector,” he said.

To quote the late sportswriter Kim Brazzel's stock response to stimulating quotes: "Talk faster, Gary, talk faster."

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