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Op-Ed author Henry Olsen believes “that economics is always subordinate to politics” and then gives as an example the misery of the Great Depression causing the rise of the New Deal. It would appear that the economic situation drove the political thinking, not that it was subordinate to it.

To me, with the current economic imbalance, the fact that we see more and more homeless, desperate people living in the same city with the richest folks in the world drives us to choose a new brand of political thought that will at least attempt to make choices that may reduce inequities.

Olsen’s outlook is, if anything, quaint, and resists change that must happen.

Frank Mitchell, Seattle