Considering the damage the citizens of this nation have taken as a direct result of Republican policy in the past 30 years, it is frustrating to see that he who receives space on your Opinion page is none other than U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.

It would be a public service to point out that we citizens have given the wealthy and corporations everything they have wanted for those 30 years, including repeal of most laws passed in the 1930s that once protected us from them both.

You should point out at every turn: “If you want more of what you are getting, keep on electing the right wing.”

You might even lift your eyes and say, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”

Free-market capitalism is not what built America’s prosperity. It was World War II’s destruction of the industrial base of most of the world, except for the United States, plus the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Re-industrialization is the only way to retain our prosperity.

It requires excluding multinationals from U.S. markets, and perhaps from Western European markets as well.

Keeping jobs at home requires eliminating a good deal of “free enterprise” when it comes to core industries.

In case you have not figured it out, free enterprise means free to replace you with 50-cent-per-hour labor offshore,

Profit maximization neighbors are not in our best interest.

I ask for two things in 2012: the destruction of the tea-Koch party and that there are no corporate champions left on Capitol Hill.

Please give this serious thought!