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October 11, 2012

In Your Opinion: Republican reality hurt

The Daily Star

---- — Republican reality hurt

In a 9/25/12 letter, a lifelong Republican told of his change in politics. Howson A. Hartley resigned from the Republican Party after 50 years in a leadership position. Such is a sign of hope for America. A total of 31.25 percent of registered voters are Republicans, yet because of big money and strong dedication, they control Congress, the Supreme Court, and, too often, the presidency.

Contrary to Republicans, Democrats strongly support Social Security, Medicare, women’s, workers’ and personal rights, war only as a last resort, equal pay, shared sacrifice, competitive bidding on Medicare drugs, and humane assistance for persons in real trouble. Corporate welfare is not usually backed.

Democrats are working so much they don’t participate as diligently as wealthier Republicans do. Look around and see what The Great Republican Recession and your lack of voting have cost America.

The Supreme Court in Citizens United makes corporations “people.” Five Republicans have become a legislative body equal to a combination of Congress and the president. The right wing is now comfortable writing laws to suppress minority voting.

Most Americans, when questioned on specifics, respond as humane and caring individuals who love America with all its rights, challenges and unlimited opportunities. Few approve massive corporate welfare. 

Republicans taking a $5.77 trillion surplus to a $16 trillion deficit is something we can’t afford. Some want more of it! Simultaneously spending on two long, unfunded wars, multiple Bush tax breaks, massive corporate welfare giveaways, and trillions in interest will kill any economy. American voters need to face reality as Howson has.

Vote Democrats into office!

Charles F. Pierce