I read the Oct. 11 letter stating that the tea party wanted the poor not to have food stamps, or medical coverage, or to have children attend Head Start (“Tea party payment plan”).
The writer wondered what services the tea party members would do without. Do they not want to travel on the roads; do they not want police coverage?
My guess is that the writer doesn’t know any tea partyers, and has never really sat down and talked with any of them to understand their position.
We are now looking at twice as many food stamp recipients since President Obama took office. The national debt is on track to double under the Obama administration.
Workers are looking at fewer hours because of Obamacare. The country has never been more divided in my lifetime.
Is the Head Start program really giving us the results we are looking for? The letter writer wants us to stay the course.
If he understood the individuals from the tea party, what he might find out is that they are not what the mainstream media portray them as.
They are not radicals; they are not on the fringe. They are average American people. They get up and go to work every day and take care of their families.
They believe in a constitutional government, not a socialistic form of government. They believe in helping their fellow man. However, they believe it is best done at the local level. They believe this is best done through the community and not the government.
They believe in being fiscally responsible, taking care of their own finances and expecting the stewards of the tax dollars to do the same.
These are my observations. My suggestion to the letter writer is to read a copy of the Constitution and also to go to a few tea party meetings and talk to a few members.
He may then understand what it is that they want from the government.
Got an alternative for health reform?
There have been many letters regarding the Affordable Care Act, stating how bad the law will be, how un-American it is and how repealing it should be the top priority of congressional Republicans.
What I haven’t read from those who oppose the law is what they have in mind to replace a law that will insure 30 million people. How do they plan to reduce the number of Americans who die each year from lack of health insurance?
Where is their plan to stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or eliminating lifetime caps on covered illnesses?
Will they stop insurance companies from charging women more than men for health insurance, and what will their plan cost? If you are going to be against something, at least have an alternative solution to resolve a problem instead of just complaining all the time.
These very same individuals oppose government spending at any level to feed the poor, children and the elderly as wasteful government spending and welfare, saying those who receive assistance are lazy.
These programs have less fraud and abuse than most other government programs.
Where is the same outrage toward the billions in government subsidies to oil companies, the richest companies in the world? According to the U.S. Treasury, the subsidies amount to $4.5 billion a year.
Are they angry that tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations, who don’t need them, cost taxpayers billions per year in lost revenues that could be used to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure? According to the U.S. Treasury, in 2012 our nation lost $150 billion in revenues as U.S. companies shifted profits to countries with low taxes.
We need to fight against those who wish to pit the low and middle classes against each other and instead examine the policies of those who govern us to demand changes that will benefit the majority of the people.
Richard M. Thompson
The anger and frustration that most of us are feeling would drive throngs to the streets in many other countries, throwing rocks, bottles and worse. Allowing a small minority of right-wing extremist lawmakers to shut down our government over their dislike of a law should be unthinkable in the U.S.
Their hatred of President Obama has driven them to do whatever it takes to make him and his policies fail regardless of the harm done to our country. These unpatriotic people should be driven out of office at the very next opportunity. Their actions border on treason.
Most Americans want work so they have buying power. They want Medicare and Social Security. They want America to pay its bills. They want a reasonable safety net and good physical and mental-health support for the military.
Congress argues about what program should suffer or be eliminated because they have failed all along to work together to manage changing conditions. They let lobbyists run the country. Members were elected to protect the interests of taxpayers and consumers. We are the backbone of the economy.
Renee F. DeBoes