Letter: GOP cares only about power
In America we live by a golden rule: Those with the gold make the rules. The biggest corporations are writing laws for Congress and, increasingly, state legislatures.
Republicans once stood for personal responsibility, self reliance, fiscal control. But under George W. Bush: unchecked spending, tax cuts all around, foolish unpaid-for wars and gutted regulations. We’re still digging out.
We have serious issues: Medicare and Medicaid need restructuring. Our health care is way too expensive and not worth the crippling cost. Defense spending soars. Debt and deficit march upward. Education is foundering.
Republican leadership has bet the farm on opposing everything – a destructive strategy that continues to cost us all.
Republican politicians don’t seem to care how government works, claiming it’s the cause of most problems. Gut it, starve it, screw it up: The worse it works, the better their proof. Their answer to everything: cut taxes and gut regulation. They have a hammer, and every problem looks like a nail.
Republicans continue to purge their political ranks, still charging hard right, away from most of us. Republicans in Congress despise compromise. They want concessions, then they dig in and move their goal posts. Democrats have learned and are dug in, too.
But at least the Democratic politicians seem to give a damn about how government works. If we reward obstruction by putting Republicans back in office, Congress will continue not to work, far into the future. That’s not what we want, it’s not what we deserve. And we can’t afford it.
It’s time to make Republican politicians pay for four years of obstructing everything they possibly could, and doing their best to damage the rest. They have proven that they care about nothing but power.