Letters to the editor, September 12
September 11, 2012 4:34PM
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Updated: October 14, 2012 12:26PM
GOP feels regulations good for some, bad for others
Republicans are constantly complaining about government regulations, so you’d think the Obama administration’s recent relaxation of regulations regarding states’ welfare policies would have been met with widespread Republican approval — especially since it was something for which Republican governors had asked. But, of course, they don’t approve of it at all.
On the contrary, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and everyone else in the Republican Party have launched blistering, and misleading, attack ads on the loosening of these regulations. Ryan even brazenly lied about the new policy (among other things) in his convention speech, claiming erroneously that it removed the work requirement from welfare.
Here’s what we’ve learned from all this: For Republicans, regulations of any kind are bad when they apply to well-heeled corporations and big business. Regulations of every kind are good when they apply to folks on welfare.
Alternatively, it only proves again the motto of the Republican Party: “If Obama’s for it, we’re against it.”
Obama’s plans don’t work;
it’s time for real change
In 2008, I, like many Americans, voted for Barack Obama because he promised “hope and change.”
In 2012, there is no hope or change. Instead, we have astronomical debt, high unemployment and no energy plan.
Obama’s plan calls for more stimulus money, which has created few jobs in the past; taxing the wealthy, which will barely bring down the debt, and more regulations stifling business growth. His plans have failed in the past and will continue to fail.
Wake up, America. If Obama wins, we are on a speeding train heading off a cliff.
America, as we know it, will fail for all Americans, regardless of economic status.
What have Republicans done for anyone but the rich?
I understand why the super-rich, “the 1 percenters,” big corporations and Wall Street vote Republican. The only agenda congressional Republicans have is to deregulate and lower taxes for that group.
What I don’t understand is how any lower income, middle class, policeman, fireman, teacher, union worker, etc., could vote against their self-interests and vote Republican.
Two weeks before the recent recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, he was caught on tape answering a wealthy donor, “The way you get rid of unions is by divide and conquer.”
Yet, 27 percent of union households in Wisconsin voted for Walker.
I ask only one question of the poor and middle class who vote Republican: Name one bill passed in Congress by Republicans or one thing the Republicans in Congress have ever done for you.