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home : letters : letters August 1, 2014

11/6/2013 8:59:00 AM
What happened to GOP?

To the editor:

To the anonymous GOP members who did not know about your party's proposal to cut $40 billion from aid to the poor: This is an integral part of the budget plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan. Every budget is a clear statement of its author's values - "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Ryan's budget plan increases the already bloated military budget even further, and does nothing to close the many loopholes that favor the wealthy and the big corporations. But then, Rep. Ryan has often said he is inspired by Ayn Rand, the Russian-American writer who believed that selfishness is moral, greed is good and altruism is evil. (See for example a CNN report http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/opinion/weiss-ryan-rand/) This, of course, is the direct opposite of the Christian gospel.

There is a tragedy here. What has become of the Grand Old Party?

The great war hero and Republican President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Both parties now outdo each other in spending more on the military.

The GOP has been the party of responsible spending, keeping liberal over-spending in check. As a man who founded and ran a $1 million per year business, I know how important that is. Yet it is they (with little real opposition from the Democrats) who have led the charge since Reagan's presidency to take money from the poor and middle-class, and started two major wars off-budget, leaving the next President to pick up the tab.

I have no great love for the Democrats either. What I do believe is this: It is time for women and men of good will to stop getting our news from biased sources (such as Fox and Rush on one side, MSNBC and Stewart on the other), to take our parties and the politics back, and to seriously apply human and faith values to how we vote and act.

Paul Martin



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