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January 16, 2013
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Letter: Say goodbye to the New Deal

Goodbye to the New Deal

Do you worry about people who earn more than a million dollars a year? Do you resent people who collect, on average, $284 a week of unemployment compensation that goes right out to pay for lodging and food? Then call yourself a Republican and/or a Tea Partier.

Just think what your life would be like without Social Security and Medicare. Would you be able to live as well as you do and maintain your health at the same time? Study the whole picture, whether it be the lack of the house vote to combat the effects of Hurricane Sandy or the lax attitude of politicians on passing the Farm Bill that would enable all of us to afford everyday foods like eggs and milk. All the while, these U.S. Representatives are maintaining a healthy salary, health care and full retirement. Do you honestly think they care about us?

There is an underlying dynamic here and that is the shattering of FDR’s New Deal — no government help for the common citizen.

Protection of the wealthy is uppermost in the minds of Republicans. The true meaning is to keep the middle class from gaining power to overthrow the likes of the Plutocrats (large corporations), so power can be maintained by lining the pockets of our legislators.

If we’ve learned anything from history, America’s brightest period lasted 60 years, from the 1940s to the year 2000.

After George W. Bush raided every bank account to fund his wars, the middle class is now expected to refill the coffers. God forbid asking the wealthy to pay more taxes.

If you need an example, simply look at Greece and Spain after several years of middle-class austerity.

Sheila Lawrence

Roseburg


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