The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 22, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Republicans are loyal subjects of their rich overlords

I’m first to admit that I don’t know a lot about a great many things, but one thing I do know is that what Republicans say and what they do are not only two different things, but often diametrically opposed things.

For years, we have listened to them tell the country that they are the party of God and the poor and not the party of the wealthy. They loudly contradict anyone who says otherwise. The recent vote on the Ryan budget, seemed like a good idea to the majority of Republicans and they voted almost unanimously to pass it.

Someone has to say this so I will. Their vote proves the dishonesty of their words. That wonderful budget takes 69 percent of its cuts from programs meant to help the elderly, disabled, children and the poor, yet gives millionaires and large corporations tax cuts that would result in them paying an average of $200,000 dollars less than they do now.

They don’t want to raise the minimum wage to one that people could actually live on or to have programs that allow those in poverty to actually get ahead. Yet they want us to believe they are the ones looking out for the needs of the majority of the country.

Time and again we have had to listen to them and their talking heads, like Rush, Beck and Hannity, tell us that if people are poor, it’s because they want to be and that raising the minimum wage would only help teenagers despite the fact the average minimum wage worker is in their 30s with families. Why should they let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good story?

I am no biblical scholar but I do seem to remember something about how taking care of the poor, the sick, the thirsty, the naked, the homeless and the hungry was the same as doing those things to Christ.

You cannot claim to be working for the poor while also actively working against them. When you do that you are showing the world just how deep your hypocrisy goes.

I find it disgusting that among these poor, homeless and disabled are veterans who have risked everything for this country only to be spoken of with disdain and loathing.

I have always been amused when they use the Bible as a weapon against gays and women, yet seem all too ready to ignore the parts that don’t fit their ideology. They have made it all too clear that they are loyal subjects of their rich overlords and will say or do anything in order to keep them happy and growing richer even at the expense of the majority of the country.

Actions speak so much louder than words.

Lisa Gunther