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GOP: Ryan reflects Republicans’ revulsion for the poor

Letter by Carol Ann Dedrick, Tacoma on Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm | 74 Comments »
January 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Paul Ryan’s speech Tuesday night helped me put my finger on the biggest difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans have no faith in the American people.

Need proof? Look no further than Ryan’s rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. He said: “This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.”

According to the world view expressed by Ryan, people who are unemployed and receiving assistance from the government seek no higher goals. People who are hungry and receiving food stamps seek no higher goal. People who are ailing and need medical help seek no higher goal.

It is a dark, cynical and ultimately self-destructive world view. To look at fellow citizens who have fallen on difficult times and see parasites speaks more loudly about the viewer than the viewed.

Ryan, and those who think like him, believe that Americans who have fallen on hard times are freeloaders. I know better. People live up to the expectations set for them. Ryan, as the spokesman, has shown us their expectations.

I’ll side with the Democrats.

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