Stress hand up, not handout

To whom should the Republican Party appeal for votes? Pursue people who have family social values and who wish to succeed on merit. Emphasize to them the GOP’s free enterprise creed and a smaller government with less regulation – the same values that once made this nation the richest and most powerful in the world.


Democrats and some GOP Congresses have enacted into law over the years government regulations, safety nets and restrictions on free enterprise that stifle self-initiative. The voters the GOP seeks are not chosen by skin color, ethnicity, sex or age. The GOP is not offering a free lunch for votes, but an opportunity of a better life based on personal effort and a growing economy.

The U.S. government was founded on capitalism. The Constitution, with the Bill of Rights, limits the role of government in the affairs of men. It may not be the best system in the world, but it is the best that has lasted for more than 200 years, and resulted in more people having a higher standard of living than in world history.

I didn’t say it was perfect, but I do say it is much better than the European model that the Dems are trying to install. My safety net would catch no more than 15-20 percent of the people.

The voters the GOP can’t attract are those living in a dream world – those who think a gross domestic product increase of 2 percent is a reasonable economy at the same time the federal budget is $1 trillion in the red (7 percent of GDP).

A higher standard of living originates with growth in the private sector, not government handouts.

Gil Mullins

Aiken, S.C.



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