Republicans gone extreme

In the past four years, the Republican Party, now claiming a membership of only 27 percent of us, has moved way to the right of the American people.

The Republicans running for Congress and the presidency want to keep tax rates on the wealthy low, in many situations far lower than that on middle-income workers. They claim those breaks would trickle down to the rest of us, but in 30 years of trying, they haven’t. They also want less regulation on businesses and bankers, forgetting how that played a huge role in causing the banking and housing crash of 2008.

The Republican platform, authorized this year by a large majority of House Republicans, would put us back to a society too much like that in the 1920s, with little or no safety net for people encountering bad luck; virtually the end of Medicare and Medicaid as we know it; and with no access for many to good health care. They claim their platform would reduce deficits, but all unbiased studies say it would make matters worse. This platform is fully supported by Mitt Romney, who has selected its author, Paul Ryan, as his running mate.

How could this possibly be in the interest of the majority?

Independent voters must come down off their perch and learn what the Republican Party is up to. And for a change, a large majority of Democrats must vote.

Given the consequences, and with a really good turnout, this election should not even be close.

Victor Reilly

Aiken, S.C.

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