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Letter: GOP's 'pledge' only benefits the wealthy

EDITOR:

I was very interested in the GOP's new "Pledge to America" that came out recently. Sounds a little like the one back in '94 - which went nowhere. This year's pledge is to get rid of the new health care package that would now help so many people out. Well, maybe not the wealthy so much, or the insurance companies.

Their pledge is to give tax cuts to the wealthy who don't need them. If the wealthy were going to use them to create jobs, why didn't they do so during the Bush years when they first got the tax cuts? And the GOP pledges to freeze federal spending -something Obama has already pledged to do in 2011.

What they haven't said in public, but what you can find out when you view less-publicized clips of the GOP candidates, is that they plan to privatize Social Security, Medicare and the veterans hospitalization. And we know what happens with "private" insurance companies who increase rates yearly and give fewer benefits. Oh yes, and privatizing prisons - now, that's worked well, hasn't it?

What they also haven't said is that since the Supreme Court has given corporations and the wealthy the right to spend as much money on campaigns as they could ever wish for, people like the Koch brothers and Murdoch of Fox News have flooded the GOP and the Tea Party with advertising money in order to do away with all those services that helped people survive over the years. I mean, who was it that kept voting against unemployment compensation for the millions put out of work because the corporations and banks played roulette with people's livelihoods?

That's right, GOP, you've made a real Pledge to America. Let's wipe out everything the government does to help people in need and give it to the already wealthy. Isn't that what your candidates are all about? Look deeply and you'll see that it is.

Susan Lanning

Prescott Valley

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