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Republicans have traded progress for obstruction

As a registered Republican in my 60s, I can remember what my party once stood for and accomplished:

Equality of Americans; voting rights; labor rights; conservation of natural resources; proud use of terms like “moderate” and “progressive”; mass transit; infrastructure, such as our interstate system; environmental standards; and Social Security.

After the legal ruling of Roe vs. Wade, allowing families to deal with their own social issues, the Republican Party today is:

Against the Affordable Care Act; against state children’s health care; against stimulus money; against credit card reform; against voting rights for all Americans; against the bill ending tax breaks for U.S. companies who shipped jobs overseas; against Wall Street reform; against extended unemployment benefits; against the DISCLOSE Act on campaign funds; against the small business act; against reforming interest rates on student loans; Against the Fair Pay Act; in favor of slashing the budget of our national parks; against bank reform; against the highway bill or infrastructure; against labor unions; and against Americans receiving the best medical treatments offered by the medical field because of someone else’s religious beliefs.

Trent Lott proudly stated: “The strategy of being an obstructionist can work or fail. … so far it is working.” A great Republican strategy!

LAURA McCANN

Spencerville

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