The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 3, 2013

Summing up the GOP agenda

Daily Item

---- — Republicans claim they represent all the people. But look closely at what they do. At the national level, they oppose any raising of the minimum wage. When if comes to job creation, every bill the Republican-controlled House has put forth either eliminated environmental regulations, attacked unions, hurt consumers, or pandered to large corporations and the rich by lowering taxes. All of those proposals would widen the gulf between the rich and everyone else.

At the state level, Republicans changed voting laws that adversely affect minorities. They favor lower or no taxes on corporations. Our state is the only major gas producing state that does not tax natural gas production. That, along with cutting funds to municipalities and school districts, results in higher local taxes. When Republicans talk about more toll roads, higher sales taxes, or value added taxes, guess who gets hurt most?

Republicans pander to people who would not vote for them otherwise by using wedge issues like abortion and gay marriage. Does anyone think those issues have any effect on the 1 percent that Republicans really represent, including themselves when those issues directly affect them?

At the end of the 19th century, there were few laws to protect the environment, no unions to protect workers, few consumer protection rules, no social security or medicare, nor the prospect of more affordable healthcare, and wealth was in the hands of a few. The actions of the modern Republican party would take us back to those times.

Jack Strausser,