We need the government’s help

In his Feb. 26 letter, the invariable purveyor of right-wing acrimony is up to his old tactics, continuing the GOP's hate-filled terms for the duly elected president of the United States. These radicals throw out such terms as "subhuman mongrel,” "tyrant,” and "Kenyan Islamist.”

Even a first-grader would understand that if her mom or dad made a little more money she would not have to sweep floors to be able to eat a school lunch, as the Republicans want. She would also understand that through the ACA she would be able to get the care she needs for a serious pre-existing health condition that the Obama hate-mongers have continuously tried to deny her.

Congress can’t determine a person's worth, and as the writer says: “God does that!” Who else but the government can protect the public from amoral corporations? Who else but the government can prevent the exploitation and protect the dignity of its workers? Who else but the government can protect the environment from the unnecessary spillage of chemicals, ash, and sludge from coal mining into the rivers that are the sources of the nation's drinking water?

According to the OMB, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would increase the wages of 16 million workers and raise almost 1 million out of poverty. The writer is not only against raising the minimum wage, he is against having a minimum wage at all. If he had his way, America's base pay would be the same as the world's - 25 cents/hr. or $10/week. I challenge him to have someone drop him off somewhere in Newnan with nothing but the clothes on his back and $10 in his pocket and have him survive a week paying for all food and lodging without any additional funds or outside help.

Dennis Thompson 


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