Experts on poverty

Lynn Westmoreland, Jack Kingston, Paul Ryan and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy have a lot in common. All were born into wealthy families and never faced food or housing insecurity, which naturally makes them all experts on poverty.

All are darlings of Fox News, and their pronouncements on society are very much alike.

If you replace Bundy's "the Negro" with "culture of entitlements," it sounds like Ryan's, Westmoreland's and Kingston's rationale for cutting food stamps, unemployment, Social Security and Medicaid.

The term "the Negro" was replaced a long time ago by "states rights,” “forced busing,” "law and order” and "welfare queens,” etc.

If "culture of entitlement" isn't a loud enough dog whistle for all conservative Tea Party members and GOP, just add "Obama.” Now you have a rally for a march on Washington.

Barry Goldwater stated, "If society can not take care of the poor and needy then it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of its citizens.” I am not sure that Ryan, Westmoreland or Kingston understand that seniors, the handicapped and those who live in poverty are US citizens. But, then again, they only cater to their voter base.

Ricky Page

Newnan



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