December 24th, 2005
Republicans to Poor, "Freeze to Death"
Republicans in Congress cut home heating assistance funding to poor Americans by around $200 million. Democrats were seeking $5 billion. Republicans approved $2 billion. Home heating costs are up around 40 percent to 70 percent over last year depending on the type of heating used.
Oil companies have huge excess profits that could be taxed to fund the program. Republicans in Congress have effectively blocked any attempt to tax these excess oil industry profits to help poor Americans from freezing to death.
Poor citizens do not give huge campaign contributions to Republican politicians like oil industry executives and oil industry political action committees. The poor tend to vote more Democratic than Republican over economic issues. Freezing to death voters who might support opposing political parties might be good politics but is both un-American and un-Christian. The Republicans in Congress should be kinder to their less fortunate American citizens and try to follow the Christian admonishment to help the poor.
These same Republican politicians are supporting cuts in food assistance and health care programs for poor Americans. The results will eventually be the same for some fellow American citizens. They will die earlier and have more unhealthy lives. Is this what America should be doing this Christmas?
The Republican "War on the Poor" approach to government is disgusting when contrasted with their strong push for tax cuts for the very wealthiest of the wealthy. They find huge amounts of money to fund tax breaks for giant corporations and no-bid contracts awarded to politically connected companies.
The Republican Party has been relying on Christian voters to stay in power while not following core Christian teaching about the treatment of the poor. It is Christmas but the Republicans in Congress seemed not to have read the Biblical tale of the Virgin Mary told in Luke 1:56.
Here are some important passages:
Written By Stephen Crockett and Al Lawrence (hosts of DemocraticTalkRadio.com ).
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