March 24, 2013 at 6:13 AM
GOP could benefit from some empathy
Both Dems and GOP are lacking
The two major parties desires to recast themselves to broaden their voter rolls gives me no comfort [“Empathy-challenged Republicans,” Opinion, March 22]. What are those of us already voting getting for our continued support? Our political process is saturated with money from special-interest groups. The notion that our politicians from either side are able to accomplish anything meaningful toward our quality of life and the sustainability of the average persons aspirations seems sadly, naive.
Many Democrats are indeed smug — those who can afford to be, with the blessings of meaningful employment and health care still within reach.
I recoil when hearing Republicans described as “conservative,” when in truth they are anything but that. Their continuing addiction to doing or saying whatever it takes to provide cover to big money’s systematic gutting of our economy is recklessness in its worst extreme. They rail against food-stamp use and other government assistance as the abetting of sloth and abuse, while winning astronomically greater federal tax-funded largesse for those whose purpose is only to make a killing at the expense of those whose only wish is to earn a living.
Former President Bill Clinton, darling of the Democratic Leadership Council, oversaw a cozying up to business interests at the expense of the average American worker. The trade agreements enacted to “lift all boats” accomplished only the lowering of our own. The economy of those years was a bubble, which left many believing that only super wealth was the goal and purpose of investment.
Most of my fellow struggling countrymen and women work multiple jobs while playing fair and honest, while those in power smirk at not only the spirit, but the letter of our laws. I vote. I always have. But I do so not in the hope that my vote will count toward improving my lot, but to influence whom will choose who sits on our High Court. Any other hope is a forlorn one.
–Jeffrey Altice, Shoreline
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