, Newburyport, MA


February 5, 2014

No war against poor by Republicans

To the editor:

I must respectfully disagree with my friend, Robert Campbell (column, Jan. 23) The Republicans do not have a war against the poor. Have you ever heard of the saying, “give a person a fish and feed him for a day but teach that person to fish and feed him for a lifetime”?

There are those who really do need help — we know that — but there are also those who only “work” the system. Most want and or need jobs; they want the smaller government and personal responsibility that conservatives want.

And why are conservatives accused of having a war against women? The women who work in the White House are paid less than the men who work there. As far as being accused of being rascist, we are not that either. In 1866 the Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act and in 1870 the first African Americans entered Congress as Republicans.

There is a war against conservatives! President Obama thinks that no one can be against his policies and also be a patriot; in other words, Obama is a master of the blame game. Obama is against Fox News simply because they tell the truth. And now the IRS has a plan to stop Friends of Abe (Friends of Abe’ are Hollywood conservatives).

There’s a danger that I don’t hear many addressing: America’s future. Our president has said, “We are no longer a Christian country,” and he lauds the contributions of Muslims. Islam and Christianity are not “sister faiths.”

Phyllis A. Hanscom


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