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Letter: Irresponsible Republicans

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The Republicans like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan claim they are the party of fiscal responsibility as they attempt to privatize Social Security, voucherize Medicare, cut food stamps and ignore the economic benefits of passing immigration reform. Yet, the GOP just cost taxpayers $24 billion shutting the federal government for 16 days in October, trying to stop Obamacare. And, 144 House and 18 Senate Republicans voted no on the bill that saved our country from defaulting.

Republicans have a terrible record on the economy:

1. Tax cuts for rich contributors;

2. Squandering $4 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan;

3. Allowing big bankers and hedge fund managers to destroy the economy, resulting in the Great Recession of 2008;

4. Forcing President Obama to bail out Wall Street and the auto industry;

5. Rejecting a jobs bill to repair our aging infrastructure;

6. Providing $2 billion in tax loopholes for oil companies, while dismissing the costs of climate change;

7. Refusing to raise the minimum wage.

Hopefully, Americans will remember how much the GOP party has cost this country the next time they vote. It should be painfully obvious by now that elections have real consequences. How much pain will it take to convince voters to oust irresponsible Republicans?    

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

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