GOP is missing the empathy gene

GOP is missing the empathy gene

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Much of the criticism of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Republican response last week to the State of the Union speech is unfair.


It revolved around her offering no specific path to her ultimate destination of stardust and unicorns. Unless you’ve been asleep your entire life, the Republican plan is clear – deregulate everything, cut programs to help those in need and make sure wealthy people accumulate more wealth.


Simple. This was, is, and always will be the plan.


Since when is a childhood spent growing up in and helping out a family-owned business a hardship? Picking apples and wiping tables in a bar is a really deep hole to dig yourself out of? What many Republicans seem to be missing is the empathy gene. If Rodgers or House Speaker John Boehner learned about real hardship growing up in a two-room apartment with no heat in an inner-city slum, sharing a bed with three siblings and dodging rats as big as dogs, they could legitimately be puffed out about a climb to elected office.


Rodgers talked about how government is not the answer. This comes from a woman whose annual household income is well over $250,000, with every penny of it coming from taxes collected by the government (her congressional paycheck and her husband’s pension as a retired military officer), in addition to health insurance that will cover her child with special needs until he is 26, after which he will surely be covered by Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.


Government doesn’t seem to be much of a problem for the Rodgers family. I guess looking and sounding like a Sunday school teacher lends credibility to inane statements.



Don DeAngelis


Canonsburg


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