Protect safety nets

By Baker City Herald Readers November 09, 2011 07:00 am

Three problems: jobs, economic growth, protection of our safety nets.

These problems are closely united, and solving the first two should lead to protecting the third. However, conservatives (largely Republicans) thwart passage of a jobs bill that would create 400,000 jobs.

Conservatives endorse the idea that the “market knows best” and ignore the needs of the workers. They support corporations and the wealthy.

For example, Mitt Romney’s speech at the “Defending the American Dream” conference detailed his economic plan as follows: $6.5 trillion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich (plus $6.5 trillion deficit); slashing Medicare; cuts to Medicaid; cuts to Social Security; repealing Affordable Care Act (coverage for 32 million); cuts for Planned Parenthood and Title X women’s health programs, Amtrak, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities; repeals the law ensuring that government contractors pay a fair wage; throws more than 4000,000 federal employees out of work; increases defense spending.

As I write, the so-called Super Committee is proposing cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And don’t look for much help from the Democrats as they have continually compromised, giving in to the Republicans.

Just this week 60 Democratic House members sent a letter to the Super Committee agreeing to cuts in funding Medicare. Our deficit problems were caused by greed that led to the recession, huge tax breaks for the rich and corporations, and accompanied by cuts in programs for the elderly, the sick, and the poor.

Social Security has a $2.5 trillion surplus and can pay out all benefits for the next 25 years, but the Republicans have always wanted to destroy Social Security.

So, the question is “why do we people keep supporting candidates who do not support us?”

Bruce Raffety
Baker City