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Too late for Republicans to show concern for the miserable


To the Editor:

I find it strange that Republican Rep Daley would see the hypocrisy in his party trying to tax a hamburger for a minimum wage employee (Daley News column, TCT July 7). Apparently he has forgotten it was party icon Ronald Reagan that found a way to tax the tips of waitresses even if they didn't make any tips. The wealthy Republicans from that era to now have done everything they possibly can to shed their share of paying responsible taxes while generating huge deficit.

Daley points out the welfare leakage of money being used to buy liquor, cigarettes and lotto tickets but offers no solution. The core problem can never be 100% solved simply because it is being used by unscrupulous businessmen and the amount of funds to police it would be more than what is being misused.

The use of the word "screaming" to describe so called special interests' response to tax cuts is very strange in the context of Daley's column. For one thing the word is used to describe an extremely painful moment, such as touching a red hot stove. I have seen this word used so many times by Right Wingers when they hear from those they hurt with their doses of misery. Why didn't Daley say what they were voicing their pain about? Could it be more closings of nursing homes or cutting school lunches, school busing? I hope the people are waking up to the narrow message of elitist self-serving hypocrisy.

Joe Tribula
July 15, 2010

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