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Letter: Republicans don’t want to help the middle class

Republicans don’t want to help the middle class

After giving much thought to President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response, I have come to this conclusion: My friends, we are in serious trouble as a country.

Obama proposes much that would really help the middle class and the poor, but it is a shell game because he is aware that few, if any, of his lofty proposals will ever come to fruition.

The Republicans, on the other hand, are dead serious in torpedoing any ideas put forward by the president whether they have merit or not. They are opposed to any tax increase on the obscenely wealthy and, along with many Democrats, fill their pockets with goodies from conservative lobbyists, many of whom are former congressmen – a really disgusting practice.

This will never change as long as we continue to return the same so-called representatives to Congress. In this day and age, what clear-thinking American can possibly be opposed to raising the minimum wage? In states where it has been raised, the economy has actually improved. As the divide between the rich and the rest of us increases and elections are bought – thanks to our ultra conservative Supreme Court – trickle-down economics is in full force. The only problem is that the vast majority of Americans see no benefit.

Allen F. Scioli

Hamburg