My concern about Republican dogma is this: Where are the Christian values they so often refer to as being their hallmark?In response, I wrote my own letter to the editor; just in case they ‘neglect’ to publish mine (it wouldn’t be surprising if they did, considering how liberal a rag the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is), I’ll publish it here in its entirety (the writers name withheld)
How can they slash billions of dollars from a food stamp program and not address the insidious corporate welfare for the rich who are the beneficiary of these dollars because of their obscene tax breaks? The poor were mentioned in most of Christ's teachings throughout his life. If we are truly Christian, we know "the poor are always with us." Christ did not waste time talking about the rich except to admonish them.
Maybe the Republicans have forgotten those teachings or prefer to ignore them in favor of listening to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. The Republicans are, by and large, the most self-centered people in this country. And to a person, I would guess they would not give up their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Those were also programs they fought tooth and nail to prevent becoming law when they were first enacted. They do not talk at all about the plight of the poor and prefer to think of them as invisible.
What we, as Christians, were taught as children still holds true today. It is a measure of our character as to how we react to the poor who "are always with us."
We may be able to fool ourselves and others about how "Christian" we are. We will not fool God on Judgment Day.
[The letter-writer (ed)], in the 28 September Opinions section, rebuked Congressional Republicans for ‘slashing’ food-stamp benefits and accused them of hypocrisy in their professed Christian beliefs because, in her eyes, this ‘slashing’ runs up against Christ’s admonition to provide for the poor.And no, I didn’t mean to make the letter-writer look foolish. They needed no help from me in that regard.
In twelve years of reading the Bible cover to cover annually, I haven’t found any Scripture references at all which say Jesus promoted ‘government charity’ via taxation; His mandate was personal charity – that is, charity given by one person to another. I highly doubt Jesus would have even considered the Roman government responsible for provision for welfare of the people. In fact, by allowing government to arbitrate and dispense ‘charity’ as we have, far too many of us have neglected Christ’s own mandate of personal involvement in charitable giving.
I also fail to find any mention of government becoming or being a charitable institution in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The closest we come to that might be the ‘general welfare’ clause, but how taking money from one group (which does disservice to their ‘welfare’) and giving it to others (which services their welfare) promoted a ‘general’ welfare escapes me.
Thirdly, a 10-minute Yahoo search shows that in 1935, 84% of House Republicans and 76% of Senate Republicans voted FOR the Social Security bill. In 1965, ~50% of House Republicans and 43% of Senate Republicans voted for Medicare. How exactly that can be defined as ‘fighting tooth and nail against’ either of those programs, I don’t know.