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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I’m not a fan of organized religion but this new pope is “The Man”! How will Republicans respond to him basically calling them scum? Francis attacked the “idolatry of money” and beseeched politicians (Republicans) to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”

He asked, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”

He added, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”

And finally: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians [Democrats] who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”

I’m waiting for the GOP response. “Palin and Cruz call for impeachment of socialist pope!” “Demand recount of Papal Conclave!” “Obama to blame!”

Here is why Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in the world, Rush Limbaugh supported drug treatment as opposed to incarceration only after he got arrested for possession of pain killers. Nancy Reagan only supported stem-cell research after Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer’s. Dick Cheney started supporting gay rights only after his daughter came out as gay. Megan Kelly of Fox News was against paid maternity leave, that is until she had a baby. Then her views miraculously changed. Once it happens to them their opinions change. Perhaps they wouldn’t vote against food stamps if a member of their family was poor.

Finally, the Democrats smacked the GOP in the face. Changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority (the way it should be). The GOP can cry all they want, but the fact is that in all of American history there were 12 filibusters until 1992, when Clinton became president. Clinton took over and in his term alone there were 12. Obama is in the beginning of his second term and it’s already 82! When Lyndon Johnson was the majority leader of the Senate he had to deal with three GOP filibusters. Harry Reid has dealt with 4 ... hundred!

Could it be only because Obama’s a Democrat? Or does his “tan” have something to do with it? Mitch McConnell threatened future retaliations of obstruction, or as the GOP calls it-business as usual.

Robert La Rosa
Whitestone

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