Kudos to Robert Harway (“Bitter narrative,” Jan. 17) for citing facts to refute Republican talking points and the condemnation of Paul Krugman.
Allen Litten (“Krugman the shill,” Jan. 21) continues the diatribe offering more opinions minus facts. Litten claims, “Republicans are not enemies of the poor,” a statement that belies their voting record to end unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people, to cut food stamps for 47 million who rely on them to eat, to oppose raising the minimum wage and to repeal Obamacare.
Litten says, “The Republicans want the poor to get out of poverty by jobs.” Why, then, did they block Barack Obama’s job initiative that would have, among other things, given tax breaks to companies that brought jobs back to the United States and eliminate them for companies that move abroad? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to amend the bill by (you guessed it) repealing Obamacare and extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich.
Contrary to Litten’s statement, Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty reduced poverty from 25.8 percent in 1967 to 16 percent in 2012.
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Republicans realize the need to talk more about poverty to be relevant. Hopefully, it’s not just empty rhetoric.