Letter: State of the Union

February 13, 2014 

The reflection in a mirror is actually a reverse image of reality, much like Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (R-Wash.) rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. She claimed “… we stand for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional. Our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.”

That sounds good, almost like a Democrat … but … the GOP voting record is a complete reverse of her claims. There was no compassion for those they voted off food stamps and unemployment benefits or those who suffered during their government shutdown. There is no compassion for women in GOP votes to control women’s health care choices or refusal to support equal pay for equal work. There is no compassion for black and Hispanic voters in creating obstacles to suppress their voting rights.

Their words, like that reverse image, don’t reflect reality or history or the GOP track record. But their voting record reflects how the GOP has turned its back on women, minorities the middle class, and the poor and needy. Until they put their votes where their mouths are, their words mean nothing.

TEX BEAUCHAMP, Meridian

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