Today’s L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Look who needs the government
It is with condolences for the Texas residents who have been devastated by the wildfires that I find it a bit ironic that their anti-government-spending governor is asking Washington for help, having had seven federal grants approved for the latest inferno. As the article points out, the state recently cut funding for volunteer fire departments by 75%. I wonder what the net gain will now be in calculating those savings.
Along with the slate of current GOP presidential hopefuls, Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t believe in government. Furthering their distrust of government is their debunking of scientific, factual data relative to climate change. I wonder: As they hear God talking to them, what’s the message?
Well, how dare you? The Times actually writes that Perry appealed for federal assistance to help fight the fires raging in Texas. Everyone should know that Perry would never ask for federal assistance. That would make him the biggest hypocrite in the Republican race.
Rep. Michele Bachmann could explain that the federal payouts to her family farms were really to other family members, and her lobbying for federal money for a new bridge is, well, helpful.
To hear The Times tell it, Republicans are happy to denounce the government and use it for their benefit at the same time.