Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re "Millions to feel food stamp cuts," Nov. 2
Cutting the food stamp and other domestic programs is contradictory to the image that the United States wishes to present to its citizens and the world as a generous and caring nation.
This ideal image is further contradicted by the enormous spending on the defense budget and the military/industrial complex, far surpassing the defense budgets of all other countries.
Looking at the statistics rather than the label "United States," our country's spending priorities do not show a benign nation.
This disparity in spending priorities reminds me of the former Soviet Union, where domestic spending — providing enough food and decent housing for its citizens — took a back seat to the defense budget. This is a disastrous model to emulate.
The concept of "defense" needs to be enlarged to include defense against hunger, squalid living conditions and huge disparities in opportunity.
The Republicans in Congress evidently believe poor people are lazy moochers. They don't understand why the poor don't get better jobs, why they don't go back to school or why they aren't rich. Those Republicans fail to grasp the definitions of "conditions" and "circumstances."
And the ones who call themselves Christians have no idea what that word actually means.
It is a sign of a failed democracy when we spend so much on our many wars and our national security and surveillance states, and so little on the food-stamp recipients who have to struggle to survive.