Not all middle-class Republicans endorse arrogant and condescending Republican leadership rhetoric that stereotypes modest-income citizens as “freeloaders.”
The corporate super-rich and politicians also piggyback on government. Republican-favorable “red” states depend on Republican earmarks. Middle-class Republicans are usually treated as intellectual inferiors, as witnessed in most Republican gatherings. Autonomous power, greed and immunity from public scrutiny relies on reducing middle-class vigilance over their rights while desperately clinging to a thinning economic lifeline.
Corporate lobbyists forge partnerships with self-serving politicians to preserve U.S. tax-free overseas profits at the expense of exporting jobs overseas.
Not all middle class people are “envious,” as Mitt Romney has claimed, of the super rich, because achieving wealth at the expense of exploiting and scamming others is not an admirable moral value.
Gail E. Neira
San Francisco Republican Alliance
It was nice of the tourists to thank the people of San Francisco for helping them (“Tourists thank Samaritans,” Letters, Wednesday). I hope their feelings don’t sour when they get the bill. An ambulance ride and stitches at St. Francis hospital will likely cost more than round-trip airfare and a two-week stay at the St. Francis Hotel.
Thank you for your editorial (“Healthy S.F. fees shouldn’t go to business owners,” Sept. 11). As a member of the mayor-appointed task force that helped design Healthy San Francisco, I recall the restaurant owners’ representative on that body claiming that this program would force many eateries out of business. That has not happened. That particular restaurateur has even opened more sites, while others who were complaining became silent on the issue.
Relatively simple calculations warned us that some could take advantage of the program by charging fees for health benefits but pocketing some of the money — fraud, in other words — and some of us are unfortunately not surprised that this seems to have happened in some cases.
I commend Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and others who are attempting to enforce the true intent of Healthy San Francisco and hope they are successful, for the benefit of our city’s residents and patients.
San Francisco Medical Society
To the letter writer who suggested that your paper drop Melissa Griffin (“Ditch ‘tedious’ columnist,” Letters, Wednesday), I say, “au contraire.”
I, too, do not agree with much of Ms. Griffin’s prattle. However, this is what makes for a well-rounded and full view of the topic at hand. What a sad circumstance it would be to have but one opinion of all subjects. Variety is key in America the beautiful.
William J. Coburn
In reference to the letter about Asian-American voters (“Asian-American voter backs Obama,” Wednesday), what the letter writer said is true, but is only half the picture. Vietnamese-American voters’ political inclination has a lot to do with where they live. Vietnamese-American voters in Southern California are, like the majority living there, conservative and support whomever is on the GOP ticket.
There is a myth among Vietnamese-Americans, especially the older generation, of the GOP being anti-Communist and they love that.
This liberal Vietnamese-American voter will, like the letter writer, vote for President Barack Obama.