D. Merrill Adams, criticizing a letter I wrote, used the usual conservative tactics: He gave a false summary of what I said, and then proceeded to attack his straw man. He used not one single fact or concrete detail from my letter.
I don't mind conservatives criticizing what I write, but they shouldn't criticize what I didn't write.
He said that I was "full of (my) usual liberal viewpoints about government taking from one class to bestow charity on another class." I said nothing like that.
My letter, about President Obama's SOTU speech, made the point that his proposed programs were not only those a majority of Americans (including Republicans) want, but also uncontroversial in enlightened countries. Therefore, it is the Democratic Party that is mainstream, not the Republicans.
I never mentioned wanting government "largesse" as he accused. After all, it is our tax money and some of it being spent to benefit us is not largesse, but fairness.
Democrats demand fairness, not charity. However, we also believe that a civilized government is known by how it treats the most vulnerable among us and reducing Social Security disability benefits (which Republicans are trying now) is not civilized nor humane.
I did say that I defy anyone to cite any Republican program that didn't benefit the richest Americans at the expense of everyone else. I stand by that statement.
He apparently doesn't know that our current government routinely lets the foxes watch the henhouse: Lobbyists and billionaires write the legislation, always for their benefit at our expense. They are the ones taking more than they deserve, not working people. We are the ones paying the bills.