Why I'm a Republican
To the editor:
In answer to Mr. McCandless' letter of Feb. 19, I want to tell why I'm a Republican.
We do not believe that prisoners of war should be tortured. We believe that experts of interrogation should apply enough pressure to prisoners of war to get the information necessary to save the lives of our soldiers and civilians alike. If the prisoners undergo extreme discomfort in the process, let them realize they are on the wrong side. It's the price they pay. Secondly, what we do is no comparison to sawing off the head of Daniel Pearl. Now, that is torture. That's what the other side does.
We believe that the defense of the country against any and all enemies is the primary responsibility of the federal government. If it takes wiretapping suspected terrorists in order to prevent further attacks, so be it. Most Americans would rather be safe than cater to the "rights" of those who intend to attack us as in 9/11.
Tax breaks for the poor don't exist because the poor don't pay taxes. Tax breaks for the "rich" give them the incentives to expand their businesses to provide jobs for the poor. Why would they want to expand their businesses if the government was just going to take away their profits through taxation? They need all the breaks they can get - for the good of all!
Perhaps Mr. McCandless is not speaking of socialized medicine in his compassionate desire for everyone to be able to have access to "good and affordable" health care. I hope not. Everywhere socialized medicine is tried, it fails. Witness the people from countries who have socialized medicine coming to America to get their procedures done, because it takes many months of waiting in their countries, whose governments are in charge of health care. Some of their cancer patients are not even told that they have cancer, because the treatment is too expensive for the government to grant it to all who need it. If the patient is getting old anyway, why bother? Spare us that kind of health care!