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Your Views: Global financial system excludes poor among us

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December 11, 2013

Well, Wisconsin citizens, it’s time to talk about poverty, compassion and the widening gap between the haves and have-nots.

A recent opinion article in the Madison Capitol Times states that Pope Francis has voiced concern about the current “economy of exclusion and inequality.” The article also quotes Pope Francis as talking about “the laws of competition in which the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

It is difficult to believe in trickle-down economic theories because how can we trust those who have economic power to bring about economic justice and inclusiveness? Isn’t it true that the austerity agenda of the Republican Party seeks to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

The impression is that tea-party politicians especially emphasize austerity and greed, and they worship their ideology. Tea-party politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives have voted unanimously to cut billions of dollars from the food stamp program.

My thought is that the tea party’s heroine is Ayn Rand, a self-proclaimed atheist who in her books emphasizes selfishness and lack of concern for other people. Where is the concern and compassion for the have-nots, for those who need a safety net?

Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system that excludes the poor. Finally, I see greed and selfishness in the way our governor and state tea-party legislators have handled our BadgerCare and Medicaid programs. Don’t they have relatives or friends who need these programs?

LEON K. FREEBURG

Janesville



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