Saturday, July 7, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
The Republicans claim to be the party of Christian values, but should that claim fall to the Democrats instead?
The GOP wants to defund Planned Parenthood, which would deprive thousands of women the opportunity to be screened for life-threatening illnesses. It would also deny poorer women birth control that would allow them to better plan their family. The GOP wants to alter or even eliminate Medicaid, which is being used by 7 of 10 elderly people in nursing homes. Most recently they passed a bill that would cut back on the “Meals on Wheels” program. So much for caring for the needy and elderly.
The GOP was reluctant to help ease student loan rates. College is already prohibitive for many young people. Republicans also want to cut back or eliminate “Pell Grants,” which is another way to deny young people access to college. So much for helping people improve their lives.
Children are not off limits. Cutting back on food stamps to deny millions of poor people food is another example of damning the poor and full speed ahead for the wealthy, as is cutting “Head Start” programs. Let us not forget the Dream Act, which the GOP helped write and did support until recently.
The essence of Christian values is to care for the needy and elderly and to make the lives of those around you better. Who best represents those Christian values?