Letter: Helping the rich and hurting the poor is wrong policy

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 06:40 PM

To the editor:

When the Son of Man comes in clouds of glory with all the angels around him, I wonder how our state legislators will justify themselves when he asks them what they have done for “the least of these my brethren.” Every prophet from Amos to Zephaniah said that God wants society to take care of the poor and needy. So did John the Baptist, James and, most important, Jesus himself.

So how do our state legislators plan to stand before God’s throne of judgment and claim virtue in making life harder for the unemployed and raising sales taxes, which hit the poor the hardest, all while giving tax cuts to fat cats who make money from sending our jobs overseas?

I wrote Edgar Starnes and Dan Soucek and asked when in the past 112 years — the 20th century and 12 per cent of the 21st — raising taxes on the poor through sales taxes while cutting taxes for the rich had resulted in better times for North Carolina’s economy. They have staff who can easily look up such figures, so surely they could tell me.

As usual, Dan Soucek ignored my question and never answered my inquiry. Edgar Starnes wrote back and said only that he did not support the Senate version of the state budget. Fine, since the Senate version was harsher on the poor than the House version, but the House budget still violates everything the Bible teaches about taking care of the poor.

So my question is, where is the righteousness in cutting off unemployment benefits that are not funded with state money, cutting off Medicaid that is not funded with state money, and raising sales taxes, making it harder for poor people to live within their means?

Thomas E. Blanton

Granite Falls