To the Editor:
The famous poem by Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, who initially sympathized with the Nazis but who wound up in a concentration camp, applies to the Republican attack on Medicare.
The attack relies upon divide and conquer – undermine the program while keeping it in place for its predictably most vocal supporters – those 55 years old and older. Polls indicate the strategy is working – appealing to greed of the elderly is as effective as appealing to greed of anybody.
Consider the poem:
First they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Wake up my fellow seniors. Romney-Ryan have charted a course to undo Medicare for middle aged and younger folks. No worries, they say, the program will be there for us.
Meanwhile Ryan calls for $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, mostly for the very wealthy, accompanied by just $1.7 trillion in spending cuts. This would ensure the deficit will grow and mandate more humongous entitlement cuts down the line.
Then, there will be no one left to speak for us. This Republican game of greed and self interest won’t protect our health care coverage. We’re next.