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Safety nets in peril

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:19 p.m.

I call it stealth politics. The GOP has been using it for over two decades now. They run campaigns on populist ideas and fearmongering, promising to give back to the country what they have taken away ­— vaguely outlined plans that are quickly forgotten after they are elected.

Once they are in office, we see their hidden agenda, now once again, is to privatize our country's safety nets, enriching their lobbyist backers on Wall Street while the poorest and most vulnerable of our country are put at risk.

Both Pat Toomey and Donald Trump campaigned with lies that they would preserve programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; now we see that everyone, red and blue, has been lied to.

Please tell your elected officials to strengthen our safety nets; don't cut, gut or gift them to Wall Street.

Joseph Lucas

South Side

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