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No matter what it is, Republicans are against it

LINDA WESTRICK

State College

In the 1932 film “Horse Feathers,” Groucho Marx sings,“Whatever it is, I’m against it.” Groucho was almost 90 years ahead of his time, as this sums up today’s Republican Party, in my opinion.

Accepting solid science, the dire predictions of climate change, and doing something about it? The Republicans are against it.

Promoting masks and vaccinations to stop a pandemic that has killed 625,000 Americans? The Republicans are against it.

Protecting and expanding voting rights for all and accepting fraud-free election results? The Republicans are against it.

And, in a recent move against one of the pillars of American growth and achievement, PA Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin County, has introduced a bill whose only purpose is to reduce support for public education. Public education? Republicans are against it.

Lewis’s bill would divert more school district dollars to charter and religious schools. And, it would expand the ability of businesses and individuals to divert their PA income taxes to “educational” projects that agree with their own political or religious interests.

Anyone can start a school. Just do the hard work of raising the money and go ahead. But the Republicans don’t want to do that work, they just want to siphon off your school tax dollars to support their philosophy under the false slogan of “school choice.”

Who knew Groucho would be the intellectual leader of today’s Republican Party? Scientific literacy on climate and a killer pandemic? Protecting democracy? Supporting public education? Whatever it is, the Republicans are against it.

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