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Reader Opinion: What happened?

This is a puzzler. 1956 Republican Platform: 1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities. 2. Protect Social Security. 3. Provide asylum for refugees. 4. Extend minimum wage. 5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people.

This is a puzzler.

1956 Republican Platform:

1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities.

2. Protect Social Security.

3. Provide asylum for refugees.

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4. Extend minimum wage.

5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people.

6. Strengthen labor laws so workers can easily join a union.

What happened? Why did the Republicans abandon this platform that looks out for the "little guy" in favor of one that protects the special interests of corporations and the wealthy? Is it simply a matter of following the money?

It's a case of "they were for it before they were against it."

Are any Republicans reading this willing to step forward and explain the 180 degree change in philosophy? Probably not, but it would be interesting if they did try to defend this hypocrisy.

Brian Marsh

Brainerd

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