- - Sunday, February 2, 2020

I fear the Republican members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. They are much more conservative than are our conservative Republican citizens they are supposed to represent. While research indicates that 63 percent of Americans who identify as Republicans do not want Social Security benefits cut, my researched estimate is that 95 percent to 99 percent of Republicans in the House and Senate want to cut such benefits. My research and studies tell me that about 75 percent of these politicians would also love to abolish every other federal government social program that helps people, but will never admit to it publicly because they know that most Republicans would disagree with them. Tens of millions of Americans would be devastated if all of these programs were abolished.

Those who doubt my belief that most Republican members of the House and Senate are secretly survival-of-the-fittest-type social Darwinists should read the award-winning “Dark Money” by journalist Jane Mayer — and then tell me what they think.

STEWART B. EPSTEIN

Rochester, N.Y.

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