Years ago, I’d chuckle to hear people say that the Democrats are for the poor and the Republicans are for the rich. It was a simplistic way of describing the two parties.

But now, I’m not sure they were that far off.

The difference today is the poor are on public assistance, and the rich can afford both the necessities and the luxuries of life. What about the working poor and the middle class? They often have to work a second job to put braces on the kids or send them to college. Low pay and lousy medical insurance usually means no savings and high debt.

The middle class pays the lion’s share of taxes, but who represents them?

Don Bernier, Lewiston


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