Re "Jobless facing 'cliff' cutoff" (Page A1, Dec. 1): While the "fiscal cliff" terminology is overkill, the jobless is one segment of society for whom the term "cliff" is appropriate. The reality of knowing that in the near future, you will be one step closer to being part of our homeless community is more than sobering. It's flat-out frightening.
But then fear is what the current GOP does best. Republicans were trounced in the election because of just this sort of "Why should I care?" attitude.
The person who has been looking for a job needs a government that is prepared to help, not threaten. The needs of people during this season of hope, or any season, don't seem to make any difference in the world of the entitlement-curbing Republican Party.
To anyone paying attention, the compassionate conservative is dead, and the replacement party needs a conscience.
-- Kathleen Mast, Sacramento
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