Letter: Report policy implications not fluff

Recently, The Gazette ran one of its frequent “puff pieces” on Sen. Chuck Grassley. In the central photo our dear 83-year-old millionaire representative is running down an escalator being pursued by an attractive young Washington Post reporter (March 26). What is he doing that puts a smile on his lips and a spring in his step? He is working hard to deprive 27 million Americans of decent health care and replace it with a phoney-baloney recently cobbled together mishmash that pretty much guarantees that anyone with a serious health problem or that has an accident will be headed for bankruptcy. Eighty percent of the money taken out of “Obamacare” is headed to tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year. He was also busy confirming a judge who apparently operates under the assumption that the rich and powerful should always prevail, even in court.

Since nothing warms the heart of a Grinch more than cruelty, Grassley must be thrilled to deny safety to refugees caused by our involvement in Mideast wars and gratified to be sending kids to countries that are unknown to them because they were brought here by parents with incomplete paperwork.

Perhaps The Gazette should spend more time reporting on his policies and their results for ordinary people. After all, the Big Bad Wolf had a nice smile.

Bob Yeats

Mount Vernon

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