I keep waiting for the Republican Party to show some respect for the poor and to stop doing the bidding of the 1 percent. But then I saw that Republicans cut back funding for food stamps while providing more tax dollars for corporate-operated farms.

Even Sun columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. recognizes that the Republican Party needs to be revitalized ("Nine ideas to revive the Republican Party," Feb. 9). However, his nine tips are hardly the needed elixir.

For example, the greatest problem facing this country is wasting tax dollars on military spending and the dirty wars undertaken by our government. Mr. Ehrlich pays no attention to the crisis that military spending is 50 percent of discretionary spending. These wasted tax dollars could instead be used to revitalize cities and states.

Another major problem we face is climate chaos. Last week, for example, my neighborhood lost both water and electricity to the "polar vortex." While the former governor calls for "an energy revolution," his solution is way off base. Instead of endorsing renewable energy sources and conservation, he promotes the false promise of fracked "natural" gas. Hydraulic fracturing of shale to extract gas has been an environmental disaster and should be banned in Maryland.

Nor did the Republican Party standard bearer in Maryland suggest ending the war on the poor. His solution to ease poverty is "freedom." Does he really believe this will make a dent in the chasm of income inequality?

He ignores the maddening Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to buy legislators. If Mr. Ehrlich were serious about Lincoln's party winning back the White House, the would have called for a complete overhaul of the GOP's thinking, which is currently aimed to benefit only the 1 percent.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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