One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example.
Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white. That is exactly why Mr. Ryan's comments are racist. Why didn't he mention the work ethic of poor rural communities?
If Republicans want their arguments against entitlements to be taken seriously, they should stop ignoring the huge numbers of poor white citizens who depend on them. If Governor Ehrlich expects his column to be taken seriously, he should stop contradicting his statements a few sentences after he makes them.
Dan Gugliuzza, Baltimore
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