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Letter: Where is the compassion?

Although George Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative,” the present-day Republicans seem to have dropped the word “compassionate” from their dictionary. Look at their last actions.

In the closing days of the last congressional session, the House didn’t pass the full bill to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy after two months. (It took 10 days after Katrina.) Sixty-seven Republicans even voted against authorizing money for paying flood insurance.

Another undone deed was the House’s refusal to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Majority Leader Eric Kantor lead the opposition because of the addition of protection for LGBT (lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender), native American women, and undocumented women. The VAWA has been renewed twice with bipartisan support and had even managed to get through the filibuster-prone Senate this time.

These people are especially vulnerable because tribal authorities cannot act on someone that is non-native. If a non-Indian assaults a woman on Indian land, tribal authorities can do nothing. The assailant normally goes free. Undocumented women seldom report any violence but this act would give a victim a temporary visa.

If you think the last Congress (which did less than the “Do-nothing Congress” which Truman ran against), was bad, you haven’t seen anything. The first bill introduced this time for the new Congress, by Michele Bachmann — was to repeal Obamacare. The last session spent 88 hours and $50 million in 33 attempts to repeal it. If you think that has more than the proverbial snowball’s chance, remember the Senate gained two Democrats.

Next Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced a bill to deny citizenship to the children born in the U.S. of undocumented parents. Although he has 13 co-sponsors, the act is in direct opposition of the Fourteenth Amendment.

While both bills may delight some heartless people, whatever happened to compassion — and those jobs, jobs, jobs promised in 2010?

Barbara M. Edwards