Monday December 10, 2018
Departing lawmaker misunderstands his opposition.
Of all the things to take issue with in U.S. Rep's Ryan Costello's self-indulgent swan song, the most objectionable might be his dismissal of hundreds if not thousands of his constituents as the “angry left” (“Costello pulls no punches on way out,” Reading Eagle, Dec. 3).
One doesn't have to be on the left to be angered by the impact of Costello's votes, such as his support of the Republican tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the rich, balloons the deficit, and demonstrably does not offer the job-boosting benefits Costello claims. One doesn't have to be on the left to be angered by the spineless complicity of Costello's Republican colleagues in Congress, who have abetted the most corrupt and authoritarian president in living memory.
Costello is unwilling to take any responsibility for his party having become the party of President Donald Trump. Even though he distances himself from the president's most vulgar behavior, that's what any civilized person would do, left, right or center. We're not angry with him for Stormy Daniels; we're angry with him for voting in line with Trump 95.5 percent of the time, and for writing critics off with a label.
Costello wrong to attack critics