To the editor:

According to President Donald Trump and the national conservative news media, someone who simply supports a federal government social program that helps people such as Social Security and Medicare is a "crazy socialist."

If we go by that definition, then that would make Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon "crazy socialists" because they both signed into law/existence new federal government social programs that helped people, and they both supported Social Security.

In fact, Eisenhower wrote a letter to his brother in which he stated that any Republican who wanted to abolish Social Security was "stupid."

It appears that conservative Republicans have become a lot more conservative and "stupid" since around 1980, because we sure do have a lot of them nowadays who do want to abolish Social Security and move our country toward a "survival-of-the-fittest" social Darwinism.

For example, I recently saw President Trump's "Acting Chief of Staff" and "Budget Director" Mick Mulvaney on television. When he was a congressman, he was a favorite of "The Tea Party" and was well-known for stating that Social Security was a "Ponzi scheme," that it was "unconstitutional" and that it should be abolished.

More and more, today's national Republican Party stealthily advocates and stands for a crazy, creeping and cold-hearted "survival-of-the-fittest" social Darwinism where there are no federal government social programs to help the lower and middle classes.

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, N.Y.

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