Is Tom Bethell's article (Editorial Pages, Nov. 28), "Reagan's Just an Old Softie," the reactionary right's new party line? If so, then Bethell and the other planners at the Hoover Institution, the conservative "think" tank, had better review Reagan's record of compassion.
He has slashed social welfare programs to the bloody bone, leaving this richest of all nations with 10 million hungry people and a drifting population of homeless, many of who freeze to death without a word of sympathy from the "Old Softie."
The poor have no recourse to our much acclaimed "justice for all" since Reagan's budget-slashing reduced the function of legal aid services to one of minimal assistance in only the most urgent cases.
Has he shown compassion to small farmers forced into bankruptcy and, in some cases, suicide? Has he even mentioned the thousands of deaths directly attributable to removing 273,000 people from the Medicaid rolls in one year alone?