I believe that Republicans are often misrepresented when it comes to caring for the poor through social programs. Let me be clear, I think that one of the greatest things about this country and state is that we care for our own. Problems arise through the abuse of programs when people go from taking a helping hand to reliance. This is still a land of opportunity. Let's help our young get established and educated. Let's help our elderly lead lives of dignity and have access to our world-class health care. Let's help our downtrodden get back on their feet and start to contribute to society once more. In short, everything we do must be tempered with common sense and a desire to help one another.