Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Open Letter to Congress

As a United States citizen, I implore you to STOP playing politics with our economy, our future, and our lives. The economic mess this country is in is NOT just one administration’s fault. The stage was set during the Reagan administration, aided way too much during the George W. Bush administration, and we are now reaping the effects. Two unfunded wars, years and years of subsidies for big energy, multiple tax loopholes for the 1%, and too much spending by the Obama administration to try to dig out of the huge hole that’s been created have all been factors in our current economic morass.

We need spending cuts, yes, but we also need to stop subsidizing big energy and stop allowing the 1% to have a lower tax rate than any of the 99%! The fact that huge companies are able to post $1 billion+ profits and not pay a dime in taxes is unconscionable. The idea of fair taxes means that EVERYONE and EVERY CORPORATE ENTITY pays their fair share. If “corporations are people,” then they most certainly should be paying taxes just like most “people.”

President Obama’s plan to work on our country’s infrastructures while creating jobs is a good one. Heaven knows we need to improve our roads and bridges (did you learn NOTHING from the bridge collapse in Minneapolis?!). And our power grid is a conglomeration of bailing twine and bubblegum…we need to drag the entire country’s power grid into the dang 21st century.

But in addition to creating jobs while making our country better, we do need to cut spending. The Simpson Bowles plan was a good one; unfortunately, it was one that everyone in Congress chose to ignore and even vilify. It’s time to give that plan it’s full due and actually utilize at least SOME of the plan’s recommendations.

For once, could you just please put the COUNTRY and her CITIZENS first, rather than your party and your contributors first?! Set aside party affiliation, contributor pressure, and trying to be a part of the group….take a stand to put COUNTRY first and party dead last.

Thank you for your time.

A very frustrated, disappointed-in-Congress, part-of-the-99% constituent.
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Little ones, if you care, write/call/email your senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., now! Let them know your thoughts on this economic mess, and implore them to stop the bipartisanship and start putting COUNTRY first.

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