As very mature Texans of very modest means but ever-increasing interest and concern in the political process, we have been closely following the whole process the last few years, particularly the process which has led us to the current worries about this so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’
In addition, as folks of very modest means, it has been completely incomprehensible that Congress would fight so hard to protect the tax rates of millionaires and billionaires and yet be ready to cut and slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, the vital safety nets for our country. Furthermore, we would like to personally emphasize that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are NOT ‘entitlement’ programs, they are social insurance programs paid into by the very taxpayers who will suffer if these programs are slashed. And we and many others are well aware that a CRS study, corroborated by the CBO, determined that “tax cuts for the rich do not correlate at all with economic growth,” something common sense should have already told everyone. This CRS study was then suppressed, something that absolutely sickens us in its implications.
Here is what we are requesting from you: We ask you to abandon your no-tax oath and consider legislation on its own merits. We ask you, and encourage your colleagues, to go over the federal budget carefully and make wise and considered reductions, but we also ask you to remember that the monies paid to Social Security recipients go for food and other necessities. We ask that you remember that Medicare provides medical coverage for everyone over 65; it is not used for cruises and luxuries, and Medicaid is for the very poor.
Do you really want to be part of a Congress which will damage our country and its safety net, therefore its future, in order to protect the massive incomes of the unbelievably wealthy?
We have a terrible deficit caused by the errors of most of the members of this Congress.
It can be dealt with wisely or not. The choice is up to you.