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I always communicate with my elected representatives via their FAX number. I consider it the most effective way to let them know I am serious on an issue, because it is my dime I am dropping for the phone charges. It also avoids the delays of surface mail on timely issues. It also avoids the ease with which they choose to ignore electronic email communication, and petitions that were generated online.

But to the point. The FAX below was sent, summarizing my thoughts on the looming disaster they have all created because they are the most dysfunctional and hypocritical Congress in the history of this Republic.

This went to Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Coats, Rep. Young IN-9, Boehner, Pelosi, and the White House.

Polite words cannot express the sheer disgust I feel towards Congress at the moment over the latest manufactured, self-inflicted crisis, the sequester.

It epitomizes the deceitful and hypocritical and dysfunctional representation we have in Congress, especially in the Republican Party.

John Boehner and the GOP are totally responsible for this mess. They came up with this plan, because they as a party refuse to acknowledge the simple fact that their root ideology is bankrupt and has been proven historically wrong. Their pathetic lying word juggling the past two weeks trying to blame this mess on Obama has cemented their place in history as the most bald face, lying, scheming hypocrites ever to serve in elected national office. They and their party are a laughing stock.

You cannot cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations to the lowest levels in their history and sustain government and services. And you cannot continue to pretend that government is evil. Good government is absolutely necessary, to regulate commerce, and to protect citizens from the crimes of the corporate vultures that have brought this nation to its knees economically with the collapse of 2008, that was a direct result of deregulation and their criminal activity.

Big government is not the problem. BAD government is the problem. And the GOP have forever defined what bad government is.

The answer to this problem is blindingly simply. Congress must do two things this week.

First, simply cancel the sequester. It is completely within their power. All they have to do is introduce a bill and vote on it. The whole process could be completed in both houses in about an hour.

Then they have to face the reality, and that is simple: you cannot balance the budget or reduce the national debt by cuts alone. It is time to restore revenue collection to rational levels, and it is time to end the corporate welfare charade that is subsidizing massively profitable businesses like big oil and General Electric to the point that do not pay ANY taxes, much less the supposed corporate rate that is on the books.

Letting these cuts go into effect is going to have a dramatic negative effect immediately, one that will drag down an economy that is still struggling to recover from a recession that was really almost as bad as the Great Depression.

These cuts will mean layoffs of air controllers, social security workers, teachers and workers caring for our children. They will hurt the men and women serving in our armed forces. They will shut down the National Weather Service. Many of the cuts are targeted at the most vulnerable in our society. Note that I am in favor of cuts in the military establishment, for that is the most bloated and wasteful spending burden on this country, having grown like a cancer since 9/11, and there are literally billions that could be saved by ending the waste in military contracts, which has become another form of corporate welfare.

Most of all, I am totally opposed to this so-called Grand Bargain, where there are cuts in Social Security and Medicare and other services to Americans. Those two, in particular, are not welfare programs, and it disgusts me to be told I am a welfare queen for wanting back the money that I paid in to those two savings programs since the 1960's, my entire adult working life, over fifty years of continuous employment. That is not welfare money. That is my retirement savings. And it is not the cause of our economic problems in any event. It is just the target of those who do not believe in government, and want to drown it in the bathtub and destroy it.

Quoting from the National Academy of Social Insurance study, it is clear that an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with me.

Large majorities of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, agree on ways to strengthen Social Security — without cutting benefits. Fully 74% of Republicans and 88% of Democrats agree that “it is critical to preserve Social Security even if it means increasing Social Security taxes paid by working Americans.”

When asked the same question about increasing Social Security taxes for better-off Americans, 71% of Republicans and 97% of Democrats agree. Social Security taxes are paid by workers and their employers on earnings up to a cap ($113,700 in 2013). About 5% of workers earn more than the cap.

http://www.nasi.org/...

Just remove the caps on taxation of earnings for both Social Security and Medicare. Those two problems are solved in ten years. End of discussion.

There is one thing members of Congress need to be certain of, especially the GOP. They are the only ones buying their bullshit lies anymore. They created this mess because they are the ones unwilling to negotiate and find a means to solve this nation's economic problems.

Most important, they are the ones unable to admit that their ideology is a sham, and that cutting taxes will not produce jobs, it will not produce a strong middle class, it will not restore American manufacturing. It has, in fact, almost destroyed the American Middle Class, and reduced this nation to a shadow of its former self. We are not Number 1. We lag so far behind the developed western democracies in all measures, personal wealth, health care, anything you can name, that it is truly tragic.

Meanwhile, these same elected representatives have allowed a massive transfer of wealth to the 1% over the past three decades, and to the corporate oligarchy, to the point that 1% of the people of this nation now own 45% of all wealth. But that is not enough. They want it all. And Congress is intent on facilitating that final transfer, leaving the 99% as wage slaves, with no insurance, no support in their old age, and no health care.

Cancel the sequester. And get to work on a mix of cuts and taxes to produce revenue, and set this nation back on track. And if you cut Social Security and Medicare, then be assured, I and millions of other voters will be seeing you at the ballot box during the next election. And it will not be to cast a vote for you.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:50:05 AM PST

  •  you still need a cap (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VClib, Roadbed Guy

    It wouldn't be fair to a person making a million dollars a year to take SS taxes to an unlimited level because the benefits they get are still limited.
    I agree the cap is to low and should probably double. That level was set 30 years ago when that was big money.    
     

  •  Dear.. (2+ / 0-)
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    JustinBinFL, Roadbed Guy

    ..HeartlandLiberal:

    Settle down.

    You really think we give a crap what you think?

    This may come as a shock to you, but we love the sequester.

    Put it this way:  If your job allowed you to log a series of incidents to take place a month of now provided you fuck up over the next month, wouldn't you do it?

    Of course you would.

    You would list several items that are automatically activated at the end of the month, all items meant to cover your ass for being an irresponsible fuck-up over that allotted time period.

    Best part is your boss signs on to it.

    The fact your insane plan is going to hurt the company thereby risk the jobs of all other employees who work for the company...who gives a fuck!

    Remember, your boss has signed on to this.  You are in the clear.

    So please STFU about the sequester.

    If you think Washington politicians are in Washington to serve your every whim...all we can say is it's time leave your mother's basement & get a life.

    Sincerely Yours,

      Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Coats, Rep. Young IN-9, Boehner, Pelosi, and the White House.

    P.S.
    Please visit our ActBlue page & donate.  Evil Republicans are lurking on the horizon, & only with your money being wired into our coffers can the Republican invasion be thwarted.

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    by wyvern on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:07:15 AM PST

  •  Here's a good sequester factsheet, from Ornstein (0+ / 0-)

    & Mann:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    Their conclusion...it's not about the money for Republicans, rather about destroying the government.

  •  Heartlandliberal - there is no cap on Medicare tax (0+ / 0-)

    The cap on earning for Medicare was removed some years ago and if fact this year for the first time also includes investment income, including capital gains. Those changes have not solved the looming crises in Medicare expenses and funding.

    The Defend Social Security Group is having a series of diaries later this month and I am writing on the issue of the cap. There are important, fundamental, reasons for the cap, which has been raised multiple times. It should be raised again, but removing the cap would result in participants with exceptionally large SocSec benefits or would change SocSec to an income redistribution program which it was very specifically designed by FDR not to be.

    Regarding air traffic controllers I saw Ray LaHood state that there would be a reduction in hours, but no layoffs.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:42:29 AM PST

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