Sunday, April 10, 2011

Letter to the President

The majority of Americans who work have income which is taxed at 25% or above. The wealthy send their money to work, and receive income in the form of capital gains and dividends; that income is taxed at 15%. Which should be considered more valuable, income from people doing actual work, or income from money which is doing the work? Conservatives think that if you have to work for a living, your income should be taxed at a much higher rate.

Conservatives also think that budget deficits should be eliminated without raising taxes on the wealthy. To balance the budget in the absence of revenue increases, spending cuts must be made. Conservatives are proposing a large number of cuts which will hurt millions, many of whom are poor, disabled, sick or elderly.

We elected Barack Obama in the hopes that he would help reign in 30 years of fiscal irresponsibility, 30 years of attacks on the middle class, 30 years of national debt increases (except during the Clinton years), and 30 years of massive deregulation and defunding of agencies with oversight responsibilities. But instead of getting FDR, we are getting Hoover. Where is the bold rhetoric? Where is the standing up for principles? Where is the kind of leadership this country desparately needs in the face of massive and continuous efforts by conservatives to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us?

We need someone who is not going to cave in on Social Security. Social Security is not an entitlement!

We need someone who is not going to agree to spending cuts without increases in revenue.

We need the prescription drug program fixed (allow negotiation on drug prices). We do not need to cut health care for seniors!

We don't need a Democratic president who buys into the conservative view. We have had 30 years of the conservative view. We need a president who will stand up for the values he espoused in his election campaign. We need a president who can articulate an alternative to the disasterous policies of the right, and who will be our last defense against greed run amok.

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