Berry: An Open Letter to My Representative and SenatorWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Representative Kaptur and Senators Brown and Portman:
In his July 29 press conference, President Obama urged Americans to contact their elected representatives about the need to take action concerning the federal debt ceiling.
In compliance with his wishes, I urge you to vote:
- YES to reduce spending and the deficit;
- YES for a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget; and,
- NO on any mandated increase in revenues whatsoever, through either creation or increase of any tax, penalty or fee.
You may dismiss this as the unreasonable wishes of one mere constituent. But not only does this reflect the will of a great many of my fellow citizens, it is also an expression of reality and fundamental common sense.
That harsh world of limited or diminished income and forced reductions in spending is the reality in which we, your constituents, live. We must limit our spending because, unlike the government, we cannot indefinitely spend more money than we make. In glaring contrast to the President’s and Vice-President’s notions, we cannot spend our way out of financial hardship, personally or nationally.
Unlike the government, when our overspending catches up to us, we cannot simply fire up the presses and print more money; neither can we confiscate money from others to pay for our profligacy. In our world, those are crimes. In yours, it is business as usual.
Unlike the government, we have to earn our money; and even then our getting paid depends on the success or failure of our employers, rather than our being able to extort more from them. Neither can the self-employed among us arbitrarily increase their prices, as does the government, in the confidence that customers are forced by law to pay what they demand.
Moreover, if revenue shortfalls contribute to the deficit, then you must take action that allows the economy to generate significantly more taxable revenue, rather than merely steal more of the little that is being created. Contrasted to the growth that took place from 2002 through 2006 following the Bush tax cuts, the abysmal growth rate in the economy since 2007 testifies to the failure of progressive policies to accomplish this. Rather than increasing revenues, tax increases imposed while the economy remains stagnant will only further impede both recovery and revenue growth.
We, your constituents, are fed up with the government enslaving us and our children to preposterous burdens of indebtedness because it thinks itself exempt from sanity. We are fed up with career politicians whose votes encourage this madness at the expense of liberty and prosperity, both present and future. Raising the debt ceiling will do no more to instill fiscal responsibility in the government than an addiction is cured by giving the addict a fix; indeed, former Speaker Pelosi’s ludicrous claim, “What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget . . . We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today,” is nothing more or less than the raving of an addict in dread of the agony of withdrawals.
You are also urged to vote YES for a resolution that will tie your pay to your constituents’ discretionary income, which is gross income less taxes and necessities. The legislation you pass affects our discretionary income by impacting job creation, our employers’ ability to pay high wages or give raises, the taxes we pay, and the cost of necessities. Therefore, I think that you should be penalized or rewarded accordingly. Pass legislation that leaves more money in our pockets, and get a raise. Pass legislation that takes more from us, and more will be taken from you. Sound fair? It does to me.