|Wealthy, big corporations getting too many tax breaks|
The following is a letter I just sent to Senator Ron Johnson, edited to fit newspaper requirements:
Dear Sen. Johnson:
I came to your site to respond to your email to me which wouldn’t allow me to respond.You said, “Ten years ago the federal government spent $2 trillion. Last year, we spent $3.5 trillion. Ten years from now, President Obama proposes spending $6 trillion. On our current path, our debt would increase from $16.4 trillion to $26.1 trillion —$76,380 for every man, woman and child in America, compared to $21,549 just 10 years ago.”
To go from $2 trillion to $3.5 trillion in 10 years, or to go from individual debt of $21,000 to $76,000 in 20 years is an increase of roughly 6% per year — a bit less than the increase in wages for the top 2% of our population, yet a considerably higher increase per year than average workers received in their paychecks. When you look at numbers like $21,000 or $76,000 in debt for an average American, those numbers are staggering — especially since average workers’ incomes have not increased.
Most people pay Social Security tax on every penny they earn. Why shouldn’t the wealthy do the same? Why should they get a break once they’ve earned $108,000? Yet, you and other Republicans fight to protect the wealthy.
You continue to fight for tax breaks and subsidies for large corporations. That is by far the biggest welfare scam out there — the idea that for-profit corporations can’t “pull themselves up by the bootstraps” as Republicans suggest welfare recipients do is absurd.
A huge portion of our military spending is due to legislators satisfying the desires of military contractors that support political campaigns and/or are located in certain politicians’ districts — not essential expenditures for the protection of America.
Of 37 industrialized nations, America ranks dead last when it comes to health care and our cost is roughly double what the next most expensive country pays, all while leaving roughly one-sixth of our population with little to no health care coverage. Other countries have implemented better health care programs for their citizens.
Big corporations in general are all for-profit entities that have paid to put you and other Republicans in office because you will all loyally do their bidding. Yes, Democrats are bought and paid for as well, but the difference is, Democrats are largely supported by grass roots organizing and non-profit groups. Those groups include unions, human rights groups, equal rights organizations, environmental groups, clean energy, etc. These are groups primarily supported by the interests of millions of people, not just a few at the top.
The problem with America today isn’t a matter of who gets what tax breaks, who receives government assistance, abortion rights, gay rights, clean energy or any of the issues commonly discussed. There is no such thing as “reasonable debate” over the issues, since you and virtually all of Congress are being paid by big money interests to take specific stands on issues benefitting those powerful interests. It is no wonder why Americans can’t trust politicians.
This country was founded on the premise of “one man/one vote,” yet all those powerful money interests grant extreme power and influence to a wealthy few —far greater than any average American. How can you possibly justify this? How can you look at yourself in the mirror and not recognize sociopathic tendencies?
You are a good “company man” Ron Johnson. Unfortunately, you’re not working for “We, the people.”
|Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:06 PM|