Senator Patty Murray asked me for advice!
Deficit Reduction: I Want to Hear from You
Over the next few months, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will need to find a balanced approach to addressing our debt and deficit, growing our economy, and putting Americans back to work. As Co-Chair of this bipartisan commission, I am working hard to bring members together around a bipartisan plan that works for families in Washington state. But I also know that we have a difficult challenge in front of us and that we need to marshal every idea and resource we can to complete this difficult task. That’s why I want to hear from you.
Please go to my comment form where you can submit your new, innovative, and most importantly – practical – approaches that could be implemented by the Joint Select Committee to help move our country in the right direction. At this critical time for our country your involvement is important to ensuring that we can find common ground solutions that work for real families. I look forward to hearing your ideas.
How great is that? So this is my reply:
Dear Senator Murray:
The deficit is not the problem. The problem is that Obama and the Democrats, whom I supported faithfully from the time I was 21 until now, when I am 64, are collaborators with the Republicans in transferring every possible dollar from the poor and middle class to the richest Americans. Your task right now is to find even more creative new ways to “share the pain,” which means token cuts for the rich, and draconian losses for the rest of us.
This is what you should do to save money and turn this country around: make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, including Social Security taxes, stop the wars, expand Medicare to include everyone, withdraw from NAFTA and the other job-draining trade treaties, stop letting corporations hide their assets overseas, and invest in green energy programs (not oil tar sands or nuclear power) and public infrastructure. You could also pass union card check, so that workers could actually get union representation. It is thanks to my union that I have decent working conditions and pay. It is thanks to my husband’s union, the WEA, that he was able to retire. You used to be in the WEA; what happened?