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“Huge sums for war, tax breaks for the rich, while wanting deep
cuts to programs working people need--that is the Republican
budget plan.” --Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Dearest Republican Senators:
How do you pull it off?
Targeting the rednecked, ill-educated, low-income
John Bircher, KKK, racist, & sexist citizens,
who consistently support you at their own peril,
somehow you have wrested away control of the majority in
the U.S. Senate, continued to sugar-coat & spin the
vast majority of facts that confront you, & have led the most
shameful attack of a sitting President
in the entire history of our country.
You deny responsibility masterfully,
as hard data is revealed concerning
your misdeeds; facts like--
When Bill Clinton left office in 2001,
America had a 230 billion dollar surplus.
After two terms, when George W. Bush left office
in 2009, this country was left with a 1.3 trillion dollar deficit.
Continuing to point the blame at the Democrats,
the Republicans, who had taken us into wars in Iraq
& Afghanistan, running up the cost to trillions of dollars,
now, it seems, that in order to deal with this deficit,
they want to slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security
education & nutritional programs.
Nobody who works a 40-hour week, should be living below
the poverty line. In the last two years,
the 14 wealthiest Americans earned
a 157 billion dollar increase in their net worth,
which exceeds the combined income
of the lowest 40% of our population.
In addition another study revealed that
the top 1% earn more income than the bottom 50%;
can you spell inequity?
Most of our highways & bridges
are in terrible shape, crumbling, unsafe, ignored;
We spend more money on our military budget, something like six
trillion dollars, more than 90% spent by all the other
countries in the world combined, sending the cream
of our youth to spill their blood in the Middle East.
Why in God’s name can’t we spend 1 trillion dollars
on rebuilding America’s infrastructure, creating safer
transportation & new jobs?
And what about our soaring costs for a college education,
creating student indebtedness that will take decades to repay?
While 25% of all large corporations in this country
pay no federal income tax at all, & another
50% receive huge Republican-created tax breaks.
Middle class youth cannot afford college.
It is essential that corporations need to pay their fair share,
so that we can reduce educational costs
to the realm of affordable.
Even though I realize
that my complaints will go unheeded,
my data will be discredited,
my concerns will not be addressed,
my children & grandchildren’s future is in jeopardy, &
my efforts to get your attention are fruitless, still
I feel better uttering these shameful facts,
rather than watching the disintegration
of democracy mutely, dispassionately,
just enabling You to have your way with
this country without a fuss.
I remain ashamed of your greed, deceit, & apathy,as I gird my loins for the 2016 presidential election.
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