I sent this email to President Obama a few minutes age. I doubt I’ll get an answer, but it felt good to get it off my chest. It is a little tersely written — they only allow 2500 characters.
I have read two trial balloons about cuts to Social Security and its current beneficiaries that the Administration is considering (changing COLA comp from using CPI-W to using C-CPI-U and increasing the retirement age.) These are both unacceptable to the vast majority of Americans. Your constituency? Remember them. I do favor raising the covered earnings CAP back to 90%, where it was throughout most of SSA’s history. But none of this is pertinent to deficit reduction. Social Security has contributed not one cent to the budget deficit or to the national debt. As a matter of fact, the four SSA trust funds own about 20% of the national debt. That’s the real reason that Republicans want to cut Social Security, so they wont have to repay what the Federal government owes Social Security. Cutting Social Security has nothing to do with reducing the national debt. To say anything else is to lie. You should know better than this.
Tax the rich. That is also hugely popular among the Americans. The millionaires and billionaires, and their corporations, have gotten away with murder for 10 years now. It is time they lose their free ride.
You have caved in to the Republicans so many times that I consider you to be either a Republican yourself, or a paid shill for them. For once, prove me wrong. You cannot negotiate with people whose avowed aim is to cause the American economy to fail, so that the Democrats will take the blame. Right now the distinction between Republican and Democratic positions couldn’t be clearer to Americans. Don’t muddy things up by agreeing with them again. You wouldn’t pet a mad dog. The Republicans are no better.
Anyway, Wall Street and the big corporations, who stand to lose a lot of money if the US defaults, will not let it happen. They will call their Republican lapdogs, and order them to make the deal. After all, they own them outright, and the Republicans will do what their corporate masters tell them to do. All of this dancing and posturing that is going on now is Kabuki.
My question is this — are you one of the corporate controlled lapdogs too?
I still resent being called “purist” and “sanctamonious” by you, and a “f***ing moron” by that immoral creature who was your chief of staff. If it is these things to have principles, and to be a “f***ing moron” to express tham, then give me principles every time. What happened to your principles? I believed in you, once. Now I pray for a primary challenger to you.