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Some words for Congress

Posted: October 25, 2013 - 7:51am

An Open Letter to Speaker of the House, John Boehner:

I am one of the ordinary voters who live in Alaska. I pay income tax and have for a great number of years. I retired a year and a half ago at 76 years of age. For the past several years my tax share has been 25 percent of my net income. My gross income was less than one third of yours at its highest.

I appreciate your sticking to your moral convictions, but I do not feel that you should do it with my money and that of other taxpaying citizens. Under your directions the House or Representatives has not delivered a single bill that is of benefit to me or other taxpaying citizens. Under your directions the House of Representatives has voted unsuccessfully to undo a law that I consider necessary for the benefit of the citizens of this country and one that represents a move toward moral equity. I repeat — not a single bill representing me as an individual citizen has been passed.

Now, you have spent considerable time costing me more in taxes by bringing about the closure of the government and incurring enormous expenses that do not benefit me or any other citizens. In addition to this you are costing me and other taxpayers the salaries and benefits of all the other members of the House of Representatives and their staffs who were hired to do the country’s business. Little of the country’s important business has been done. Because of this egregious behavior, you are going to need to increase my taxes, but probably not your own. I perceive these actions as a form of undefined theft.

I take further issue to your taking direction from the Heritage Foundation and influencing your constituents to readjust their votes to accommodate this entity. This Foundation has not been authorized by a referendum of the voting public. Why are they able to tell you what to do? More importantly, why can you not make your own decisions? You have been elected by the people to represent them!

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KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 10/25/13 - 04:13 pm
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Liberal Mark Begich Didn't Represent Alaskans Either

What a bunch or left-wing garbage. With the Dems in control of the House, Senate and White House, we got the biggest socialistic grab in history - ObamaCare. Begich was a key vote in its passage - now he wants it delayed because it's a disaster.

How dare you attack the Republican House - they're the only thing protecting the American Dream.

Norseman
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Norseman 10/25/13 - 04:50 pm
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How dare you attack the

How dare you attack the Republican House - they're the only thing protecting the American Dream.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!

Suss
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Suss 10/25/13 - 09:44 pm
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KK88 Say What?

I think you don't like them Dems. So who is the real deal? You say who is terrible, please tell who we need to save us from ourselves. Maybe a new party, person, idea is the answer, I really am disgusted with all of them.

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 10/26/13 - 04:12 am
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Democrats = Debt

The Dems own ObamaCare and the debt has doubled under Obama. Low information voters cannot differentiate between the political parties.

Means tested welfare recipients in America now outnumber full-time workers.

Americans standard of living is falling and most of us - not on the government dole - are not pleased with the direction of the country mostly thanks to its liberal policies.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 10/26/13 - 08:55 am
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DC=Debt

Ronald Reagan tripled the debt in his tenure. The House is controlled by the Republicans. The people we continue to elect are the ones responsible for our poor financial condition. This didn't happen in one presidential cycle! We have arrived here after years of mismanagement!.

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 10/27/13 - 09:16 am
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Sam

You are the only individual who seems to understand.

"We have arrived here after years of mismanagement."

But what is the answer for hope? Please do not follow the others in believing some politician or political party will save the day. It seems we cling to hope and failure in some politician. The hope is not in politicians. The failure is however ours.

Norseman
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Norseman 10/27/13 - 11:33 am
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Ray, please do tell us where

Ray, please do tell us where the hope lays.
Does it lay with the militia?
Does it lay with secession?
Does it lay with an overthrow?

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 10/28/13 - 05:44 am
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Norseman

The people. The militia is for community defense. Secession was tried once and overthrow is just foolish talk. However if we started to tell congress some words of unity they would change their divisive behavior. How about it norseman can we agree the banks run our government? After all it was the words from Congress (both parties) to allow the banks to become bigger than ever after they bailed them out.

beaverlooper
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beaverlooper 11/02/13 - 03:37 pm
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on thing at a time

What I would like to see is for congress vote one one thing at a time.What I mean by that is a bill ought to be about a single item not having ,say, money for a highway in Florida being added as a rider on the defense bill or food stamps as part of the farm bill,or any one of a thousand things along those lines. If they voted on one item at a time they might have time to actually READ the bill and we, as voters, would know what their REAL voting record is. Many times a congressman/woman will vote against a bill they agree with because they don't agree with some add on that has nothing to do with the bill in question . Of course some of those votes become part of campaign attacks come election time.The most important thing for a member of congress these days is getting re-elected ,not what is best for the country.Our republic is broken and needs to be fixed.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/05/13 - 03:49 am
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Fixing

The question of repair can not be placed in the hands of the people. Who helped create this problem.Why should they?They are self serving,and to expect them to give back some of what they have usurped from the people.Forget about it.This type of activity has been in play since the Civil War.Which has been documented by a quote attributed to President Lincoln.This rip off is deeply rooted in politics,and I have serious doubts any change will happen.The crappy end of the stick will always be in the hands of the "VOTER".Truely! Let's place the blame Where it belongs-THE VOTERS.When change is expected.Voting the same person into office is a sign of INSANITY.Truly this country has one party.The CORPORATE PARTY.

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 11/05/13 - 07:20 am
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The Corporate Party.

But we always want to blame flawed Human beings. The root cause of the problems in our nation is the flawed people in it. Why do we think a system can change by electing good people. If systems were developed that had the checks and balances on people, we could improve the system. Until we start to accept "To Err is Human" and develop safe-guards in our economic system things will only get worse.

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Kimbo 11/05/13 - 11:05 am
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The Heritage Foundation and

The Heritage Foundation and ALEC, who are writing legislation at both the national and state level, are funded by the Koch brothers.

Ironically, the people pointing the finger at government taking from you, are the ones that previously lobbied the government to introduce speculation on oil, and have used this to make billions, from 5 billion to 50 billion in 8 years and it has climbed much higher since. (Goldman Sachs introduced the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index at the same time which is why food and everything else has climbed so high in conjunction with high gas prices)

The Koch brothers are the reason gas prices are so high, they are taking from everyone's pocket every day in gas, heat,cost of food prices and everything else rising due to shipping.

The cost of government is much higher due to gas prices, cost of energy, cost of gas for the military. The Koch brothers are driving the government into further debt for the billions they want to further lobby the government to make themselves even more money than they could possibly need in a hundred lifetimes.

The irony of the Koch brothers stealing from Republicans, using their ill gotten gains to brainwash them while they scream about the takers, like the children and disabled people that would like to eat and not starve to death while the Koch brothers claim their prosperity is under attack.

I imagine the Republican Party is in for a world of hurt when the people finally wake up to how they have been duped, but then, that might never happen because the egos of the Republican party members are so small they will not allow themselves to look at how they have been used and assumed to be incredibly stupid.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/05/13 - 11:44 am
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System

R.S.-Does not the Constitution have checks,and balances? So! We already have that system in place.Just doesn't feel like it though.Yes!To err is human.Just how many millions does a person need to steal?How many second chances does a person get?Making a mistake is natural,but one is suppose to learn,and not commit the same mistake.OUR Representatives are THIEVES,LIARS,and if they signed the pledge TRAITORS with absolutely NO regard for anyone other than themselves.

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 11/06/13 - 06:25 am
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Raoulduke

Self-Interest is the nature in all of us. It is not just in making mistakes but doing things that serve the self first. The founders did establish checks and balances. But the Constitution is hardly in use. The Constitution instructed Congress to create money and set the value. In 1913 Congress gave their responsibility to a private bank called the Federal Reserve. So a self-interest banking system was established. The bankers make interest on money created out of thin air. The system was doomed to fail because there are no checks and balances on the banks today. Change the banking system and establish checks and balances based on keeping self-interest under control and we could have interest free money. Not so crazy. Lincoln and Kennedy did it and economics Professor Richard Werner explains it well. Here is a video link to explain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7qOuY9ZJ8w

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 11/06/13 - 06:40 am
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Kimbo

That is exactly what the people want. It is called a monetarist system where money is the most important thing of all. We admire the rich and rarely ask how they got it. We just hope to be rich someday and all our problems will go away. If I could just win the lottery.

We have a failed economic system where money is at its center. We could reestablish an economic system that places people above our love for money. We all could be comfortable if we just recognized money as a tool just like a hammer. It should be used to help us be more productive. Instead it is used in Ponzi schemes to make more money. We love money and until we recognize our failed nature of self-interest, the current economic system is doomed. Here is another video from economics professor Richard Werner.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzNQlR5dtPo

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