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Tax Pledge
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 12, 2012

We did not vote for Grover Norquist, or Nation before Party

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the news, you know that, as expected, nothing has changed after the elections. Apparently, Congress remains at a standstill, and they are more than willing to cause much more damage to the economy, which includes you and me. It seems our representatives are still more focused on the next election and therefore their wealthy election campaign contributors. Keep tax breaks for the top 2%, and to hell with everybody else.

The people of this country have made it crystal clear they want the economy and the debt addressed. The vast majority feel the Bush tax breaks should lapse for the millionaires and billionaires of this country. The majority want to protect Social Security, which we paid into for our whole lives.

For 20 years, Grover Norquist has asked politicians to sign his pledge to never raise taxes. Period. No matter how bad the economy gets. Most Republicans have signed this pledge, and until recently none would have dared to go against it, as it would be political suicide- no matter how bad the economy gets, or how much their constituents suffer. Recently, several brave Republicans have stated they would break the Norquist pledge, because their country is more important to them than some lobbyist. This includes Tom Coburn of OK, Scott Rigell of VA, and Saxby Chambliss of GA. These leaders are thinking of nation, not party, and are willing to step up to protect us and our future.

We need to also cut expenditures, but is punishing the most vulnerable the best way to accomplish that? The vast majority of Social Security recipients have incomes below $23,000. It’s hard to live on that level of income. I and many others are there, and it’s not easy- especially if you have medical issues. Is it fair to cut that income, to deny funds from a program that we spent our lives putting our money into? Is it fair to raise the age level at which we can access our money? Can you live on $30 a week for food, since that’s all that food stamps gives you? This is you, me, and many of our neighbors. This is Mason.

What can we do? The only action available is to let our congressmen know what we want- loud and often. Remember, we have to make more noise than their rich campaign contributors. Mike Conaway is our congressman. Our new senator is Ted Cruz, but for now we have to contact Kay Bailey Hutchison, who he will replace. Don’t forget John Boehner, the speaker of the House.

Mike Conaway conaway.house.gov/contact 202-225-3605John Cornyn cornyn.senate.gov/public 202-224-2934

Kay Bailey Hutchison hutchison.senate.gov 202-224-5922

John Boehner speaker.gov/contact 202-225-0600

Nation before party,

B. Diane Eames, GG

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