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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:27 PM
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My letter to the Editor (in response to Kay Bailey Hutchison guest editorial)
Dear Editor:

I hate to get taken for a fool. Or, as George Bush once said, Fool me once, shame on.shame on you. Fool meuh, er, you cant get fooled again. Kay Bailey Hutchison, in her guest column Goal for New Congress: Cut spending cut taxes, seems to be taking all of us for fools.

Americans are known for our short memories, but surely our memories cant be as short as Ms. Hutchison hopes. Does she expect us to forget that it was the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans that put us into the deficit position were now in? Does she expect us to forget that the financial crisis that started the whole recession began during her favorite presidents term? (Ms. Hutchison voted along with Bush 90% of the time, while he was in office.) Now, she wants to continue these policies. And who will pay for the cuts that are required to lower the deficit?

Seniors will pay. Social Security is on the chopping block. Ms. Hutchison wont say so, in so many words, because shell lose the senior vote. But make no mistake about it, as Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said this past Sunday, on Meet the Press, this is an opportunity to.deal with our long-term debt obligations, starting with Social Security.

Isnt it strange that every time Republicans make the tough yet necessary decisions to cut federal spending, as Ms. Hutchison puts it, it always cuts into middle Americas pockets and not the big corporations who pay these pols way into their Senate and Congressional seats with campaign contributions? Why dont these tough yet necessary decisions ever impinge on the pocketbooks of these corporations who, incidentally, often dont pay any federal taxes at all? In fact, Exxon paid absolutely no federal income taxes in 2009. Not a dime. Guess which female Senator from Texas has received almost one million dollars in contributions from the oil industry? Ill give you a hint: her initials are KBH.

The Republicans, Ms. Hutchison included, hope to cut the deficit by cutting Social Security benefits to our seniors and, once again, allowing large corporations (who are shipping our jobs overseas, while selling their products in our country) to get away with paying absolutely no taxes on their billion dollar profits. Making the tax cuts permanent for the richest 1% causes the deficit to rise; but then there are always the seniors, who will pay the price for that tax cut, with a cut in their Social Security benefits.

Yes, Americans have short memories, Ms. Hutchison, but we can still put two and two together. And, I hope we wont get fooled again.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:30 PM
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1. K&R - Fantastic letter, spot on. nt
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:35 PM
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2. K&R...n/t
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:46 PM
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3. And off to the Greatest Page (or whatever it is called). Great letter. nt
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:54 PM
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4. It will be interesting to see if this gets printed
Will a paper that runs a guest editorial by a politician (And why do they do that, anyway - it's not like elected officials are exactly shut out of the public discourse) run a letter that so effectively demolishes her bullshit?
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:12 PM
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7. You're more right than you know....
The Baytown Sun is in Baytown, Texas--a very big oil town. In fact, Exxon is the largest employer here. I doubt it will get printed, as well. But, you never know. And the effort must ALWAYS be made, of course, because whether we win or we lose, we must be able to at least say that we tried.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:18 PM
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9. And a worthy effort it was
At the very least, some op-ed page drone will read the letter and decide that the boss wouldn't like it.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:01 PM
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5. Bravo! I hope it's published in its entirety!
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:04 PM
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6. The anger that your letter caused me was scary. You put everything
in a very direct, in your face type of writing. Keep writing OK because we need you!
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:15 PM
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8. "...direct, in your face type of writing." What a great compliment!
Thank you so much!

I am a "direct, in your face" type of person, as well. Some people have quite a problem with this, but at my age, I find it difficult to change my "style." Hopefully, at least, I can make some good use of it, nevertheless.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 10:11 PM
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10. I am so incredibly proud of you.Writing like this in Texas is brave.
You did a great job!
K and R
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