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Letter to the editor: A letter to Sen. John Barasso

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

Sir, this morning at about 9:10 a.m., my wife and I were eating breakfast and watching morning TV on the market station, commonly known as the Wall Street report. We do have small investments in it.

Much to my surprise, there you were and, in great detail, were discussing the “cliff,” and you were willing to say that the debt of the USA was in great part caused by the older, retired U.S. citizens who have paid into a trust fund for our entire working lives, a trust fund for our retired years.

Sir, I’m a member of your party and have been at odds to its standing. It seems to be in its own light to be able to blame many things onto others so that you and your party make things look good for us. You, as my voice in Washington D.C., have fallen into a very displeasing position and are not part of the solution.

Sir, I would like to enlighten you on what many others seem to be so apt to overlook. First of all, not once have we heard that any legislators retired and took a cut in his or her retirement. Not once. Nor have we seen government employees shed much skin to their retirement. Why not? Does it reflect on your judgment or character or good sense?

I know you are or should be aware of the fact that our Social Security trust fund has been raided by both parties to sustain two wars or most likely three. Both parties agreed to replace the fund, but it never happened. So why should the American public trust you and the rest of the other sticky-fingered bunch in Washington D.C. to do anything that makes common sense to right the ship now?

Those funds were used to start and to fight a war that wasn’t well planned, and, as young as you are, you didn’t know about it. It was in the first Bush administration. The second war that young Bush got us involved in after 9/11 meant American citizens would again have to bear up under a budget that would show red ink. Oh yes!

We took advantage of other funds, too, most of which were out of sight that made things look alright. But we, who have lived through wars before, knew better and told you so in the last election.

So what to do about it is up to you and those back in Washington D.C. It is your baby to take care of, and, trust me John, we seniors will have to do our part. We will but let it be known by the facts. Don’t hide behind anything; just tell it like it is. I wrote to you a year ago and signed the letter the same as I will this one.

I didn’t expect an answer from that one because it was intended to show how I thought things looked in Washington, but I would like to hear from you about this one.

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