- Published: Sunday, 04 June 2017 14:31
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Dear Senator Portman and Congressman Gibbs:
Who is for us if you two continue to support tax breaks for the already wealthy at the expense of your constituents? In a string of large, unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy starting with Reagan and continued by Bush and Trump, there has been no "trickle down." Instead, funding has been increasingly cut for education, libraries, public services, and local governments.
Why are we giving up so much so the rich can get richer? Why hasn't DeVos paid her $5.3 million fine for election fraud? Why haven't failed charter schools had to pay back what they took?
Mr. Gibbs, why did you vote to allow large companies to pollute rivers with pesticides under the false claim all companies already have to fill out two sets of forms? Only the very largest companies do, and should. You claim to care about the Great Lakes. What about our rivers and the people who live along them and the fish that live in them?
Sen. Portman, how can you accept the GOP's "health" plan that would strip so many Trump voters and other Ohioans of insurance through the Medicaid expansion? We are talking about real people here, people without the benefit of even more tax breaks. Hard-working families, with both parents working, need health care for their children, themselves, and their aging relatives. Too many older people in nursing homes are scared to death of being thrown out if Medicaid is reduced. Women who worked at lower wages and received smaller retirements do not have the cushion to protect them in old age. Young people who get cancer would have to sell their homes after paying for only two cancer treatments if they lost their Medicaid.
When did we become so callous and greedy that we badmouth people in genuine need while hiding money off shore and lobbying our congressmen to give us enormous tax breaks? That's not the America I know and love. It's time for you to serve us, not the polluters, the employers who don't want to observe safety regulations, and those who have no regard for the lives they ruin just so their profits can go up even more in the short term.
Time for integrity.
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