Have you written to your congressional representatives and senators to let them know what you would like them to do in this matter of the fiscal cliff? They are still stuck. They do not accept the results of the election as definitive proof of what the people want and perhaps it isn’t. How will they know unless we all inundate them with letters and emails that inform them of our choices in the matters of America’s finances. If you lose your Medicare or your Social Security and you haven’t talked to your reps about how you feel about entitlements then you may be left moaning and groaning about the impacts of cuts you don’t favor. If you think that the huge and widening gap between the wealthy and the poor is the result of tax laws that will keep growing this gap then we need to let our reps know that we want to revise the tax laws to change this trend. If you don’t agree with these points I really hope that you will not write to congress, but you certainly have the right to do so.
Here is the letter I sent to Congress:
I think many of us are perplexed by the complexity of the issues involved in dealing with all of the following issues at one time:
Solve them? That could take several lifetimes. Pick a direction and see how it works while keeping in mind that we may have to try something else? That’s probably more like it. Why are we trying to accomplish all of these things at once?
Let’s deal with one or two things at a time.
I am hoping that we can leave entitlements alone except for making Medicare and health care in general less costly. Raising the age when Medicare and even Social Security become available is harmful to senior Americans as employers are often not willing to continue to employ older workers. Workers are “encouraged” to retire early in order to save employers from paying the high salaries such workers earn. Once retired these older workers may find another job but it will not pay what they are used to earning and, therefore, not having social security or Medicare will present a real hardship. Also studies show that age gains are not as great for lower income workers as they are higher income earners. Let’s see if we can improve our economy without changing entitlements first. I thought the rhetoric was that Washington intended to strengthen entitlements rather than cut them.