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Letter: How McKeon can help balance budget

Posted: September 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Dear Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon:

While you are considering the budget, here are some of my ideas to get it in balance and have it reflect the Constitution’s mandate to “promote the general welfare.”

- Please tax the rich. Bush’s tax cuts for his rich cronies are one of the major reasons we are in such trouble. Don’t raise taxes on the rest of us.

- Cut the bloated military budget. Everyone knows that the United States spent $728 billion on its military in 2010, about 45 percent of the world’s $1.6 trillion total.

We spend more than the next 14 countries combined (nearly six times more than the next largest military spender, China.)

Eisenhower was right. The military-industrial complex controls our budget along with the other big oligarchs, corporate thugs and banksters. The Pentagon needs to cut at least $1 trillion from its budget over the next 10 years.

- Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medi-cal. Work for Medicare for all. That is what will really reduce health care costs. DON’T privatize them — that only means the rich guy will get a cut and there will be less for those who need it.

Raise the Social Security income cap contribution level to $250,000. Then we will have plenty of money to assure everyone will have Social Security for many, many years.

- Invest in infrastructure – bring back the WPA. Put people back to work building roads, repairing bridges, schools and public buildings.

- Invest in public education and social services for the poor/disabled and elderly. Make IHHS more available. This dirt-cheap service keeps the elderly and disabled in their own homes and keeps them out of horrible, expensive, corporate-owned nursing homes that suck money from Medicare.

If you cut the military budget and tax the rich their fair share, then there will be money available for education, health, infrastructure and social services.

And on a related subject — support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and Abolish Corporate Personhood (www.movetoamend.org).

We sent you to Washington to represent us, not the Fat Cats. 

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