I read this am on AP that you have endorsed the Bowles-Simpson bill – most specifically on changing the SS retirement age to 69. Then said something along the lines that it is unsustainable to spend the money we are spending on food stamps for children for instance. You didn’t mention that it will be unsustainable as well to spend the monies we will spend on those of the working class who will be retiring earlier and asking the government for disability funds. Plus, I so admire the way politicians pit children, babies, kittens, struggling university students against older Americans. It’s so subtle and heartwrenching.
As well, you are onboard with cutting the tax credit for companies offering healthcare. That’s not going to affect anyone’s healthcare, is it? For sure, American companies will not give up their health insurance benefits to employees if there is no tax benefit. If we’ve learned anything, it is that corporations are our friends, trusted, courageous and unselfish. Of course, there is no dearth of employees in other countries, for instance – who wouldn’t mind this – having national healthcare. So good on America – more outsourcing.
I will come back to this diary after I research further but I am having some friends over for lunch and want to begin the festive preparations. It will be a modest affair but I am a good cook so we will eat heartily.
Usually I have a Christmas doing of some kind but this year in the spirit of austerity, I am foregoing it and instead having two friends for lunch. Also, in the spirit of paying my real estate taxes which have risen about 35%. As dark winter closes in on me and the other little old ladies here in the Chicago area – a Holiday Party is really an act of sanity as we face the long, cold winter – more isolated due to the weather as younger people. But look – I want to do my part, as do my other elderly friends. Perhaps you can give us more hints so we can accomplish this. I’ve gone to your website and seen nothing yet as to your sacrifices. I’m disappointed but know you are a busy and important man with many more austerities to research to keep America safe and healthy.
I am leaving for now – but will revisit this diary and make revisions, if necessary. Til then, Dick, I wish you and Barry all the things you deserve this Holiday Season.
Oh, and Dick, if any of your constituents are being crybabies about the 69 yr SS thing, please direct them to Alan Simpson – his sharp mind, his compassion, his love of country – and he’s past 69, isn’t he? But wait – when do your congressional benefits kick in?
I’ll be back after lunch and will change any inaccuracies if necessary.
P.S. — we can discuss discontinuing the mortgage tax interest option which I believe is another option you endorse – what the heck – where are the Real Estate lobbyists?
Dick, I see you have come out and said that you voted for this proposal so that you will have a “seat at the table” when the time comes to oh let’s say – get serious. Your liberal blessing (excuse me while I leave the room to roll around the floor and scream) —
okay, that felt good – gives credence to the seriousness and cover that you and your pal, Obama, give to these suggestions that screw the working class.