The Honorable Senator Levin Washington DC
Dear Senator Levin:
We have achieved much of the tax increases needed to begin a lessening of annual deficits. While the reversal of much of the 2001/2003 tax breaks is notable in achieving this goal, the other half of the equation is to get people back to work. This alone would supply even more revenue. The fear I and many of the other taxpaying households have is a sell out of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHPS to the party of Norquist-Republicans. We are not for sale as these programs are vital to the elderly, the children, the poor, and those of us who have been dealt a raw deal by Wall Street and the 1 percent of the household taxpayers who enjoyed massive income increases helped by skewed tax breaks. While it may be politically expedient to sell us to the Republicans to achieve a Grand Deal; I would ask you not to do so and resist any other attempts to do so.
Please look to other areas of the budget to reduce spending such as Defense which for decades has increased faster than the growth in GDP. No nation since the QING dynasty (which redefined China) has ever remained a Tier 1 nation by having spent more on war and defense than the growth in GDP and at the expense of Domestic Productivity and Social needs. Nations which have over spent for Defense or War consistently have found themselves relegated to a Tier 2 or 3 status.
While I know you are on the Defense Committee, I would ask you to reconsider your stance on Defense if it gets in the way of Domestic Programs vital to the Household Taxpayers you represent. Thank you for your time and consideration.
run75441 aka Bill