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June 27, 2007

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To the editor:

Why should taxpayers foot the bill for undocumented residents' social services and health care? That is a fair question. Why do taxpayers provide superior health care and pension benefits to (s)elected officials than they receive themselves? That is a question that not one elected official will address. Someone needs a checkup from the neck up.

Don Brennaman,

Lawrence

Comments

Linda Endicott 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh, please, Jamesaust...

Most elected officials are wealthy people, long before they get elected. If they weren't, they wouldn't even be able to run. It takes big money to run a campaign, you know.

You don't really think Bush and Cheney didn't already have homes of their own before they got elected? Bush doesn't need to occupy the White House. He does it because it's tradition, that's all. Not really because of convenience, to be in the same location as where the legislation is supposed to be happening.

Although that was probably the original intent of the White House. Travel didn't used to be as easy and as fast as it is now.

All I know is that when Cheney had problems with his leg, he didn't have to worry about where the money was going to come from to go to the doctor to find out what it was. Once they found out what it was, he didn't have to worry about being able to afford the treatment, or having to have a payment plan to pay for it for years afterward.

By the same token, Elizabeth Edwards doesn't have to worry about having the money for her breast cancer treatment, either, as many, many other American women do.

A lot of people in this country die from illnesses, rather than go into debt for diagnosis and treatment. This is why a diagnosis of breast cancer is often a death sentence for poor women. They can't afford the treatment anyway.

I suspect the rate of death from cancer would be a lot less if everyone had the same health care that the president, vice president, and people in Congress have.

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Lynn731 6 years, 9 months ago

You are certainly correct. They all think they are better than we are, even though they were elected by us, to serve us. All we need to do is take on voter apathy. When we can get people out to vote, we can unelect the greedy bas**rds. If we keep doing that, it will send a message they will understand. Then they will see who they are working for and stop all this nonsense. There are very large blocks of voters that they are terrified of. Certain unions, companies, and organizations. Just as an example, take the NRA. They are terrified of the NRA because they know that the NRA can deliver millions of votes either for or against them. The NRA has 4 million members, they have effective legislative and grass roots departments with members who will start writing letters, putting signs up, making phone calls, etc. Other large organizations are just as organized, just as effective. They and the NRA make legislators wet their pants. That is how we solve this. Get lots of people out to vote, or vote by mail. If we don't like the job they're doing, vote them out of office. But we first have to VOTE! Thank you, Lynn

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 9 months ago

Want green collar jobs,alternative energy, jobs back to america and healthcare for all? Fire 99% of all elected officials!

Why is it Americans cannot elect a representative instead of a name from corporate america? What is the romance? Why do americans fall over themselves for political media stars and fat cats? Have we not learned that these people NEVER make things better they just continue the corporate welfare and watch american jobs go abroad. It really stinks!

The news media and corporate america do NOT need to decide who OUR candidates should be for local,state or federal level representation.

The media takes in a ton of cash during our election periods and play a huge role in selecting candidates for all sides of the aisle. Then THEY decide who should participate in televised debates as if no one else matters to the voters. Yes they also seem to decide which issues are important to voters and many times miss the mark. The media has become a large part of the special interest takeover of our process as if they know what is best for all of us. Voters support this takeover by voting for those candidates who also spend the most money and the question is why?

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths on the 2008 ballot. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the 2008 ballot.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do? We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out.

http://www.publicampaign.org/

Who would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers and their bought and paid for politicians!

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Jamesaust 6 years, 9 months ago

"Why should taxpayers foot the bill for undocumented residents' social services and health care?"

Most people feel either a natural or God given responsibility to not stand aside while others suffer and die. Given the U.S.'s current pro-torture policy perhaps an anti-Good Samaritan policy should go along with it?

"Why do taxpayers provide superior health care and pension benefits to (s)elected officials than they receive themselves?"

They're not better off than me, nor I suspect many taxpayers.

Hmmm...is the point that elected officials should have benefits equal to the lowest level of society? Sort of: if homeless people are homeless then the President should be homeless too? (Perhaps Dick Cheney could be persuaded to use that pension plan soon?)

Isn't this question really: why must we live in a free society?

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nettieb 6 years, 9 months ago

Because if you had the option to get these benefits, you'd take them.

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