Friday, January 18, 2013

Open Letter to Senator Jerry Moran

It’s Friday night and I’m sitting at home. I wanted to take my family of five to the Hutchinson Community Theater to see their performance of Sherlock Holmes, but I can’t because my bi-weekly paycheck is missing $60. Let’s do a little detective work and solve the mystery of the missing money.

Actually, this case of whodunit is easy to solve. First, Congress created a fiscal “lions, tigers, and bears” fa├žade that threatened ominous ruin of the economy. Then, you—a Republican—went along with Democrats at the start of the year and voted in favor of President Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Package (H.R. 8), which didn’t just raise taxes on the “rich,” but burdened every working stiff with an expired-and-reinstated 2% social security tax increase. Finally, you assured constituents (Kansas Common Sense Newsletter, January 7) that while you still don’t like higher taxes, it was necessary to maintain some semblance of the status quo, except now life is more difficult for me and thousands of Kansans.   

Because you wouldn’t fight on conservative principle, and instead acquiesced to getting along with well-dressed colleagues on the other side of the aisle, I’ll be making about $1,500-$1,600 less this year than last.

Senator Moran, let there be no mystery about how I feel—I’m furious, angry, and disgusted. Please, no more empty words. Cast votes that reflect conservative values. Or, get out of the Senate.