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March 24, 2013

Letter to the editor: 03/24/2013

End the bloodletting

The financial crisis is a hoax perpetrated by Wall Street billionaires, many receiving huge subsidies but paying zero taxes.

In three years the deficit has fallen the fastest since the end of World War II (Office of Management and Budget). Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus (, funded by employers and employees, not taxpayers. Remove the FICA cap so everyone pays on all earnings not just the first $113,700 ( Medicare saves billions by efficiently providing preventive services. Let Medicare negotiate drug prices like the Veteran's Administration.

Republicans' austerity agenda is hurting working people. Wages have stagnated for 30 years. The stock market is somersaulting, one record over another. The sequester is forcing thousands to part-time work without benefits. Public employees are losing their jobs.

We are losing our democracy. We have to get money out of politics. Citizens United gave corporations unlimited funding of perpetual campaigns. There are 127 CEOs pushing for a "grand bargain" austerity budget. Citizens United 2 is McCutcheon vs. FEC, coming to the Supreme Court.

Call every legislator (,,, Stop the bloodletting. Get angry.

Beverly “BJ” Christensen




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