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more debt madness…

I have a habit of writing to my elected representatives.  These days, it’s made much easier by the fact that all of them have handy little “contact us” email fields on their websites.  Back in the day, I used to handwrite my letters — my first were a pair of communiques to Senators Fritz Hollings and (the late) Strom Thurmond, both of South Carolina, regarding reduced funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.  During the same period, I also wrote several to President Clinton.  My mother was not particularly thrilled when reply envelopes from the White House arrived in the mail.  She was certain I was accumulating a Secret Service file.

Anyway, I took a moment today to write the following note to my state’s senior senator, Dick Lugar.  I’ve emailed his office a few times over the years, and I expect a polite form reply, as I’ve received every previous time.  But I still feel a civic duty to contact my country’s law-makers when circumstances require —

Senator Lugar,

I’ve read your office’s press release of July 25, and my thoughts are this: it is all well and good for you to support prioritizing Social Security and veterans payments, as well as other certain obligations, in the event of a government default. But it is your duty as a United States Senator to make sure a default never even becomes a possibility.

On that subject, it is ludicrous to suggest, as your release does, that passage of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act would itself prevent default, as the act makes clear that a debt-ceiling increase is contingent on PASSAGE of a Balanced Budget Amendment. We can certainly agree that passage is quite improbable. I would also hope that we can agree that, while an easily-sellable gimmick, requiring the federal government to balance its budget denies it the flexibility needed to respond adequately to extraordinary circumstances, such as war and economic downturns.

As I’ve stressed each time I’ve contacted your office, I want to be able to support your re-election despite my Democratic association. I value your experience, and certainly don’t wish Indiana to lose the advantages derived from your seniority. But to see you vote on so reckless a bill as the CCBA — I would almost presume to think such a vote is meant to defend against your Tea Party challenger — it makes it increasingly difficult to do so. I hope you will take that seriously as you chart your course over the coming year.

With the greatest respect,

Eric Anderson, Jr

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my letter to Sen. Lugar…

I realize I am a little late on this, but I suppose I’m about on par with the rest of the country in terms of catching up.  Now that Jon Stewart has brought such attention to the issue, and even Fox News anchors are voicing disgust, it seems we’re all just realizing what a heinous act of negligence was perpetrated in the United States Senate last week.

I find phone-calls to be quite useless, so I decided to write Indiana’s senior Senator with my thoughts instead:

To whom it may concern,

I should say, first, that I am quite appreciative of the Senator’s work on the START treaty, as well as his support of the DREAM Act.  And though I am disappointed by his vote against the repeal of DADT, I am not surprised.  But I have to say that I am completely disgusted by his opposition to the Zadroga 9/11 Act — and further insulted that he has not even the courage to explain the reason for his opposition.

The bill not only provided much needed for relief and assistance for the men and women who gave of themselves unconditionally and without question, because it was their duty, it was deemed deficit-neutral by the Congressional Budget Office — it was completely paid for!

As much as I do appreciate the Senator’s work, and his efforts to remain reasonable in the face of so much irrational behavior on the part of his colleagues, I cannot fathom his opposition to this bill.  The only possible conclusion I can come to is that he simply values corporate tax loopholes more than the health and well-being of some of our country’s greatest heroes.  I sincerely hope that is not the case.

I want to be able to support the Senator in his re-election. I am not so naive as to think Indiana would elect a Democratic challenger, and I am incredibly fearful of a potential Tea Party challenge.  I admire the Senator for his work, and appreciate his seniority as an asset for the state of Indiana.  But votes like his on this bill make it very difficult to be as supportive as I’d like to be.

I hope the Senator enjoys a merrier Christmas than the one he has given 9/11’s first responders and their families,

Eric Anderson, Jr

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