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Spread out the sacrifice

Published 10:18pm Thursday, March 7, 2013

To the editor:

The sequester will affect our communities, including senior citizens.

Nationally, nearly 300,000 senior households will be denied The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program assistance paying their heating bills and literally be left in the cold. Also, more than two million senior transportation rides that allow seniors to get to the pharmacy, doctor and other critical stops will be lost.

Times are tough. Seniors are grateful the sequester did not slash our bread and butter — Social Security and Medicare — but we remain concerned that these programs will be targeted in the next round of budget negotiations.

Federal programs are scheduled to receive $85 billion in automatic cuts through the sequester. Last week, the U.S. Senate voted on a bill to replace the sequester cuts with a balanced plan that includes revenue raised from closing tax loopholes.

Instead of asking the wealthy to pay a little more, conservatives opted to allow these cuts to our schools, healthcare, law enforcement, and protections for our children and seniors to take effect. I am very disappointed, but not entirely surprised, that this measure did not pass.

Going forward, we can’t continue to ask only the middle class and seniors to sacrifice — Wall Street, the wealthiest Americans and corporations need to pay their share.

Crystal Keithley

Suffolk

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  • thekytikat

    When Obama says “Revenue” he means TAX INCREASES. When Obama says he wants to “close tax loopholes” he means those tax deductions the middle class uses to reduce their tax bill!

    Washington Times reported last July that the “richest 20 percent paid 67.9 percent of taxes.” washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/10/cbo-rich-pay-outsized-share-taxes/

    FYI – That last minute meeting between Obama & Boehner — Obama demanded MORE TAXES. The Republican, John Boehner, told the President NO! The American people just had their taxes increased when the Payroll Tax holiday ended. They can NOT afford a bigger pay raise.

    Obama has directed his administration, not to make the cuts in a smart fashion, but to make the cuts as painful as possible. But here’s the dirty little secret. Sequester is NOT a cut! It’s a reduction in the growth of spending, by a measly 2.2% ! If we the people are so dependent on the Federal Government that a measely 2.2% reduction in the rate of growth is enough to put such a hurting on us, we are in sorry shape.

    It’s time to stop suckling at the teat of Big Government.

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  • MrJiggyFly

    I read this letter and had to walk away. One of the many reasons this country in going down the crapper; the misinformed and brainwashed have a vote. Give me, give me, give me. The so-called “rich” are always to blame. When there are not enough workers to pay for the slothes, this country is going to have a major problem. I apologize regularly to my grandchildren. Not for my actions but for many of my fellow American’s lack of action.

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  • chief601

    Might I suggest you do the research to find out how much the wealthy already pay? Why do you think Obama cuts where it hurts? How about the billions in tanks and planes he is sending to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Why didn’t he cut that? His lie was that it was already scheduled and poor little Barak couldn’t do anything about it. I am a senior also and I can read (and not just what’s in the socialist media).

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