Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Member's Letter to Rep. Duffy: IRS

Dear Rep. Duffy,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Secretary Lew appointed  AFTER the so called IRS scandal?  How could he be responsible for it in any way?  Why aren't you trying to uncover the real IRS scandal, that is letting the 501(c)(4)s get away with campaign money laundering and legal bribery?  The original law forbid political activity, but the IRS changed the interpretation to so that they only had to do some social education.  This is where the IRS scandal resides, and it has been going on for many, many years, under both democrats and republicans.  All of these 501(c)(4)s should be abolished.  Our Blessed Founding Fathers would be outraged by the dishonesty and  the undermining of democracy that these tax exempt organizations pose.  I think the IRS should be investigating the Tea Party and so should the FBI.  These groups have as their main purpose to AVOID paying taxes.  Some of them  (I saw the demonstrations) advocate for armed violence against the government with"Second Amendment solutions" and threatening slogans.  These groups are an inch away from treason!  Yet they can apply for tax exempt status?

I know you accept campaign contributions from these traitors, so you want to protect them, but it is time that you republicans start trying to unite this country and do the right thing.  We need a jobs program to get people back to work at jobs that can support their families.  We senior citizens need you to fix Medicare so that people will not be denied  coverage until age 70.  The cap on payroll taxes needs to be abolished so that people contribute to Social Security on all the money they earn.  You need to include capital gains in this mix too.  We need to have funding for out crumbling infrastructure.  Last week two bridges collapsed.  We need legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and a ban on assault rifles.  Over 5000 Americans have died of gun violence since Newtown.  What will you do to save lives?  People are hungry, but you propose to cut food stamps.

And finally, Mr. Duffy, stop taking the name of the FOUNDING FATHERS in vain.  These were men who owned slaves, but managed to put together a reasonably good government.  They were not saints , nor were they gods.  

Sincerely,
Gail Lando
Grantsburg, WI 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Member's Letter to Sen. Harsdorf

Dear Senator Harsdorf,

There are many troubling things about the Wisconsin Budget, but one item shouldn't be there at all.  Why does the budget as written allow Rent-to-Own companies to conceal their  interest charges?  These companies,  like the pay day loans charge outrageous rates of interest, and the people most likely to use these services are the people who can least afford these charges.  These are the poor, the under and unemployed.  Have SOME mercy on people less fortunate than you.  I read in the State Journal that you didn't have time to deal with that issue, but please take the time and side with your colleague, Glenn Grotham, and get this language out of the budget.

Sincerely ,
Gail Lando
Grantsburg, WI 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Member's Letter to Sen. Harsdorf



Dear Senator Harsdorf,

Wisconsin ranks #44 in job creation under this current regime. The privatized commerce department has spent millions of taxpayer dollars with zero accountability from the companies who got loans and grants, Gov. Walker has refused millions of federal medicaid dollars which will cost Wisconsinites millions of more dollars to provide healthcare for the most needy among us and many who need healthcare will be cut off. Peachy state jobs are given to Walker's Texas supporters (Ex. Deer Czar and Public Health director) For being the party of small government and personal responsibility, it seems that no one is accountable or responsible in Madison.

Now there is a bill, AB110, that seeks to force " accountability and personal responsibility" on SNAP (formerly food stamps) recipients. It would dictate the kinds of food people on SNAP could buy. The law already prohibits cigarettes and alcohol purchases. This bill would prohibit junk food. But also it would prohibit the purchase of healthy organic foods too. It would prohibit the purchase of gluten free food, which some people need to survive. Isn't this bill the perfect example of the "nanny state" you republicans fear? Actually telling people what they can and cannot eat is pretty invasive and big government if you ask me. People are on SNAP because they have fallen on hard times, have health problems, have lost their jobs. They are on SNAP because they are poor, not because they are stupid or cannot decide for themselves what they should or should not eat. I pay my taxes gladly because I know that taxes are the dues I pay to live in a democracy. I pay gladly because I know that some of my tax dollars goes to help my neighbors who are not as fortunate as I am. I expect that the government that I pay taxes to will treat my neighbors and me, should I fall on hard times, with dignity and respect.

Please vote against this stingy, mean spirited bill.

If you want to help people in poverty start doing your job. Pressure Walker into accepting the federal Medicare money, Make WEDC transparent and accountable, AND start working on creating some jobs that pay a family enough so that SNAP won't be necessary.

Sincerely,
Gail Lando
Grantsburg, Wi 



Member's Letter to Rep. Severson



Dear Assemblyman Severson,

The republicans are all about choices and personal responsibility. Don't you find it ironic that AB 110 gives big state government in charge of the food choices that people in SNAP make? Good grief, these people are poor, not stupid. The bill not only bans "junk food", but it also bans organic eggs, brown eggs (Not all of those are organic, they just come from chickens that lay brown eggs). It bans aged cheddar cheese which is a healthier choice than the Kraft rubberized singles, and dried beans purchased in bulk from a coop. Are you people ALL nuts?

This is a mean spirited counterproductive bill. I hope you use the brains God gave you and vote it down.

Sincerely,
Gail Lando
Grantsburg, Wi

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