Posts Tagged ‘Fenn Little
A Constituent’s Letter to John Lewis
My husband and I are the first people in our families to graduate from college (on scholarship to West Point). Yes, we’re black, so no you can’t write us off as racists. We’ve worked hard, served our country on 4 different continents, and are finally at a place where we are each earning six figure incomes. We own our own family business in addition to working full time, and all I ever hear you say or do is to our detriment. You and the rest of the federal government already take HALF of our earnings in taxes/Social Security/etc. After we pay for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and countless other government programs you keep voting for, we have 50% of our hard earned dollars left. Out of that 50% we have left, we have to buy our own health insurance, our own 401k (because even though we’ve paid over $100,000 into the SSA, we’ll never see it), our own groceries, our ever increasing property taxes, and our own charitable giving.
Through a lot of prayer and hard work, we are debt free and operating in the black….unlike you’ve done with the other half of our money. You and Obama (who you’ve voted with literally every time) have run up our debt in less than a year and a half more than every other president in history combined. And you have the gall to try to say that it’s for my own good. Not only is it not good for me, I have to fight you and your policies every day of my life just to try to take care of my family/business. And yet I hear you say time and again that I’m not doing my fair share. I want you to explain to me how my husband and I are not doing our fair share. We are doing exponentially more than our “fair share.” Over 45% of the people in this country (and I’d wager a significantly higher percentage of those in the 5th) pay NOTHING AT ALL in taxes. Nothing. And as if that insult weren’t already making my blood boil, now you are trying to adjourn and come home to try to get re-elected (I hope and pray you and your entitlement policies get voted out of office) without voting on the record about whether to extend my tax cuts, provided me by President Bush (who has done more for me than you ever did). In an economy that is already the worst its been in my lifetime, we are waiting to make business decisions for 2011 because we don’t know what the tax penalties will be. And if you don’t extend the Bush tax cuts, my family will be paying 60%ish of our income to you. IT’S RIDICULOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE for you to keep taxing me to death for trying to live the American Dream that is my birthright.
I want to know 1) what you think my fair share of taxes is (80%? 100%? Why not just go to work all day and then go to the food line to get bread and toilet paper from the government? Is that what you want?). 2) Why you are scared to vote for raising my taxes right before you come home to try to get re-elected 3) How on earth you sleep at night when you are leading America to live on credit (doesn’t work for my family or yours, yet you think it should be fine for America) while we responsible Americans not only do our “fair share,” we drag the rest of you along as well. I’d love to get your irresponsible spending, ill-conceived policies, and all the succubus non-taxpayers who keep living off the dole off my family’s back. They can work their way through school, pay off student loans, work hard working multiple jobs, and live the American Dream just like we did. I shouldn’t have to pay their way because they chose not to do so.
My husband and I grew up in the Atlanta public school system with single moms and all the odds stacked against us…and we made it. And we’re both disabled veterans as a result of that journey, who would gladly do it all again. Don’t you dare tell us we are not doing our fair share. And I don’t want some canned form letter some staffer sends to try to get rid of me. I want a real response from you as to my concerns…after all, I am your employer. I have the right to hire you, fire you, and your paycheck is paid with the money you steal from me. I want answers.
I am writing to give you a ground report on the 5th District in Georgia. It is the race between John Lewis (D) and Fenn Little (R). You all might remember John Lewis as the one who was holding Steny Hoyer’s hand during that disgusting march to the capital to sign the Obamacare bill. He was walking shoulder to shoulder with Nancy Pelosi. The Hillbuzz essay on that event is one of my favorites and still makes me laugh (here’s the link to that essay http://hillbuzz.org/2010/03/22/why-is-steny-hoyer-carrying-a-purse-and-holding-this-mans-hand/) . I actually live in the 6th district; my representative (the most wonderful Dr. Tom Price) is so popular that he is running unopposed. I work in the 5th district so am pretty familiar with what’s going on and I have joined Fenn Little’s campaign so I have a pretty good idea of what’s happening. A quick bio on Fenn: he’s a family man (with a lovely wife and 2 daughters) a practicing civil right’s attorney who was a former business owner.
First, let me explain the dynamics of the 5th district. It covers a pretty large area and is economically and culturally very diverse. It starts in the northern suburbs of Atlanta (which tend to be wealthier) and ends in the southern part around the Atlanta Airport (much more blue collar). The district encompasses the entire city of Atlanta which is primarily black as is most of the southern part of the district.
Here is what has happened over the past few months. First, I will say that very little media attention has been given to this race. I think that most people feel that it is a forgone conclusion that Lewis will win since he has been re-elected so many times. He is a career politician that has been in office for 24 years and rarely comes back to Georgia to visit his constituents. He’s incredibly egotistical but a lot of people are catching onto this and are starting to talk about needing a change. I work in the northern part of the district in the Chastain Park area and I can tell you that I have only seen Fenn Little signs and absolutely no mention of John Lewis. If you take a look at Fenn’s event calendar, he is out and about every single day at “meet and greets” all over the district. Since the district is so large, his campaign has organized into mini campaigns strategically located with several campaign offices headed up by campaign “captains”. They are running their own Fenn Little campaigns in their areas and they are working their butts off. I spoke to Fenn’s wonderful wife Ruth yesterday and she said that one thing they are worried about is voter apathy, particularly in the northwest section. Part of this may be from the fact that not a lot of focus has been given to this campaign. The local Atlanta (liberal) media has been very quiet probably because they want things to stay the same as they have been for the past 24 years. John Lewis is a democratic dinosaur who really needs to be brought back to Georgia.
One of the big campaign issues is of course spending. Recently, John Lewis secured 47 million dollars of tax payer money (TARP money I believe) so that Atlanta can begin a streetcar project. The project will cost upwards of 72 million so the rest of the money will come from Georgia taxpayers. This is the most ridiculous project we could have at this time because our public transportation system (MARTA) is going bankrupt and has had to cut many of the routes and trains. They have also had to raise the cost of the tickets. This money that Lewis is so proud of securing should be spent on the struggling system that we already have in place. It’s so irresponsible.
One last thing…..Fenn Little has repeatedly requested to debate John Lewis but the Lewis offices have ignored the requests. They won’t even acknowledge the requests. Lewis is scared right now and doesn’t want to face the tough questions about his strong support of Obamacare or the fact that he has an ultra liberal stance on immigration (very pro amnesty).
I will try to get campaign updates from the different campaign captains around the district and keep you posted. The 5th district of Georgia desperately needs Fenn Little to represent them. Lewis has been in Washington far too long and needs to go.