I can't help but wonder why Jack Markowitz, in his column “Not trying to alarm you, but ...” (Jan. 24 and TribLIVE.com), is so outraged that our democratic process allows seniors, parents and teachers, commuters or other average Americans the opportunity to express their views on our national budget priorities.
Where's equal outrage about the billion-dollar lobbying campaign in Washington targeting benefit cuts for seniors (who earn a whopping $14,000-a-year average Social Security benefit) simply to protect a trillion dollars in corporate tax breaks?
The real threat to our political process and economic future doesn't come from average Americans who want retirement security, good schools or safe bridges. That threat comes from well-financed lobbyists who've bought and paid for goodies that benefit only the wealthiest in our nation.
As a member of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, I'm glad to pay my $12 membership and write letters reminding Congress that the vast majority of Americans don't support shredding the retirement safety net to fix Washington's fiscal failures.
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