Not for 'common citizens'
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
D. Meyers' letter “His kind of senator” (Aug. 11 and TribLIVE.com) about U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., was disturbing to me as one of those “common citizens” he supposedly cares for.
If Toomey did care about us, he would not have voted against the veterans jobs bill last year that would have helped those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find job training and careers after their service to their country, who now have a 20-percent unemployment rate. Or he wouldn't have voted twice against the Veterans Administration appropriations bill, allowing it to hire more workers when there are more than 900,000 veteran claims in backlog. Most of these veterans have wait times that are longer than their tours of duty were — shameful.
He also forgot us “common citizens” when he voted against Pell Grants for education and when he submitted a bill that directed the U.S. Treasury, if the debt ceiling is reached, to make interest payments to foreign governments before it makes good on domestic obligations such as Social Security for seniors and payments due our servicemen and -women.
Nor did Toomey think about us when he filibustered the bill that would have stopped corporations' tax deductions for the cost of outsourcing jobs overseas. This bill instead would have given corporations a tax deduction for relocating jobs back here to America. And then, adding insult to injury, Toomey voted to cut retraining assistance for our workers and small businesses when they lose jobs to this competition from overseas.
No wonder Meyers did not have one example of how Toomey cares about the “common citizen” — because Toomey doesn't.
The writer is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
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