Dear Members of Congress,
I am a citizen of this country and am registered to vote. I have read “Donald Trump’s Contract With the American Voter” and want you to know that I hold certain portions of it to be antithetical to the principles that this nation stands for. Thus, you are hereby on notice that I will indeed cast my next vote for-or- against you based upon your willingness to oppose the following portions of “Donald Trump’s Contract With the American Voter.”
I. “Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act”- “Donald Trump’s Contract With the American People” calls for “fully repeal(ing) Obamacare and replac(ing) it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and let(ting) states manage Medicaid funds.” We, the undersigned, believe that this plan is nothing more than a balm to the insurance industry. The insurance industry holds too much control over our national health policies already! The insurance industry takes too much of the total national pie that is spent in the health sector already!! This plan simultaneously seeks to limit the availability of Medicaid to our citizens. Many states will drastically reduce Medicaid expenditures if given the opportunity. At a time when the ranks of the poor are swelling, limiting the availability of Medicaid is simply inhumane. We, the undersigned, believe that the management of Medicaid must continue to be handled by our federal government.
We, the undersigned, further believe that the vote of the Senate last year to eliminate
the “Affordable Care Act’s” Medicaid expansion, premium subsidies and the requirement that all Americans buy insurance was wrong-headed.
II. Elimination of Defense Spending Caps- We, the undersigned, believe that if we are
going to terminate sequestration for any of our government’s agencies or departments
we should not unilaterally do so for a department which is bloated to begin with.
III. Tax Cuts- We, the undersigned, are concerned about the long-term implications
regarding the findings of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center which warns that revenue
for the federal government will plummet as a result of the “Donald Trump’s Contract
With the American Voter” plan to slash the “business rate from 35% to 15%” and to
permit “trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas” to be “brought
back at a 10% rate.” These portions of the “Contract” are the result of pure greed.
Corporate America, having the modern benefits of automation and an international
workforce, has been able to realize record profits in recent years. Many of these
corporations were built on American soil and benefitted from the American military,
education system, and infrastructure. It is past time for our elected officials to speak
truth to power and urge these corporations to honor the debt they have to our nation
by paying their fair share.
IV. Infrastructure Spending- We, the undersigned, are wary of the fact that the
“Contract” encourages public-private partnerships. Used wisely, these partnerships
can offer benefits to the citizens of our great nation. However, there is a lot of
potential here for abuse and the enrichment of corporate partners at the expense of the
taxpayer. This sort of nonsense will no longer be tolerated. We, the undersigned,
will be watching these partnerships closely and will be fully considering these deals
when we cast our votes for our congressional candidates next election cycle.
V. Restoring Community Safety Act- We, the undersigned, are concerned that the
“Contract” will cause our nation to become a military state. We, the undersigned,
believe in laws and punishment for the violation of those laws. However, we the
undersigned, believe that the prison-industrial complex’s control over our penal
system has resulted in our nation being much too heavy on incarceration and not
supportive enough of alternatives. We will be watching this sector closely in order to
push for a more balanced approach.
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As a private attorney, Joshua Douglass has represented rank-and-file union members against their crooked delegates, a small rural community against one of the largest land developers in the nation, and a concerned citizen against the Democratic National Committee