Mr. President, you won an election, and you won it quite handily by convincing
the electorate that things were slowly improving under your policies; that all you
needed was another four years to finish the job.
You also told us that, if we voted for you, you would work tirelessly to get it done
by reaching across the aisle to Republican lawmakers to pass important legislation,
and by taking a “fair and balanced” approach to balancing the budget and paying
down the national debt—a financial burden that, if not addressed now, will be
passed on to our children and grandchildren. We took you at your word and—given
Governor Romney’s inability to offer convincing alternative solutions to these
problems--gave you our vote.
Unfortunately, since your reelection, your words and your deeds have shown little
indication that you are ready to compromise on either of the two major problems
facing our country today, a trillion dollar budget deficit and runaway national debt.
You also made it quite clear—during the campaign and since—you would not accept
any budget deal that did not include increased revenues as well as spending cuts.
The Republican plan includes both the raising of revenues through tax reform (the
closing of loopholes and the elimination of some tax deductions), as well as cuts in
discretionary spending and entitlement reform. Your plan calls for billions of
dollars in increased spending and the raising of tax rates on the very people in our
economy who create jobs and generate additional tax revenue—a non-starter by
your own “fair and balanced” criteria. If you want to be taken seriously your actions
must match your words
You have not—as you repeatedly contend—been returned to office with a mandate
to raise taxes on all those who make more than $250,000 a year, but to make good
on your promises to fix our economy and resolve the critical issues of our time; i.e.,
the budget deficit and the national debt.
We the people want to see our government work for us, Mr. President, and have
given you the privilege of serving another four years to make that happen. Do not
waste them on partisan politics.