The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 15, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-15 | Stop Republican bullies in Congress

— Republicans again are bent on holding the economy hostage to get their way.

Republicans want to bully us into believing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and budget cuts that would take food from hungry children, weaken education and food

safety, and let our infrastructure crumble are the only things we should be talking about.

And they fight to maintain expensive tax loopholes for Wall Street, drug companies, corporations that outsource jobs and the richest 2 percent of Americans.

Working families shouldn’t take the hit again. It’s time to stand up to their bullying. We can’t let them take our economy hostage by threatening to drive it into the ground.

The most serious economic challenge facing America is the continuing jobs crisis, not the deficit or national debt. But Congress has stymied every effort to pass legislation to create jobs in America, even for our veterans.

Our priorities should be creating jobs by investing in infrastructure and education, raising wages, reducing inequality and increasing economic security for working people. We can do it by first ending tax giveaways for Wall Street and the richest

2 percent.

Putting 12 million Americans who lost their jobs back to work will not only grow the economy but will generate billions of tax dollars to fund federal, state and local governments.

Make your voice heard. Contact your representatives and remind them that this is a government of the people, by the people and for the people –  not of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.

Richard P. Kulick


Let people decide Congress’ benefits

It sure would be nice to see a referendum put on the next ballot to cut Congress members’ salaries by 50 percent and take away their health care.

Since we are the bearer of their finances, also cut their pensions or retirement to just a portion, like most of the people.

Then they can also be called freeloaders. (They truly are.)

Some of their constituents have no jobs or, in my case, are on a fixed income.

The tax cut for the rich was supposed to create jobs for how many years now? Where are they?

It won’t matter if the rich have to pay more taxes – it’s their fair share.

I am old enough to know that the government is out of control – working together is a thing of the past.

My fixed income mentioned before is from my 45 years of service at Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Eugene Janeczek Sr.


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