To the Editor,
The onset of every new year inspires reflection and, hopefully, restoration.
We reflect upon an ever-expanding government, bathed in hypocrisy and elitism; a world unto itself created by special interest groups, lobbyists and an obsession of self-interest vs. public service.
Republicans and Democrats alike claim they are for the “middle class”, but are willing to allow an influx of millions of illegal immigrants, saturating the work force and driving down wages, while denying any correlation to a desire to increase their voter base. A recent report from FAIR estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion, which will be picked up by the taxpaying citizen.
Republicans claim they are for smaller government, but think nothing of jumping into bed with the Democrats on the recent budget deal, and reneging on $63 billion in previously agreed upon sequester cuts, in exchange for more future promises and no tax relief.
Let us not forget Fast n’ Furious, Benghazi, NSA spying, and the IRS intimidations, but the biggest hypocrisy of all is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the now famous lie, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period.” According to a recent issue brief from The Heritage Foundation, almost 5 million people who buy coverage on their own have had their policies canceled due to benefit mandates. The CBO estimates that 7 million more will lose their employment-based insurance by 2018. Those that have been able to keep their plans have seen their premiums increase substantially; the young and healthy being hit the hardest. Additionally, the ACA contains 18 separate tax hikes, fees and penalties, many of which impact the middle class.
While Democrats claim to be the voice of the middle class, they continue to push legislation that stifles economic growth, which would create jobs and prosperity for those very people. While Republicans claim to be the party of smaller government, they continue to support and fund legislation that does everything but reduce the size of government.
Who has lost credibility now? When 72 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup see big government as the greatest threat to their freedom and safety, I think we know the answer. Upon reflection, we begin to understand that this administration has nothing to do with good government, and everything to do with government dependency.
Will 2014 be the beginning of a restoration; a restoration to the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, privacy, liberty? It can be, and it will begin at the voting booth.
Marianne Gasiecki, Mansfield