An Open Letter to my Congressman, the Honorable Elton Gallegly
I am very upset about the current situation regarding Republican refusal to allow the increase in public debt. This may not be your fault but rather the fault of a group of inexperienced freshman tea baggers who would “drive our country into default in order to save it.”
I agree that a reduction of the public debt is appropriate, but the threat of American financial default is not the place to negotiate reform, nor am I inclined to dismantle our interlocking net of education, security for the aged, and maintenance of the country’s infrastructure, and international aid that allows us to enjoy our standard of living with a slash and burn approach to cutting expenditures.
However, I see that you are also a signer of Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
I interpret this pledge as an oath of allegiance to two masters, dividing your loyalty between your constituents and an extra-legislative political group able to demand your allegiance to an agenda that you, as a congressman were not elected to support.
You were elected to represent your constituents and the larger interests of the country you have sworn to protect: not a political agenda whose aims are suspect to many of us with families, obligations, and personal treasure to protect.
The protection of the people who elected you is your prime responsibility. If you cannot support the preservation of American credit worthiness the international financial arena and, so, create a situation where unanticipated consequences, perhaps a second recession, will determine our future well being, I pledge to actively work for your removal from office. (Feel free to send this letter to your favorite politician)
J Carlos Deegan, machimon.wordpress.com