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It looks like nothing will get done

Well, I think we can now see how a change in the balance in Congress is going to mean that nothing will get done. When Republicans won many congressional seats this fall it was often said the American people were sending a message. What was the message? Was it to do nothing unless they got everything they wanted?

Republicans have said no legislation will move forward unless tax cuts are kept for the millionaires. These politicians are our employees. We, as citizens, have hired them and it is their moral and ethical obligation to get to work and do what's necessary to move the country forward. After all, unlike nearly 10 percent of Crow Wing County, they have jobs. They've convinced people that it's all or nothing for the tax cuts. The rich must benefit or there'll be no relief for the middle class. Keep in mind the reason that those cuts were enacted in the first place was because we had a huge surplus when Bush took office and tax cuts made sense. Things have changed. America has changed. The share of income going to the wealthiest 1 percent has grown from 9 percent in 1974 to 23.5 percent in 2007.

 Folks, doesn't it seem a little ridiculous that we are wringing our hands over the poor little millionaires as they outsource our jobs while unemployment benefits end for thousands? Keep your hands on your wallet because all the new Congress will do is stall on any meaningful legislation, and by meaningful I mean anything that benefits the middle class rather than the millionaires. If this is what you voted for, great. If not, you'd better keep your eyes open, pay attention to who's getting the gravy, and let your representatives in Congress know what you want.

 Becky Miller


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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