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A belated Merry Christmas, Kamala Harris, to you and yours!


As a retired military veteran, retired corporate employee, a citizen of middle income status, a descendant of European immigrants, and a vouchsafe American first, I would like to respond to your recent message to constituents, a part of which follows:
“Americans rely on the federal government to ensure our fundamental right to public safety, public health, and public education. I believe we must fund our government—especially for the brave service-members who defend our freedom. Instead, my Republican colleagues prioritized jamming through a tax bill to benefit corporations and the top one percent. And, they did so at the expense of middle-class families and the most vulnerable among us.”
OK… I don’t see how you were able to conflate in the same paragraph “brave service-members” with the untruth of the tax bill ONLY benefiting corporations and the “top one percent” “at the expense of middle-class families and the most vulnerable among us.” To link those in the same paragraph does a serious disservice to all your constituents, many of whom fall in both categories. But that is your style as I am beginning to see.
As always, we should define our terms. Who, for instance, are the “most vulnerable among us”-the poor, the sick, the disabled, the indigent, the incarcerated, the illegal alien? Who is “us”? You and me? The use of the “generalized other” is disingenuous and, unfortunately, inappropriately “inclusive” to make a PC point here.
Have you actually read, at the least, ALL the commentary from the OMB on just how the new tax bill will affect the taxpayers? Or do you dismiss it as objectively irrelevant because it doesn’t meet the ingredients of your narrative? I know it will benefit me a little and I am part of a middle-class family. Then, again, what defines “middle-class family”? Is it made of values and virtues shared or merely economic status or both? And by what “rationale” would you remove someone like me from it in order to marginalize my message? How is it that you imply the middle-class family will suffer when all the plausible scenarios indicate a savings to average about $2,500 per year?
It appears that a lot of people have spent more time on this than anyone spent in assessing the “savings” and “benefits” of Obama(Didn’t)Care that has proven so disastrous to the middle-class family- to the tune of between 5 and 10 times their previous premium with far less coverage. If you want to talk about helping the “middle-class”, why not get behind making Obamacare economically rational for “us.” At a minimum, do the hard work now to bring veracity to Obama’s lame public promise that we would all continue to have the plan we want which would implicitly include the same premiums. That is where so many of “us” are taking it in the shorts.
I, too, have long been concerned about the flight of business overseas due in part to cheap labor there and the corporate tax rates here. I am already encouraged by the signal the stock market is giving in its confidence about our economy. That, by the way, is the same economy that will give those “vulnerable among us” jobs and the dignity that goes with a level of self-sufficiency required of the human soul. We have no idea how long this will be sustained. Though overvalued, the stock market is still known not to lie. Yet, the long-term results of the tax relief for corporations has yet to be felt, obviously since we are early in this stage, so it seems a bit premature to begin to criticize its very existence and your boast of predicted deleterious effects. But, then, who is ever going to remember then what you say now? We, the “us,” will. Again, that is your style as we, the “us,” all are beginning to see.
And if it works out for America in the way promised, what will you say then? Will you be grateful when more “vulnerable” people are employed, more personal income taxes are being paid, more companies are investing in expanding here, more small businesses are sustainable? Or will you continue to harp on how the rich are getting richer (that includes, by the way, your fellow travelers in Silicon Valley), the corporations aren’t paying their fair share (except that the taxes saved are now reallocated to expanding US operations, higher wages, and the hiring of more employees), and the “vulnerable among us” (could that be the concretized and cyclical welfare caste?) are being left further behind?
You see, Kamala, you are lying to those who don’t know any better, to those who have, for one reason or the other, not chosen to participate fully in the real and essential American Distinctiveness, to those who emote with feelings that lack all reason needed to guide them, to those who nuzzle your neck for some reassurance that you, rightly, cannot guarantee.
You are using patented and trite expressions meant to build resentment and create hostility when you have the position of the bully pulpit to begin to objectively teach the “vulnerable among us” how to gain true and lasting dignity in an otherwise imperfect and evolving social, economic, and political revolution called the United States of America. Change your message and your manner, Kamala, please, so that I also feel secure.By MICHAEL BURKE
As a retired military veteran, retired corporate employee, a citizen of middle income status, a descendant of European immigrants, and a vouchsafe American first, I would like to respond to your recent message to constituents, a part of which follows:
“Americans rely on the federal government to ensure our fundamental right to public safety, public health, and public education. I believe we must fund our government—especially for the brave service-members who defend our freedom. Instead, my Republican colleagues prioritized jamming through a tax bill to benefit corporations and the top one percent. And, they did so at the expense of middle-class families and the most vulnerable among us.”
OK… I don’t see how you were able to conflate in the same paragraph “brave service-members” with the untruth of the tax bill ONLY benefiting corporations and the “top one percent” “at the expense of middle-class families and the most vulnerable among us.” To link those in the same paragraph does a serious disservice to all your constituents, many of whom fall in both categories. But that is your style as I am beginning to see.
As always, we should define our terms. Who, for instance, are the “most vulnerable among us”-the poor, the sick, the disabled, the indigent, the incarcerated, the illegal alien? Who is “us”? You and me? The use of the “generalized other” is disingenuous and, unfortunately, inappropriately “inclusive” to make a PC point here.
Have you actually read, at the least, ALL the commentary from the OMB on just how the new tax bill will affect the taxpayers? Or do you dismiss it as objectively irrelevant because it doesn’t meet the ingredients of your narrative? I know it will benefit me a little and I am part of a middle-class family. Then, again, what defines “middle-class family”? Is it made of values and virtues shared or merely economic status or both? And by what “rationale” would you remove someone like me from it in order to marginalize my message? How is it that you imply the middle-class family will suffer when all the plausible scenarios indicate a savings to average about $2,500 per year?
It appears that a lot of people have spent more time on this than anyone spent in assessing the “savings” and “benefits” of Obama(Didn’t)Care that has proven so disastrous to the middle-class family- to the tune of between 5 and 10 times their previous premium with far less coverage. If you want to talk about helping the “middle-class”, why not get behind making Obamacare economically rational for “us.” At a minimum, do the hard work now to bring veracity to Obama’s lame public promise that we would all continue to have the plan we want which would implicitly include the same premiums. That is where so many of “us” are taking it in the shorts.
I, too, have long been concerned about the flight of business overseas due in part to cheap labor there and the corporate tax rates here. I am already encouraged by the signal the stock market is giving in its confidence about our economy. That, by the way, is the same economy that will give those “vulnerable among us” jobs and the dignity that goes with a level of self-sufficiency required of the human soul. We have no idea how long this will be sustained. Though overvalued, the stock market is still known not to lie. Yet, the long-term results of the tax relief for corporations has yet to be felt, obviously since we are early in this stage, so it seems a bit premature to begin to criticize its very existence and your boast of predicted deleterious effects. But, then, who is ever going to remember then what you say now? We, the “us,” will. Again, that is your style as we, the “us,” all are beginning to see.
And if it works out for America in the way promised, what will you say then? Will you be grateful when more “vulnerable” people are employed, more personal income taxes are being paid, more companies are investing in expanding here, more small businesses are sustainable? Or will you continue to harp on how the rich are getting richer (that includes, by the way, your fellow travelers in Silicon Valley), the corporations aren’t paying their fair share (except that the taxes saved are now reallocated to expanding US operations, higher wages, and the hiring of more employees), and the “vulnerable among us” (could that be the concretized and cyclical welfare caste?) are being left further behind?
You see, Kamala, you are lying to those who don’t know any better, to those who have, for one reason or the other, not chosen to participate fully in the real and essential American Distinctiveness, to those who emote with feelings that lack all reason needed to guide them, to those who nuzzle your neck for some reassurance that you, rightly, cannot guarantee.
You are using patented and trite expressions meant to build resentment and create hostility when you have the position of the bully pulpit to begin to objectively teach the “vulnerable among us” how to gain true and lasting dignity in an otherwise imperfect and evolving social, economic, and political revolution called the United States of America. Change your message and your manner, Kamala, please, so that I also feel secure.

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One response to “A belated Merry Christmas, Kamala Harris, to you and yours!”

  1. Greg Stanley says:

    Well said!!

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