On December 12, 2010 , I sent the following request to my congressional representative, my senators, President Obama, and Vice-President Joe Biden:
Any and all discussions pertaining to the proposed extensions of tax cuts and the reinstatement of unemployment extensions should, and must, include the expansion of unemployment extensions to include those Americans referred to as 99ers. I will not support any effort, at any level, that does not create unemployment relief for the millions of 99ers that have been left behind. Your efforts to ensure that this simple request is met will be deeply appreciated.
I thought my message was pretty clear; don’t do what you plan to do! Yesterday, I received the following email from Vice-President Biden’s office stating the following:
Thank you for taking the time to write me about tax cuts and unemployment. The President and I welcome your input as we tackle these issues, and appreciate you sharing your thoughts.
On December 17, 2010 , President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, which provides vital tax relief and investments in our workers which will create jobs and accelerate economic growth. The plan has 2 key accomplishments:
Taxes will not rise on working families . A typical working family faced a tax increase of over $3,000 on January 1st. The President insisted that this not happen and because of his demands, tax cuts for working families will remain in effect next year.
Focused on high impact job creation measures . The President’s agreement includes some of the best measures for jumpstarting growth and job creation, including a full year of emergency unemployment insurance benefits, about $120 billion payroll tax cut for working families and a continuation of tax credits for working families. This is on top of growth generated by extension of the middle-class income tax rates.
These are responsible, temporary measures to support our economy that do not add to the medium and long-term deficit.
This package is a result of leaders from both sides coming together to act on behalf of the American people at the time they need it the most. It means accepting some things we don’t like in order to get things done for the American people.
During this debate, the President was committed to supporting the middle class and growing the economy, and I believe his efforts paid off. Moreover, the President and I will remain committed to continuing the momentum of the recovery for this country and doing the right thing for the middle-class.
Thanks again for writing.
It is nice to know that their office welcomes my input and appreciates me sharing my thoughts while they effectively do the exact opposite of what I wanted done. Now I’m a big boy and understand that what I want to have happen is not necessarily what is going to happen, but I can do without the self-promoting “look what we did for you” return letter afterwards. I would have been much more impressed with a second letter that claimed that they reviewed my concerns but that there was not enough political weigh to make what I wanted to have happen happen.
Self-promoting form letters. This is what we get today in response to our concerns. Almost makes you think that they are intentionally trying to discourage future communications in the future, doesn’t it! Well it won’t stop me, I’ll just write about it once in a while to blow off stream. I still do not support their efforts on this bill. I still do not support the results. And this letter certainly does nothing to change my mind that the end result was the wrong result. America’s millions of 99ers deserved better!