To the editor:
Recently Forbes released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. This year they have a combined wealth of $2.29 trillion -- more wealth than the bottom half of Americans (over 150 million Americans). Median family income has declined by approximately $5,000 since 1999. Half of the people in the U.S. have less than $10,000 saved. Why? What is happening?
People like the Koch brothers (No. 4 on the list) are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns -- basically, buying votes in Congress -- votes that favor them in their business dealings, votes that allow them to have a loud voice in Congress and votes that make laws allowing the rich to get richer and gut the middle class.
We have Republican Scott Brown (not even a true Granite Stater) running for our Senate seat supported in large measure by Koch brothers' millions. We have Marilinda Garcia -- again the recipient of large Koch brothers campaign donations -- running for a House seat. The Koch brothers can spend millions in support of these candidates legally because of the catastrophic Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
Are Brown or Garcia going to support the people of New Hampshire? Or are they going to follow Koch brothers guidance and vote to gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and federal aid to education?
In your heart you know the answer: They will vote the Koch way.
In Salem, we have a significant senior citizen population. How would you fare if Social Security were gutted and you lost your Medicare?
We must get out and vote on Nov. 4 for people like Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Ann Kuster who have proven voting records in Congress in support of the people of New Hampshire.
Jeanne Shaheen votes consistently for working families: equal pay for equal work, bringing jobs home to the USA, fair share taxes to make sure millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes. She consistently supports Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Ann Kuster votes for investing in our children not CEOs, equal pay for equal work, and protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits.
As seniors we must get out and vote for candidates like Shaheen and Kuster who consistently support middle-class values such as investing in our children and equal pay for equal work and who support senior citizens by voting to protect Social Security and Medicare.