, Salem, MA

October 4, 2012

Letter: Worried about 'cut-happy' Congress

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I’ve been very concerned the past two years with the cut-happy Tea Party majority in Congress. The slash first, ask questions later strategy is the exact opposite of what we need to get this country moving again. And the worst part is we let Republicans get away with talking out of both sides of their mouth. On the one end, Republicans try to scare us with talk of a fiscal cliff and the growing national debt. On the other, they stress the need for more and more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, which they forget to mention adds to the national debt they are so worried about.

As a teacher, I don’t know what scares me more — the fact that these tax cuts are going to be paid for on the backs of teachers and students or that the entire Republican Party seems to have skipped math class when they were younger. In the end, the former is much more devastating for all of us than the latter.

Luckily in Massachusetts we know our math and we don’t let Republicans off the hook so easily. And I have no doubt, here in Lynn, we will not let Richard Tisei try to take advantage of this double talk.

Richard Tisei not only supports the current efforts of Republicans in Congress, but has a history of voting against the best interests of teachers and students in the public school system. You won’t hear him talk about it — he’s too concerned about the debt and tax cuts to talk about his actual stances on the issues and his record.

But we here in Massachusetts know for Mr. Tisei and the Republicans, the math just doesn’t add up.

Kelly LaPierre