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No political puppet
November 2, 2018

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To the editor:

Perhaps you have seen the lawn signs around that say, "Save Medicare, Save Social Security, Vote Democratic," and thought, "Yeah, right. A scare tactic." Think again.

On Oct. 16, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Congress to rein in government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to slow America's increasing national debt.

He called the debt disturbing and said it's driven by the three entitlement programs. (I prefer to call Medicare and Social Security earned benefits and Medicaid a safety net.) He did not mention the recent GOP tax plan which the senate passed, that gave huge tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, thus diminishing government income and increasing the national debt.

The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that the GOP tax plan will add $1.9 trillion to our national debt over the next 10 years.

Ms. Stefanik marches in lockstep with her party's leadership, voting over 90 percent of the time with the current administration, with little regard for the needs of her constituents. Although Ms. Stefanik did not vote in favor of the GOP tax plan, she has played a role in the GOP plan to privatize Social Security and create a voucher system for Medicare.

According to U.S. Census, there are 121,415 people over 65 in our district, and therefore recipients of Medicare and Social Security. That number is about one out of every five people in NY-21. Privatizing Social Security and vouchering Medicare would be devastating for us.

Ms. Stefanik votes with little regard for what her constituents need. I don't want a political puppet representing me in Washington. I want someone who actually knows us and will work for the needs of her constituents, not her party.

Nina Matteau

Westport

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