Thursday, August 04, 2011

An Open Letter from Jim Davis Founder of Veterans for Change

Jim Davis, Founder and CEO of Veterans for Change, has done it again, this time in an open letter to his Congressional Representative, Senators, and the President of the United States of America, In God We Trust!

Reproduced here with the permission of the author, Jim Davis:

Jim Davis
Founder and CEO, Veterans-For-Change,
Son of Retired Marine
Garden Grove, CA 92840

August 4, 2011

Dear Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Congresswoman Sanchez, and President Obama,

It's been bad enough government grows in size almost every day, our financial situation gets worse and worse to the point that by the time 2040 rolls around, the United States will not longer be the United States as we will have such a massive debt we won't even be able to meet the interest payments.

Then we will no longer be a free nation, we will be owned by whom ever the lender with the greatest investment is, either Russia or China.

Congress and the President are constantly asking Americans to sacrifice to make our nation grow, but sacrifice to what end and what growth?

Social Security funds have constantly been borrowed against and never repaid, the retirement age is continually increased forcing those in the working class to work 5-10 years longer just to retire on a meager income which WE and our employers pay into and Congress and the President are excluded from.

You force our Veterans to sacrifice even more! Not only have they served their Country with pride, honor and dignity, but then are forced to come home and continue to battle with the very same Country they served!

But they're asked to do even more, to give up benefits, services, medical care, is this how our Country thanks them for their service?

Then we have the children through no fault of their own are asked to give up too, by means of education cuts, reduction in teachers, and increases in class sizes.

When was the last time a member of Congress gave up a portion of their salary? When was the last time a member of Congress had their benefits cut?

Mr. President, you are the leader of this country, and with that position comes great responsibility, and with that responsibility some very hard and very tough decisions must be made.

But, Mr. President, where were your hard line decisions on cutting staff, cutting salaries, cutting benefits, cutting bonuses and perks? They're non-existent because you expect, no you demand that the American public give it up so the rich become richer on the backs of the working class and poor.

Congressman Boehner should not nor should any member of Congress even be thinking about raising the social security retirement age!

No member of Congress should be thinking about cutting the NDAA budget or the VA budget. You want and must make cuts, but start at the top!

Congress must stop acting like children in a sand box or on a playground and end the fighting among yourselves and do the job WE THE PEOPLE put you in office to do!

We did not hire you to fight, we did not hire you to spend our hard earned tax dollars on pet projects or giving it away in social programs for illegal aliens, and for the record no I will not ever address an illegal alien as an "immigrant" to me that is a slap in the face, an insult to all the millions who have come to our country using all fully legal methods and protocols.

And for once it would be nice it all 535 members of Congress stood tall before the American Public and said yes we will fight any form of Amnesty, any form of Immigration Reform and we will demand full enforcement of our immigration laws!

And for once it would be really nice if all 535 members of Congress were to put their heads together and find ways to cut our budget by no less than 20% across the board starting at the top and working your way down, avoiding Seniors, Veterans and Children!

You want to bring back more jobs, then I'd strongly suggest you look at all businesses in the United States who export jobs. Tax them heavily to do export jobs and tax them heavily on all products made in a foreign country and shipped into the United States for purchase.

Stop waiving import and export fees no matter who is involved. If they want to do business then let them do it and pay to do it!

It's not that hard, and keep in mind YOU do work for us, we do NOT work for you!

You saw a huge upset in 2010 elections with members of Congress, well rest assured we are all ANGRY and mad as hell and no we will NOT take this mess any more!

So I very strongly urge you to think very long and very hard and develop a budget we can live by and prove you can reduce government spending.

We the People are still paying $40 for a generic 60 watt light bulb. If our federal employees can't find a better price, well then they need to be replaced! Think about it!

Congresswoman Sanchez, I have a challenge for you. If you are as dedicated to Veterans as you have claimed to be, then let’s schedule a town hall meeting here in Orange County and I will personally notify all Veteran Service Organizations and pack a hall for you!


Jim Davis
Founder & CEO Veterans-For-Change,
Son of Retired Marine

Outstanding Jim. Indeed, all three branches of government have totally lost touch with the American people, and indeed, with America itself.


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  1. Anonymous06:29

    I think if you check, Congress must also pay into SS

  2. Ron Miller09:34

    Very good letter, but I have to disagree with him on the point that this President did not "demand that the American public give it up so the rich become richer on the backs of the working class and poor". From all accounts he attempted to sway the opposition and tea party to increase taxes on the wealthy and not balance the deficit on the backs of the middle class. They refused to budge. From my perspective the Republicans and their cohorts are protecting the rich so they can supposedly increase employment, which is a farce.
    I may have interpreted this wrong, but I believe this President is trying to do the right thing for the middle class but he is stopped at every juncture by the uncompromising opposition. He is stopped from implementing even minor things to make him look bad, even if they are good for this country.
    As a footnote, I was hoping that this forum would not be a place to point fingers or place blame as I believe that a lot of administrations, on both sides of the aisle, have contributed to this morass.

  3. Correct technically. The law was implemented in 1984. However those who were hired as Federal employees prior to 1984 could opt out, or switch to Social Security, so there are still some government workers not part of Social Security.

    Social Security was mandatory for legislative branch employees.

    Thanks for bringing this up.


  4. Ron,

    It is all in the way the argument is presented.

    This stuff effects us all.


  5. romil11:34

    I agree that this affects us all, but I don't agree with posting it on a website that is to focus on veterans and their needs. There are hundreds of websites and blogs where I feel this kind of message would be more relevant. I re-read the reasons for the existence of VASVW and nowhere does it state that you are to promote political arguments, one way or another which is one of the reasons I joined. Except for 2 paragraphs of his 23 paragraph posting there is nothing about veterans.
    Thanks for your support of veterans.

  6. Whether you think so or not, the letter is apolitical. It addresses the serious issies facing all of us today, and not just Veterans, but all of us INCLUDING Veterans.

    If you see politics in this, you are very mistaken. If anything it is a statement against the politics of Washington, which has indeed lost touch with the day to day realities of the American people.

    This blog will continue to put up posts that affect Veterans and these issues affect Veterans.

    If you like what's been going on in DC recently, then you may be as out of touch as those inside the Beltway.

    You seem to forget just a few days back when we had to makie a concerted effort to defeat an amendment to the NDAA bill by Senator Coburn from Oklahoma that would have reduced or eventually eliminated Agent Orange Benefits to Vietnam Veterans.

    We are apolitical here, and when one party goes across the line and goes after Veterans we will go after them. When both go over the line, we will go after them all, and Jim has done so here, and quite well.

    Any further quetions about this will be deleted, so if you still want to push the issue, yuse the "email me" link near the top of the left column.