BOHEMIA, NY, Jan 4 – The nation “bungee jumped off the fiscal cliff on New Year’s Day.”
That’s the way Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, described the legislation passed by Congress to avert financial calamity as President Obama prepares to kick off his second term.
“We took the leap, alright, but the bungee cord that Congress handed us at the eleventh hour saved our necks for the time being. It will pull us back up to the top of the cliff, but the question is can we survive the fall a second time? Meanwhile, far from protecting the nation from a whole slew of new taxes, the fix our lawmakers patched together actually increases the tax burden for all Americans,” according to Weber.
“And, while the notorious 2% that the President allegedly singled out for tax increases in the New Year may well be able to afford a hike, the rest of us 98 per centers in the lower brackets can ill afford to shell out more in order that the administration can continue its spending spree.”
The AMAC chief said that he fears the next four years will be a redux of the Obama administration’s first term. “He will continue seeking to use his Senate majority to force the nation to accept socialist ideologies and to abandon the values and principles that helped the U.S. to thrive for two and a quarter centuries.”
Weber acknowledged the Republican majority in the House and said that it is up to them to offer strong, loyal opposition in Congress if we are to prevent “a cataclysmic change” in our way of life. Meanwhile, he said, we need to offer support for those lawmakers who are willing to wage a successful resistance movement.
AMAC will be there, he said, exerting its influence where it can in Washington. And, he said that the association’s membership should do what they can as individuals to exert influence in their communities.
“There are many challenges ahead for the nation, not the least of which are crushing debt and Social Security and Medicare reform. Thus, we urge lawmakers in the House to put up a valiant fight for significant government spending cuts when it comes time to increase the debt ceiling in the coming months. And, they must use what leverage they have to address the pressing need for reforms that will ensure the viability of Social Security and Medicare for our children and grandchildren.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue. Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a chat.
The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation. Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.