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To the Editor

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by Josh Jackson, Loyal 9 staff

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Thanks for sending your letters. We have heard back from many that the shock of just one week in congress has spurred you to action. You have been sending letters and passing on the article "Judas" we published last week.


We wanted to create a version of the article as a letter to the editor, nearly-ready to send, that could fit in the two-hundred-fifty-word limit of many papers but still cover the basic details (and give Loyal9 a public boost). Please alter as necessary to apply to your area and get your letter published in the papers. I will be sending to my local papers in St George, UT. We must wake people up.


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To the Editor:


Congress just passed three of the most outrageous bills of the decade -- in one week. EVERY Utah Congressman and Sen. Hatch voted for these or stayed off the record.


1) December 9: Senate approved virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American, without court order. This is done without putting bill on public calendar and without recording the vote. In house, Stewart, Chaffetz, and rest voted yes.


2) December 10: House budget bill includes passage guaranteeing banks' bets (five biggest banks each have over 40 trillion dollars exposure). Now, banks’ risky bets are bailed out ahead of time. Heads, they win. Tails, tax payers lose.


3) The same night, after the budget vote, the house conveniently never adjourned their session. Constitution tracker Loyal9.org documents that three Reps stayed behind, and in less than one minute, those three passed major actions on Russian sanctions, perhaps the most precarious issue of our time. The bill implements tariffs, company-specific bans (that benefit specific US corporations), billions of dollars in weapons, and proactive permission to the president to escalate aggression. The senate ratified it two days later -- again without announcing it on the calendar, again without debate, again without a roll call vote. Although the Utah house members were not present, silence after the fact connotes complicity.


These three actions, and the secrecy in the process, make it clear to even the most trusting, that our country is in grave danger, and the risk is greatest from our own elected officials.


Sincerely,


You


Comments






Judy
CO
15 Jan 2015
at 12:00PM

Stop supporting Corporate America and worry about the real people who make them money. We The People who break our backs for them to sit high on the money hill.

Luke
UT
21 Jan 2015
at 05:53PM

Linda S from CA shared this with us, a shorter version she created for her newspaper, which has a cap of 200 words. She said others are welcome to use it.<br> ”In 1 week, Congress just passed 3 of the most outrageous bills of the decade. EVERY Utah Congressman and Sen. Hatch voted for these or stayed off the record. <br> 1) 12/9/14: Senate approved unlimited access to communications of every American, without court order, without putting the bill on public calendar or recording the vote. In House, Stewart, Chaffetz, and rest voted yes.<br> 2) 12/10/14: House Budget Bill includes passage guaranteeing bank bets (5 biggest banks each have >$40 trillion exposure). Now, bank risks are bailed out ahead of time. Heads, they win; tails, taxpayers lose.<br> 3) The same night, the House never adjourned. Constitution tracker Loyal9.org documents that 3 Reps stayed behind, and in less than a minute passed major actions on Russian sanctions, perhaps the most precarious issue of our time. The bill implements tariffs, company-specific bans (i.e., specific US corporations), billions of dollars in weapons and proactive permission to the president to escalate aggression. The senate ratified it 2 days later without announcing it on the calendar, without debate and without roll call vote. These 3 actions in secrecy show that the U.S. is in grave danger, and the risk is greatest from our own elected officials."


Regarding HR 4138: "What a shame that we have to pass ANOTHER law to get them to follow the law."

- Linda S., Loyal 9 member, CA




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