To the Journal editor:
I write as one of 10 people who stopped by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's office on July 30. All 10 of us wanted to tell Benishek to vote to support tax breaks for the middle class, and to end tax breaks for those making over $200,000.00 ($250,000 for couples). We were told we couldn't enter the office and the police were called. This is so outrageous and undemocratic I am both angry and saddened.
As I recall, Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, recently stated publicly that his constituents "don't want to work," even while he's got constituents lined up at Michigan Works. The work isn't out there and we need Benishek to do his job so we can do ours. Allowing these tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent would bring in $477,360,000 to Michigan.
That would allow our state and others to create many jobs. Economists have argued that this would grow the economy more than a big, fat, unneeded handout to people who don't need the money.
What is the purpose of the taxpayers paying for a constituent office where we can't even address our Representative? He hasn't had any public meetings in months, and is not scheduled to appear publicly anytime in the future.
He should take his job more seriously and meet with the voters in Marquette-especially the ones he doesn't agree with.