To the Journal editor:
I visited U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's constituent office with 10 others a couple weeks ago. We came because we had heard that Congress was going to vote on whether to extend the Bush era tax cuts to people who make more than $200,000 per year.
We wanted to enter as a group so we could deliver a statement together asking our congressman not to support extending tax cuts for the rich. Not only weren't we permitted to enter, a police officer was called to ask us to leave
This is ridiculous. We were very civil and all we wanted to do was address our representative's office.
We were allowed to enter the office (one at a time, not together), but we couldn't even line up in the hallway. We had to wait in line outside of the building, on Front Street in Marquette on a very hot day, for the office to allow us in one at a time.
Rep. Benishek argues that we're wasting too much money in government. However, if we're making cuts to public health, safety and education programs, and still giving huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, aren't the tax cuts the real problem?
Most middle class, working families are already paying a higher percentage of their income in taxes than the super-rich.
When his own public constituent office in the heart of his district is just an answering machine with some staffers, who is Rep. Benishek to talk about waste?
Just last month I heard that the good doctor was quoted saying that we, his constituents, "don't want to work." Really? How would he know if we can't even talk to him?
As a reader of The Mining Journal and a constituent of Rep. Benishek, I humbly request today that he have a public town hall meeting in Marquette so we can communicate with him.