By now, I am certain everyone has heard of the impending Fiscal Cliff. It is the lead story everywhere. Unfortunately, it is an economic cliff self-imposed by Congress that goes into effect due to the failures of the “Super Committee” from the fall of 2011.
As a quick review, in August 2011, President Obama and Congress were being criticized and faced plunging approval ratings since they couldn’t agree on the debt ceiling. My former opponent, Rep. John Larson proposed the “Super Committee” as a way to deflect attention from their failures. This self named “Super Committee” was charged with cutting $1.2 Trillion in spending over ten years if they raised the debt ceiling by $2 Trillion–which coincidently would get them past the Nov 2012 elections (Note: keep in mind we add $1.3 Trillion a YEAR to our National debt).
In agreeing to the “Super Committee” Congress agreed to raise the debt ceiling because it was written if the Super Committee failed to find the spending cuts over ten years, then sequestration and automatic spending cuts would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013–part one of the Fiscal Cliff.
So here we are–three days from the actual Fiscal Cliff–and nothing has been done. But I predicted all of this during my campaign. When I spoke about how our politicians in Washington are failing us–both Democrats and Republicans–this is just one perfect example. Payroll taxes will go up in a couple of days, tax rates are uncertain, AMT will hit 33 Million tax filers, Obamacare taxes, estate taxes, loss of deductions for charitable donations, etc…all this uncertainty adds up. But our politicians do nothing until the last minute which hurts all of us.
Please listen to what I said over two months ago during my campaign. It’s as applicable now as ever. It’s how businesses operate in the private sector vs. “kick the can” or “do nothing” attitude of our politicians. It’s how they enact laws yet exempt themselves. It’s a shame our politicians continue to fail us.
John Henry never envisioned himself entering into the political arena, but over the last several years, he found himself growing more concerned over the inefficiencies of our government and becoming outspoken over the fiscal irresponsibility of the politicians in Washington. In fact, he has said that deciding to run for Congress was the most difficult decision he has ever made. Ultimately, he decided to run because of his belief that each person must have the courage to speak up or step forward for what is right, despite the risk. He believes that Washington’s policies are failing us and that we need to change the direction of our country.
Three years ago, he wrote a letter to President Obama. The letter, while complimentary to the newly elected president, went into great personal detail regarding why John Henry was concerned the President’s stimulus bill would fail and simply add to the nation’s debt. He enclosed a copy of Aesop’s fable “Killing the Golden Goose” to further illustrate his point about the hardships being faced by middle class families in particular. He sent a copy of this letter to his Congressman. The letter he received in response from his Congressman ignited the political fire in John Henry. His Congressman, a 14 year incumbent in the 1st Congressional District, outlined “a long-term plan to return America to prosperity by investing in critical areas such as health care, clean energy and education while also reducing the federal deficit.” Later in the same letter, Representative Larson wrote, “It is noteworthy that, despite the cost of these crucial investments, the House’s FY 2010 budget would slash the federal deficit we inherited from the previous administration by two-thirds by 2013.”
Despite losing the election last month, John Henry remains committed to leading as a citizen in CT-1. With the Fiscal Cliff looming, John Henry has reached out to Congressman Larson, urging him to be a leader in Congress and rise above the political theatrics that are paralyzing Washington.
While we did not win, we can hold our heads high. We pushed the political machine and challenged the status quo. Our mounting debt remains unsustainable and a fiscal cliff still looms. If you voted for me, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
I would also like to thank all who volunteered, worked and fought to run a clean, honest and positive campaign. And please know I have a deep and sincere gratitude for those of you who contributed to the campaign. Times are tough but your donations were vital in helping us create and post signs and build awareness throughout the district. We could not have done anything without you.
Lastly, I cannot thank my family enough. The sacrifices you made for me over these last seven months did not go unnoticed and I appreciate you letting me pursue this goal with all I had.
After much prodding, poking and prepping, we’ve finally corralled Larson into a debate! If you can, please come out to support John at the Legislative Chambers of West Hartford Town Hall, Room 314. You will able to park in the lot surrounding the Town Hall, and if you bring in your parking ticket it can be validated in the room.
Bring signs, wear your Decker for Congress t-shirts and make some noise. Larson had a bunch of his supporters at the debate in 2010, so spread the word and bring some friends.
Please note the venue is a small room and seating capacity is only about 60. However, even if you cannot get in, it is important to turn out and show our strength.
We’re pleased to announce that John Henry has been officially endorsed by the Connecticut Citizen’s Defense League. “Our Constitutional rights have been severely eroded under the leadership of President Obama and John Larson,” said Decker in response to the CCDL endorsement.” And I firmly believe that if they are re-elected this November, our Second Amendment rights will be under direct attack. We cannot afford another Obama and Larson term for many reasons. Protecting our Second Amendment rights to defend our families and homes is certainly one of them.”
In addition to the CDDL endorsement the first time candidate has received a “B” rating from the National Rifle Association while John Larson has an “F” rating.
Mounting debt, partison divides, fiscal cliffs and unprecendented unemployment. Our politicians on both sides have failed us. They pat themselves on the back and play games while the rest of us suffer. Decker talks about this and more today at the Metro Hartford Alliance Forum. Check it out here: Decker On The Need To Return To A Citizens Congress