Wicker so far disappoints on his work for the people
My letter is in response to Sen. Roger Wicker’s column in the Nov. 3 edition of the Journal.
Wicker, in his opening remarks to the conference committee, opposes tax increases and focuses on Washington’s spending problem. Yet he still votes to subsidize Big Oil, even though in 2011 the three largest oil companies in the U.S. made a profit of more than $80 billion. Instead of taxpayer giveaways to an industry that has never been more profitable, why aren’t we using that money to double-down on investments in clean energy technologies that will actually benefit Americans? Don’t talk to me about “job creators.”
Over a three-month period this summer, McDonald’s made a profit of $1.5 biliion, and, like Wal-Mart, directed many of their employees to food stamp and Medicaid websites to help supplement their income. Does Wicker really want to “slow growth” of these programs as he says? When has he supported an increase in minimum wage? I invite him to read “Nothing to Fear – FDR’s Inner Circle” and the “Hundred Days That Created Modern America,” by Adam Cohen. Is he familiar with Keynesian economics?
There are plenty of good ideas out there, and we have elected Wicker to come up with some. We depend on him to help guide the United States through bad economic times, but in my view, he helped create the problem.
Wicker says he wants to end “paralyzing Washington gridlock,” and he voted twice to continue Republican filibusters of nominations for a judge and the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
He personally has power, great health care and retirement plans, and will do anything to hold onto that, right?
I challenge the senator to commit to holding authentic, non-staged town hall meetings, the way Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, VT) does. I want to hear Wicker tell the citizens of Mississippi, who are depending on him, exactly how he defines “strengthening” Social Security and Medicare. I want to hear his definition of “entitlements,” and why he opposes tax increases for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. I would like to see a list of his campaign contributors.
In his last paragraph, he virtually committed to being “willing to roll up (his) sleeves and make tough decisions.” We are watching. I hope he surprises me.
Billy Wilemon Jr.