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Letter: The middle class American is under attack

October 12, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To The Editor:

An Oct. 2, 2011 article in The Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, documented the extent that Pennsylvania is unions are under attack. Other states, including Florida are attacking unions in order to suppress their collective powers to organize and their abilities to financially support candidates in an election.

Florida has passed voter suppression laws, taken away teachers' rights to tenure and collective bargaining.

Teachers now pay 3 percent of pension amounts from the salaries. This 3 percent cannot be spent in their local communities.

Back to where these attacks on unions are occurring, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and other states.

Why question? Is this a coincidence or is there a plan to suppress large voting blocks in the 2012 presidential election?

Florida has even reduced Early Voting hours which is hardest on working people who do not have excess time to stand in long lines.

How Question. State legislators are passing suppression laws and laws that curb union-funding of elections. This is happening county-wide and is growing.

Some 99 percent rallies occurring across the country are about those serious attacks on middle-class America.

Middle-class values and standard of living are obliterated. Some 99 percent of rallies are spreading to college protesters.

Another factor in decimating the middle-class is the outrageous cost of health care. This loss has escalated beyond a reasonable percent of middle class income.

Both of the above should be construed as attacks on middle class, some 99 percent of Americans.

To prosper, we must stop attacking the middle class. We must be willing to support the Jobs Bill to restore middle class jobs. Legislators must be Americans first, Republicans and Democrats second.

I would ask your readers to contact Rep. Connie Mack in the U.S. House of Representatives who represents us in District 14 and tell him what is happening to the middle class.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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