Some questions for local politicians

 

To The Editor:

For many months now, people throughout this country have watched and listened to debates and interviews involving the various Republican candidates for their party’s nomination for President. During that time, these various candidates have been asked many tough, and many times embarrassing questions relating to their positions on many issues. And that is the way it rightfully should be so that Republican voters have a basis upon which to compare candidates when they cast their votes.

And that is the way it rightfully should be in all primary elections, at all levels of government. That is the way our democracy was meant to work. Unfortunately, that is not the case in the Democratic Party-controlled “Democratic Peoples’ Republic of the Bronx” where, because of political pressure, primary contests are almost non-existent, and consequently the voters have basically no idea as to how their incumbent legislator stands on various controversial issues.

I am now going to take this opportunity to ask Congressman Eliot Engel and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz questions relating to some current issues, the answers to which I think their constituents would be interested in:

1. Since the Social Security Trust Fund is by law supposed to be completely funded by the payroll tax which was set at 6.2% (up to a certain maximum amount of earned income), and recently for political purposes was temporarily reduced by 2% to 4.2%, should that 2% (which expires at the end of this month) be extended through the rest of the year? If yes, why? And what should be done next year?

2. The current maximum length of unemployment benefits (which is also expiring) is 99 weeks. Should it also be extended? Should the number remain at 99 weeks? Should it be lowered? Should it be raised? How long do you two legislators believe a person is entitled to unemployment benefits?

I have many more questions to ask both Congressman Engel and Assemblyman Dinowitz, but the above two will suffice at this time. Both incumbent politicians are up for reelection this year and in all likelihood will face no primary where questions will be asked of them.

I hope their responses (or lack of responses) to the legitimate questions I posed today (and will pose in the future) will in some small measure influence thinking people who just don’t blindly follow the party line as to how to cast their precious votes.

Alvin Gordon

 

 

 

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