Walden’s hypocrisy means I support McLeod-Skinner

I am 90 years old and happily retired in Baker City. I worked many years as a paid employee before opening and running my own bookstore for 25 years. During this time, I always contributed to Social Security and Medicare. I retired at 72 and now rely on these programs to meet my monthly expenses.

Without them, my quality of life would be destroyed.

In April, Greg Walden voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment, a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to approve budgets that spend no more than incoming revenue.

This sounds like a prudent way to keep our national budget in line. But for the Republicans in Congress to declare they support fiscal responsibility after approving $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich is hypocrisy at its worst. Had this amendment been approved, Congress would have considered substantial cuts to Americans’ earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Most of us try to be responsible citizens and live within our means. Automatic deductions for Social Security and Medicare are taken out of our paychecks and because of this, we qualify for benefits when we reach 65 and retire from the workforce. These are not “entitlements” as many Republicans like to call them. They are programs that we have contributed to for our entire working lives and are designed to help us maintain our independence in old age.

For Greg Walden to endorse tax cuts for the wealthy and then pretend to support fiscal responsibility is absurd. He is reneging on his duty to the citizens of our district and putting our lives at risk.

Fortunately, we have an opportunity to make a change. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running to be our new representative. She realizes that the recent tax cut passed by Congress made our system of taxation less fair and she does not support it. She will advocate for our families and communities and not for special interests. She cares about the hard working and retired people in our district. Learn more about Jamie and join me in voting her into office in November.

Gloria Gordon

Baker City