The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 25, 2011

Your view: Who does Long represent?

By Bob Etherton
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — The House of Representatives voted to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid for anyone born after 1957. Our Rep. Billy Long was one of the Republicans who voted for the drastic budget.

A poll by the Washington Post-ABC News resulted in 78 percent against reducing Medicare and 69 percent against reducing Medicaid. Further, 72 percent are in favor of a tax increase for those with an annual income above $250,000.

What reason will the Republicans need to agree to a tax increase for the rich? Are the rich ever expected to share in this budget shortfall?

It’s time to let Rep. Billy Long know that he represents us and not the Wall Street group and the rich.

Bob Etherton

Joplin