, Newburyport, MA


June 3, 2014

Tierney gets all the perks

To the editor:

Today, most people are concerned about what kids are learning in school. We may disagree on the issues: federal government intervention with common core curriculum, minority history, religion, etc. But what if the Department of Education suddenly sent out an unfunded mandate that schools would be required to cancel their spring vacation and extend the school year? The mandate would make states responsible for any increased cost due to school year extensions.

Then just before Christmas, the winter vacation is abolished. Then, this is repeated before each following holiday, even though officials kept swearing it wouldn’t happen. Finally, just before summer break, the department opines that parents, teachers and children do not realize how much good an extended school year is and decree summer break abolished for July.

How would people feel? Do you think this action would be tolerated? Probably not. But this is exactly what has happened with Obamacare. Politicians, like John Tierney, passed this bill four years ago, including an individual mandate or fine for failure to sign up. The law can’t be implemented.

Billions have been spent to unsuccessfully convince us President Obama and his crew have not lied to us. After endless policy and schedule delays (38 to date), we’ve been told that the March 31 deadline has been extended indefinitely. This is a de facto cancellation of the mandate.

Mr. Tierney voted for the Affordable Care Act bill. The ACA has cost billions, and ordinary people have to assume the cost burden. While supporting his party, at our expense, he receives a salary well above the mean of his constituents. He gets all those perks. Perks, which are private sector taboos, targeted by political progressives. He’ll receive a huge retirement. And, finally, he will not be subjected to the same Obamacare terms that we all have to bear. How is that fair?

Erin Butt


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