NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 12, 2012

Dear President Obama and Speaker Bohner

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Joe D'Amore and Joseph A. D'Amore

---- — Gentleman: It is our sincerest desire that the Age of Entrenchment is over.

We are encouraged by you, Mr. President, with these words you offered immediately after the election

“ ... I am not wedded to every detail of my plan ... I am open to compromise.” Well, let us help you along. It is not your prerogative to redistribute the wealth of our nation globally and of successful Americans at home. It is wrong to call us and many folks we know as “rich” and members of the same economic class as you. Triggering punitive and re-distributive taxation at a $250,000 salary level is disturbing . We know hair dressers and plumbers with working spouses who hover at these levels. We are not rich. We are working people who sacrificed a great deal to be successful in spreading modest wealth, creating jobs, paying taxes and fees and being good consumers, which is salve to bruised economy.

Why don’t you use the Securities & Exchange Commission definition of an accredited investor instead to establish a baseline for equitable taxation? $300,000 household income or $250,000 single income in the last two years and/or $1,000,000 net worth excluding primary residence. That would would make more sense.

We hope you understand, Mr. President, that there are those who wish us to destroy us and have discovered the means through the ballot box instead of bombs. The Muslim Brotherhood has leveraged democracy to convert our former friends in dangerous places like the Middle East. Egypt and soon-to-be Libya are excellent examples of this disastrous conversion.

Where we once had tolerable friends, we now have foes and all legally installed through democratic elections. We are concerned that your well-meaning “Chamberlain-ian” stance of appeasement to our enemies such as Iran remains uncertain in its intended outcome. You’ll realize this when they successfully explode their first nuclear device under the Salt Sands of Persia next summer. And then it will be too late. So how about a strong military combined with severe economic sanctions to help contain this threat until two or three generations from now when the Islamofascism experiment fails and they revert to rejoining the global community?

And while on this vein, would you consider abandoning the drive to transfer American authority to keep world order to the United Nations where unsympathetic members such as China and Russia hold veto power over us? We implore you to rethink your current energy policy that preserves sworn enemies of our state as the primary suppliers of our oil. The Keystone Pipeline remains a viable solution to defend our strategic interests. Additionally, please consider that the key to immigration reform starts first with closing our borders to criminals.

Mr. Bohner: You have have caused us a great deal of angst too. You have prosecuted open warfare on the president of the United States with the sole purpose of terminating his tenure. On Nov. 6 the people spoke to settle the matter. Subsequently, and to the astonishment of millions, you issued a cacophony of conciliatory statements signalling acceptance of portions of Obamacare, immigration reform, increased taxation, tax reform and modest reductions in entitlements. It was utterly breathtaking But why were you silent on these while our nation suffered for four years?

It wasn’t until Nov. 7 that these leanings were conspicuous and this proved to be harmful to our nation.

We respectfully remind you both that the people of the United States have reached a zero-tolerance mandate for gridlock. The extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and aversion of the “fiscal cliff” will be your first, tentative opportunity to engage in a collaborative engagement where agreed-upon solutions reign over adherent ideology.

And though a warming of relations has materialized, it remains distinctly unsettling today that neither of you have yet to announce respectively what you will precisely give up.

Therefore, we invite you both to come on over to the dark side where which many of us Americans have quietly and patiently waited for decisive leadership in Washington and of which you both now retain an exclusive duty to illuminate — the middle!

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Joe D’Amore lives in Groveland and Joseph A. D’Amore is a freshman English major at Stonehill College in Easton.