On September 30, 2011 several area residents of the 9th Congressional District gathered at the Washington district office of Congressmen Blaine Luetkemeyer to present a petition signed by 7,600 constituents. The petition stated:
Dear Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer,
7,600 of your constituents have signed a petition that says: “I stand with Warren Buffet. It’s time for Congress to stop coddling the super-rich and make them pay their fair share.”
Will you pledge to support the “Buffet Rule” calling for millionaires – like you – to pay the same tax rate as the middle class?
We are looking forward to a response from Congressman Luetkemeyer. He holds a position in which integrity is vital. No other occupation in the country can vote themselves a raise and vote to lower their own taxes. With this ability comes great responsibility. As it stands now, Congress can give themselves a pay raise and lower tax rates while asking you to give up your Social Security. Maybe it should be the other way around. We can vote to keep our jobs and Social Security while asking them to cover that cost by paying the same tax rates as working people.
At the very least millionaire politicians should recuse themselves from voting on issues that they would directly benefit from. Almost every profession’s Code of Ethics prohibits direct involvement that is a conflict of interest between a person’s personal and professional position. Congressional ethics – there’s a concept.
Thanks to Lloyd, Bobbi, Susan, and Marcy for taking the time to accompany me in presenting this petition. I wold also like to thank Staff Assistant Mary Tinsley of the Congressman’s office for her graceful response to our visit.