You are probably hearing a lot out of Washington D.C. about tough choices that have to be made by the end of the year. Choices that will affect your family for decades to come.
You may wind up being told your health care benefits could shrink or that you have to pay more for college. Or that you can do with less pollution control or medical research. You may be told to rely on fewer safety inspectors or air traffic controllers. Or that your retirement security could be at risk.
The reality is, these are your tax dollars. How your money is spent -- and what exactly it's spent on -- should be your priorities, not corporate lobbyists and faceless conglomerates.
Tell your lawmakers to use common sense when dealing with our fragile economy and reducing our debt. Drastic, across-the-board cuts in the things that keep your family safe and secure do little to dramatically reduce the deficit, but they do hurt real people.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I want our nation's spending to reflect my priorities -- secure retirement and affordable health care, reliable food and product safety inspections, a well-regulated financial system, and affordable higher education.
Achieving these priorities while getting our nation's fiscal house in order is possible without the draconian cuts now on the table. Please work with your colleagues to develop a common-sense budget that does not hurt hardworking Americans for decades to come.
[Your comment added here.]
This is a debate about our nation's -- and my family's -- priorities. I urge you to work with your colleagues to develop a strong budget that will slowly reduce our nation's debt without harming my family's health, safety or economic future.
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