Letter: We reap whatsoever Mark soweth

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:15 AM

To the editor:

I made a weekly contribution to my IRA account beyond what "the law allowed."

It was maybe $50 and it went unnoticed by my bank and I, and was declared on my tax return.

Three years later, however, came the notice from the IRS - they had audited a $29,000/year employee and "discovered" the $50 discrepancy in my 1991 IRA!

There were taxes to pay. Moreover, penalties, and a requirement that I calculate and account for that $50 separately from the other $2,500 in that IRA CD going forward.

The Health Savings Account where I was to set aside money against health care expenses posed a problem. As long as I spent enough on health care, I got a tax break on those costs. However, if I did not get sick, or break any bones, lost the money in my HSA!

Just two of the reasons I have been frustrated with "big government" over the years. There are as many examples as there are members of Congress - and with good reason, they create these "unintended consequences" at the intersection of the ideological positions they impose upon efforts to create effective legislation.

In addition, of course, to appeal to the donor class that funds their re-election efforts. “We” do not count in that calculation. “We” cannot afford to compete with the individuals and corporations who pave America’s political landscape with their gold.

The parties John Adams decried in 1787 have spent decades crafting safe districts through creative redistricting efforts resulting in "safe seats" for congressmen and divided, ineffectual, ideologically driven politics in Washington so that you and I, while "represented," are more likely to be used than heard.

In North Carolina, the majority of voters cannot elect a majority of our congressional representatives by districts designed to effectively silence "the opposition."

I am not "the opposition," I am your neighbor!

While we may not reduce the influence of corporate and "big donor" funding or eliminate "corporate personhood," we can eliminate the coordination of party objectives with redistricting so that we are all effectively represented in congressional elections according to our common interests.

With computer and GPS technology there is no obstacle to create independent congressional districts that fairly represent the citizens within each – that truly represent “us.”

We must return this process to the people whom it was intended to serve. For, as we have seen in Washington, D.C., what the parties have crafted to their ends fails to serve our ends.

Kathleen Kaminski