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Not here for me

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A little over a month ago, I received a robo call from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, ending with: “Remember, I’m here for you.”

Were you here for me when you voted to shut down the government, costing $24 billion to the American economy?

Were you here for me when you voted “no” on a bill to spend $23 billion spread over 10 years to build new VA facilities and hire more staff? Were you here for me when you voted “yes” to give rich people a $300 billion tax break?

Really? “Yes” for a $300 billion tax break for rich people and “no” for $23 billion over 10 years to enhance health care for our veterans who are coming home and applying in record numbers for the care they were promised after serving in two unfunded wars and are now crippled, maimed and mentally and physically damaged?

Were you here for me when you voted to reduce promised VA benefits?

Are you here for me now when I emailed you three times expressing my concerns but you deign to not answer hard questions?

Are you here for me when I cannot leave a message on your answering machine because the message box is full and has been for over a year?

Are you are here for me when you are on track to work a whopping 144 days this year?

Maybe you broke your campaign promises and don’t need to be re-elected. Maybe you aren’t here for me at all.

Robert Harlow

Harvard

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