THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Choose a Temperament of Respect

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S.CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS!”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

In former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini’s classic memoir, FROM THE CENTER
OF THE AISLE, he tells on page 119 about a question he would ask every
judicial nominee that came before his committee. He asked: “Will you
maintain a temperament of respect to those that appear before you, whether
they are defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or lawyers, after you are
sworn into office?”

“TEMPERAMENT OF RESPECT.” That’s the story of our time, isn’t it? Either
the presence of a “temperament of respect” or the lack of it.

The Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory in the special congressional election in
Pennsylvania last week should give voters in our District 6 hope that the
same thing could happen here.

Conservative NEW YORK TIMES columnist David Brooks writes:
“Conor Lamb is wrong on a bunch of stuff, but he is a breath of fresh air
for this country. This year, restoring character and shared moral norms
matters most. Policy is secondary.” (“Worthy Is the Lamb,” by David
Brooks, NEW YORK TIMES, 3/15/18, www.nytimes.com)

Moreover, I received an email two days ago from Hillary Clinton in which
she shares: “This week, I’ve been traveling abroad, talking to people
about how our countries have grown and changed over the last few years. I
was so proud to be able to share with folks here that Conor Lamb won his
race on Tuesday, thanks to the hard work of organizers and volunteers in
the 18th district of Pennsylvania who made their voices heard.” Then she
adds: “…recommit to vote in your next local election. It couldn’t be
more important.” (“our most fundamental right,” by Hillary Clinton,
3/16/18, info@onwardtogether.org.)

Friends, it is so important that all Democrats and left-leaning
Independents vote in the upcoming General Election in November. A Democrat
can win in our district so that climate change issues can be supported,
reasonable gun safety measures can be adopted, and public education can be
favored with the respect it deserves.

If you would like to contribute to my campaign, please go to my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a Donation” so that my
efforts to gather signatures along with my volunteers can be bolstered. If
you would like to volunteer to get signatures on my nomination petitions,
please contact me at the above number or send me an email.

Remember “THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS!” but I need your help to get elected so
that I can be your next congressman. I believe in the importance of having
a “temperament of respect” and that is what I will bring to my service to
you if you choose me to represent you in Washington.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

PAID FOR BY WILLIAMSON FOR U.S. CONGRESS

The Future Can Be Ours: DACA Requires Our Support

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Make no mistake, I support DACA totally. I find I am in good company with
no less than Federal Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court
in Brooklyn expressing a view that I share.

Judge Garaufis has said that ending DACA would have “profound and
irreversible” social costs, as it would result in hundreds of thousands of
recipients becoming separated from their families. “It is impossible to
understand the full consequences of a decision of this magnitude,” he has
written.

At a hearing in January, he also criticized President Trump for his
“recurring redundant drumbeat of anti-Latino commentary.”

“This isn’t ordinary,” Judge Garaufis said. “In this country, in over 250
years, it’s extreme, it’s recurrent and it’s vicious.”

In his ruling on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Judge Garaufis based his decision to
keep DACA in place for now on the Administrative Procedure Act, which
forbids the government from acting arbitrarily or capriciously in changing
federal policy. (“Second Federal Judge Issues Injunction to Keep DACA in
Place” by Alan Feuer, New York Times, 2/13/18, www.nytimes.com).

If elected to be your congressman on November 6, I will do everything I
can to support DACA and the young people–whether of Latino or of other
ethnic groups–who were brought to America as children and have grown up
here. This is their homeland on a practical basis and they should, in my
view, be allowed to stay here.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to my campaign, please
check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a
Donation” and by means of safe and secure PayPal you may bolster my
efforts to unseat the incumbent, Rep. David Schweikert.

Thank you for your time and remember “The Future Can Be Ours!”

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

PAID FOR BY WILLIAMSON FOR U.S.CONGRESS

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: YES TO DACA!

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS!”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Why is it the right thing to renew the program called DACA (Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

Here’s what Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary under both Presidents
George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has to say:

“The United States faces extraordinary security challenges that are
placing growing pressure on our armed forces. Those forces are stronger
when they embody the nation’s diversity, drawing from a large pool of
willing young people able to adapt to changing threats. That is why we
need legislation that will provide a pathway to citizenship for those
immigrants who, among other attributes, are serving or have served in the
military, whether they are in America legally or were brought here
illegally as children. That kind of policy will help the military recruit
new service members and improve readiness.

“In light of the service and sacrifice of those immigrants — legal or not
— it is also the right thing to do.” (“Robert Gates: Ending DACA Will Hurt
Immigrant Troops,” NEW YORK TIMES, 11/8/17, www.nytimes.com).

Some 800,000 people are currently participating in the DACA program. These
are by and large young people who were brought to the United States when
they were kids and in the care of their parents. Coming to the USA was
beyond their control, and they should not be punished, I believe, because
this happened to them. They have grown up in our country and this is the
only culture they know. To take them out of it by deporting them to their
country of origin would be a cruel consequence for something they had no
control over.

In the same article, Secretary Gates also states: “Being an American is
more than just passing an exam about United States history and the
Constitution. It is more than one’s knowledge and beliefs. Being an
American is also about a willingness to put oneself in harm’s way to
defend the country. It is about honor and duty.” Further: “More than 800
so-called Dreamers who received temporary authorization to stay and work
in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program, recently revoked by President Trump, are now serving in the armed
forces. They are able to serve because of a program I authorized in 2008
aimed at recruiting immigrants with medical, foreign language or other
specialized skills. The program was extended when we found that these
recruits had lower attrition rates than other recruits and, in particular,
contributed invaluable language skills to Special Operations units. More
than 350 additional DACA recipients have signed contracts with the Army
and are awaiting basic training. If Congress fails to act, these recruits’
permits will expire. They will not be eligible to serve and will instead
be at risk of deportation.” (ibid.)

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS if we continue the DACA program and recognize
its value to our nation as well as to the earnest human beings who are
currently enrolled in it. DACA recipients are at this very moment serving
on behalf of our country in the armed forces in jobs that contribute to
America’s success and security. If elected as your next congressman, I
will continue to support the DACA program and everything it stands for:
fairness to those who came here as children and now pursue constructive
lives and careers in our great country.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please go to my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
If you would like to volunteer to help me get signatures so that I can get
on the ballot, please respond to this email or call me at the above
campaign number.

Thanks, and remember: THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: My Father’s Legacy

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Should Be Ours!”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

I was having a hard time getting it together to write a campaign email for
Father’s Day, but after consuming a whole bag of Fry’s Veggie Chips, I
find I have the strength to carry on.

When I was eleven years old, I made the Little League All-Star team in
Vestal, New York, which is just west of Binghamton, along the Pennsylvania
border. The day of our first game came, which was going to take place in
Oswego, over near Elmira.

Just before the game was about to start, I was told I couldn’t play
because I did not have a birth certificate to prove my age. I cried for
the rest of the day.

Later that summer, I traveled to Detroit, the city of my birth, to visit
my grand-parents on my mom’s side. My Grandma took me to the Wayne County
Vital Statistics office where she obtained for me a wallet sized birth
certificate. Before we left, my Grandma Steininger gave the clerk a piece
of her mind because the service had taken so long.

Then the next summer when I was twelve and made the all-star team again,
my dad did a wonderful thing. He drove down some 200 miles to Little
League National Headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to make sure
that my birth certificate got official approval by the authorities there.
He succeeded with that mission, drove back the same 200 miles to Vestal
and I was able to play in the all-star games that year.

My dad, Walter Blake Williamson, Jr., was a great American who was an
electrical engineer with General Electric. He had served in the Army
Signal Corps in World War II and had then gone to the University of
Michigan on the GI Bill. He transferred to Phoenix’s Deer Valley Computer
Division in 1965 because he no longer wanted to work in the Defense
Division in Johnson City, New York. Honeywell bought out the Computer
Division and Dad worked for them until he retired in 1985, a career
spanning about 35 years. He loved his family and with my mom raised three
children. He passed away in 1995 from complications from Parkinson’s
Disease.

The Future Should Be Ours when we remember our fathers and the good things
they did for us. Taking time to remember is important so that we can have
a healthy perspective on the future before us. We can believe in ourselves
to solve the problems of the present recalling how our parents and their
generation overcame obstacles in the past. My parents as children survived
the Great Depression and faced the future with positive attitudes about
what they could accomplish. Indeed, my mom, who will be 92 next month,
still does.

My dad drove to Williamsport for me so that I, as a 12-year-old, could
play on the Little League all-star team. Thanks, Dad, wherever you are
right now. I love you.

Thank you for your time, and Happy Father’s Day!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: The Wisdom of W.C.

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Should Be Ours!”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Some of you may be aware that I’m a great fan of the great books. I refer
to such books as DON QUIXOTE by Miguel Cervantes, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by
Fyodor Dostoevsky, and HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING by Dale
Carnegie.

One great book, however, that’s been next to my computer for the past
several weeks is entitled: FIELDS FOR PRESIDENT by W.C. Fields published
first in 1939. It’s the very copy my mom quoted from at a meeting of the
SCOTTSDALE DEMOCRATIC LUNCHEON CLUB in 1976. She was president of the club
that year.

The meeting I refer to took place at what was known then as THE ROYAL FORK
RESTAURANT near the northwest corner of Thomas and Scottsdale Roads. Now
it is a sports bar and grill. Those attending that meeting were such
luminaries as Dr. J.D. Lawson, a local dentist, and Jonathan Marshall,
publisher of the SCOTTSDALE DAILY PROGRESS newspaper. Bill Jenkins, then
mayor of Scottsdale, was no doubt there as well.

Mom stood at the start of the meeting, holding the paperback in her left
hand. Which quote did she read? I’m not sure. Maybe she called to people’s
attention the title of Chapter 3: “How to Beat the Federal Income Tax–and
What to See and Do at Alcatraz.” (p. 43)

Or did she quote from p. 12 where he states: “Furthermore, I shall not
mince words in my first message to Congress. Though full many a solon’s
cheek may flush with embarrassment, I shall point out these trenchant and
oft-evaded issues: 1. Political baby-kissing must come to an end–unless
the size and age of the babies be materially increased. 2. Sentiment or no
sentiment, Dolly Madison’s wash MUST be removed from the East Room. 3.
What actually DID become of that folding umbrella I left in the
Congressional Library three summers ago?”

Or did she quote from “Chapter 5: My Rules of Etiquette” where Fields
states: “THE ELBOWS-ON-TABLE CONTROVERSY: I agree with most other
progressive social arbiters that placing the elbows on the dinner table is
quite acceptable today. Putting the feet up is entirely another matter,
however, and cannot be countenanced unless spats are worn.” (p. 91)

My mom, Alice S. Williamson, will be 92 next month; maybe the wit and
wisdom of W.C. Fields is one thing that has kept her going all these
years.

The Future Should Be Ours if we, like W.C., can find the humor in things
and try to get ahead of the curve of History in that way. It may keep our
blood pressure down, too, and help us get through the day.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: PELOSI STATES CONGRESS MUST APPROVE USE OF MILITARY FORCE

RECEIVED THIS EMAIL FROM NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC MINORITY LEADER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS AFTERNOON. I LIKE HER WELL-REASONED APPROACH. FROM: Nancy Pelosi info@pelosiforcongress.org
To W Williamson
Today at 2:29 PM

Dear Friend,

Hours after President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian airfields in response to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people, I wrote to Speaker Ryan urging him to call Congress back in to session to debate any further use of military force in Syria.

The Constitution is clear: Article 1 section 8 provides Congress – not the President – with the exclusive authority to declare war.

Further, the War Powers Resolution (WPR) establishes statutory requirements the President must meet to use military force, regardless of whether the use of force qualifies as war. Under the WPR, the President must notify Congress within 48 hours of using force. Congress can then choose to provide the President with authority to continue using force by declaring war, enacting an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – or neither.

As heartbreaking as Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people was, the crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes. The killing will not stop without a comprehensive political solution to end the violence. The American people are owed a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians in Syria. As I wrote yesterday, the carnage in Syria has displaced over ten million people — five million of them driven from the country, and more than half of them children. Terrorized by Assad and ISIS, desperate for a place to live in peace, they have received rejection from the U.S. under Trump’s immoral Muslim and refugee ban. We degrade our values and our security when we slam the door in the face of children fleeing such atrocities.

Congress has not authorized a war declaration or an AUMF that allows for military force in Syria against Assad. There is rightful concern about further actions the President might take without Congressional approval in response to Assad or Putin, especially because Trump has offered no long term plan for Syria, presented no exit strategy for current military action, proposed an immoral ban on Syrian refugees to our country, and seeks drastic budget cuts to U.S. diplomatic and humanitarian assets.

For these reasons, Congress must do our duty under the Constitution: return to Washington, receive the classified intelligence about U.S. military actions in Syria, and vote any further response. So far, the GOP leadership has rejected our request and has ignored the imperative for Congress to fulfill its Constitutional duty.

It is imperative that the American people weigh in. Please add your name to our petition, and demand that Congress return to Washington to vote before any further military intervention in Syria.

Thanks,

Nancy Pelosi

Paid for by Nancy Pelosi for Congress

THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: A Victory for Kindness

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S.CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

I’m glad that my daughter will not lose her Obamacare as this past Friday
the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to bring to a
vote their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

And I’m happy also for the 24 million Americans who will not now lose
their health insurance which was the prediction by the Congressional
Budget Office.

Nancy Pelosi, our heroic House minority leader, called this Republican
failure a “victory for the American people.” I wholeheartedly agree. And I
would also call it a “victory for kindness,” because if 24 million people
had fallen off the insurance rolls if this bill had passed, it would have
been, I believe, one of the cruelest acts of government in American
history.

Frank Bruni, in an Op-Ed piece in NEW YORK TIMES, puts it this way:
“Republicans floundered in their attempts to come up with a replacement
for Obamacare because the truth, which they know but refuse to say out
loud, is that many of their constituents have benefited from, and have
come to depend on, the changes wrought by Obamacare.” (NEW YORK TIMES,
March 24, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

All this after I heard Rep. David Schweikert, our congressperson from
District 6 against whom I ran in last Fall’s election, proudly declare on
KJZZ, National Public Radio’s Phoenix station, on Friday morning before
the vote was expected to take place, that he was going to vote yes.

Schweikert, despite having constituents whose financial circumstances
require them to get Obamacare, was not among the compassionate ten
moderate Republicans who were going to vote no. (“Who Stopped the
Republican Health Bill?” by Andrews, Bloch, and Park, NEW YORK TIMES,
March 24, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

Except for those ten compassionate MODERATE Republicans that were going to
vote no on the health care bill, the other Republicans reaped what they
have sown for the past seven years with their politics of saying no to
most, if not everything, that our great President Obama wanted to do. The
karma of their perverse nihilism has now come back to haunt the Republican
Party in the Congress. One can only hope that the moderate Republicans
will become role models for those colleagues of theirs who have not yet
learned that people are what is most important.

In the meanwhile, I am very proud of and grateful to Nancy
Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives,
for her epic efforts to turn back the tide of cruelty that the Republican
leaders tried to foist on our country.

The Future Should Be Ours if we continue to support Obamacare. I have
always supported the Affordable Care Act since I first ran for the U.S.
Congress in 2012. I have never wavered from that position and steadfastly
stand by Obamacare now as strongly as ever.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

“Health Act At Risk: Get Coverage Anyway, Experts Say”

Your Money
Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

Your Money Adviser

By ANN CARRNS JAN. 27, 2017

(From THE NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 27, 2017, www.nytimes.com)

THE final deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2017 under the Affordable Care Act is on Tuesday. But with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the law’s future, should consumers bother to shop for coverage?

Yes, say policy experts and consumer advocates. Health plans — and subsidies to help low-income consumers pay for premiums — are in place for this year. Healthcare.gov and the state-based insurance marketplaces are open for business, for consumers who do not have job-based coverage and are seeking individual policies.

“They absolutely should sign up,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Unless something drastic happens, she said, consumers should have coverage and, for those who qualify, help with premiums through the end of the year.

The outlook after that is murky, to say the least. President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are working to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health law, known as Obamacare. But “repealing and replacing” the law, which has expanded health insurance to an estimated 20 million people through individual marketplace plans and the expansion of state Medicaid programs, is complicated. Several proposals have been floated, but it’s not yet clear which, if any, will prevail. And Congress has yet to confirm Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Healthcare.gov.

Advertisements for the enrollment deadline were to have run over the next few days, but the Trump administration pulled them back, which presumably could dampen the number of people who take advantage of the option.

While Republican lawmakers want to do away with the Affordable Care Act, doing so without offering an alternative for people covered under the law is politically perilous. So there is likely to be some sort of transition period from the current system to its successor — whatever that may be.
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Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

“A key question will be how to move from the Affordable Care Act to a new system without threatening coverage for people who have already gotten it,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research group.

All that will play out in the coming months. But currently, coverage is available. “If people need coverage now, they should get it,” Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the foundation, said.

Some consumers have complained that premiums and out-of-pocket costs for marketplace plans are high, and doctor choices are limited. Still, the federal government estimates that nearly three-quarters of marketplace customers can find plans for less than $75 a month. And most marketplace shoppers qualify for financial help with their premiums.

“It’s a good idea to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll now,” said Elizabeth Hagan, senior policy analyst with Families USA, an advocacy group.

Ms. Hagan urged consumers to seek help from those known as health care navigators, who are available by phone and in person to help consumers sort through options. Daniel Bouton, program director at the Community Council of Greater Dallas, which offers health care enrollment assistance, said that demand for help remained high and that consumers had been booking appointments for throughout the weekend, including Sunday. (To find assistance locally, you can visit Healthcare.gov and click on “Find local help.”)

Here are some questions and answers about 2017 coverage under the Affordable Care Act:

If I sign up by Tuesday, when will my coverage begin?

Coverage will begin March 1.

What if I don’t sign up by Jan. 31?

You can’t enroll in marketplace coverage or change plans after the deadline, unless you have a special circumstance, like losing job-based coverage, marrying or having a child.

Is there any chance that marketplace health coverage could be disrupted this year?

One outside possibility that health care experts are closely watching comes from a lawsuit known as House v. Burwell. The suit, filed by Republican members of the House of Representatives in 2014, challenges federal payments made to insurers to help low-income people pay for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Under certain situations, the suit could lead to a dismantling of the “cost sharing” payments, causing insurers to pull back from marketplace coverage this year. The suit is delayed until Feb. 21.

Email: yourmoneyadviser@nytimes.com

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THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS: “Hidden Figures” Adds Up Nicely

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Did you happen to see the movie “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson
as Katherine G. Johnson who worked for NASA? It’s a great film based on a
true story of Katherine, a math prodigy, and her two colleagues Dorothy
Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who also are NASA employees during the period
when John Glenn made his historic three orbits around our planet.

I saw this great movie with my daughter on the last day of my winter break.

Not only did these three women overcome the obstacles posed by their
gender, but they were in addition African-American, which makes their
ultimate achievements that more gratifying. The movie shows how they
overcame racial prejudice because of their grit, brainpower, and
dedication to the goal of putting American astronauts successfully into
space and getting them back safely as well.

Katherine’s boss, Mr. Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, is struggling to
lead his team of engineers to surmount the technical problems that must be
solved before John Glenn can be launched on his historic mission.
Katherine comes through in the clutch with the needed answers and the
project moves forward towards its accomplishment.

John Glenn, who died this past December at the age of 95, once said:
“We’re more fulfilled when doing something that’s bigger than ourselves.”

I hope that President Donald Trump will carry on President Barack Obama’s
lead in supporting NASA’s programs in its efforts to explore outer space
and our solar system. These programs advance not only the interests of our
own country but are part of an interdependent effort with other nations to
advance the interests of humankind as well. By pursuing the interests of
humankind, all countries can benefit from the discoveries that are
achieved.

In any case, the movie “Hidden Figures,” a wholesome story on the same
great level as the film “October Sky”–also about an American with dreams
of space exploration with NASA–that came out several years ago, is well
worth seeing, and I hope you get the chance to do so.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Dale Carnegie And How To Nurture Normalcy

Jan. 3, 2017

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

There is no doubt that we Democrats have suffered quite a setback on the
national level, and there is much to be concerned–worried, if you will–
about; yet as a student of the Classics, I must remind myself of what the
Roman lawyer and humanistic philosopher Cicero once said: “Dum anima est,
spes est.” “As long as you’re breathing, there is hope.”

Another quote, from the book BE HAPPY by Monica Sheehan, avers: “Don’t
lose hope. (You never know what tomorrow will bring.)”

Yet faced with the possible repeal of Obamacare, by which my 27-year-old
daughter is insured, some anxiety has crept into my thinking.

Dale Carnegie, in his classic book HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING,
at the end of Chapter 6 entitled “How to Crowd Worry Out of Your Mind,”
advises in bold-faced type: “KEEP BUSY. THE WORRIED PERSON MUST LOSE
HIMSELF IN ACTION, LEST HE WITHER IN DESPAIR.”

SO today I wrote a letter to Jeff Flake, one of our U.S. Senators from
Arizona, a Republican, and said: “PLEASE DO NOT VOTE TO REPEAL THE
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT!!” I went on to describe how my daughter’s Obamacare
premium had gone down from $168/month last year to $104/month this year
because her income is less. I told him that she has had quality health
care coverage with Obamacare and that things have been fine. This is the
factual truth.

President-elect Trump tweeted the following misleading message earlier today:

“Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

People must remember that ObamaCare just doesn’t work, and it is not
affordable – 116% increases (Arizona). Bill Clinton called it “CRAZY”
5:46 AM – 3 Jan 2017″ (“Trump and Senate Move Quickly to Repeal Affordable
Care Act,” by Charlie Savage, Maggie Haberman, and Richard Perez-Pena, NEW
YORK TIMES, Jan. 3, 2017, www.nytimes.com).

“The rate increases, revealed in October, had long been predicted in
Arizona, where many insurers had announced plans to drop out of the
marketplace, and THEY AFFECT A SMALL FRACTION OF RESIDENTS” (capitals
added by me) “But they fit the Republican narrative that the law has made
health care worse for Americans, despite the fact that it has provided
coverage to tens of millions of previously uninsured people.” (Same source
as above.)

Yet my daughter’s premium went down 38%!!

There are many untruths about Obamacare in our culture, and uninformed
voters accept and repeat them without taking the time to learn the facts.

In the U.S. Senate, the brilliant Chuck Shumer of New York, upon being
sworn in today as the Democratic minority leader, said: ““It is our job to
do what’s best for the American people, the middle class and those
struggling to get there,” he said. “If the president-elect proposes
legislation on issues like infrastructure, trade and closing the carried
interest loophole, for instance, we will work in good faith to perfect
and, potentially, enact it. When he doesn’t, we will resist.”

He added, “If President-elect Trump lets the hard-right members of
Congress and his cabinet run the show, if he adopts their timeworn
policies — which benefit the elites, the special interests and corporate
America, not the working man and woman — his presidency will not
succeed.”” (“Turmoil Overshadows First Day of Republican-Controlled
Congress,” by Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear, Jan. 3, 2017, NEW YORK
TIMES, www.nytimes.com).

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS if you, as a concerned citizen, take the time to
write to our two U.S. Senators in Arizona, or your congressperson, to let
them know your viewpoint. Our two U.S. Senators–Jeff Flake and John
McCain–have spoken up courageously to disagree with Mr. Trump’s
prejudiced remarks and unethical behavior. We owe them our respect and
must communicate with them so that they know our views. To communicate
with them responsibly and respectfully is a form of normalcy we would do
well to pursue so that we can nurture a balanced viewpoint in the U.S.
Congress that will be in the best interest of our nation.

Thank you for your time and, once again, have a happy and prosperous new
year!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

Copyright 2017 by W. John Williamson