To the editor:
As I followed Sen. Ron Johnson’s attempt to stop the passage of the stimulus bill, I wondered how he felt about the cost, to the taxpayers, of the attack on the United States Capitol in January,
J. Brett Banton, top maintenance official, states that cost is $30+ million and likely to go higher. Costs include repair work to priceless historical art pieces, extensive building repairs, increased security inside and outside of the building, healthcare services for staff, installation of new security measures to replace that which was broken or stolen, replacement of sound systems and photo equipment, $19 million for fencing around the Capitol, destruction of the inaugural platform that was in the process of being being built. This doesn’t include the cost of litigation that will go on for years. The list of the cost to the taxpayer goes on and on.
I didn’t hear the Senator express concern over this mindless destruction and the it cost incurred. But he was concerned over giving aid to those who are struggling to shelter and feed their families and provide healthcare.
Apparently taxpayers will need the stimulus payment to help pay for the damage done to the Capitol. Those who do not approve of the stimulus payment can opt out of receiving it. Directions for returning the money can be found on line. Or, consider giving it to charity, you get a tax break!
I ask the Senator to remember the benefits he gets, paid for by the tax payer, as he holds public office. Don’t begrudge those who struggle with living on unemployment, or less, during these difficult time. No child should ever endure hunger or being homeless, sleeping in cars in the dead of winter!
The 30+ million spent on damage done by insurgents would feed and provide shelter to many.
A concerned citizen,
— Margaret Klapperich