An Open Letter to Senator Flake

Senator Flake,

I preface this correspondence with the admission that I am not your constituent and as such, you are not beholden to represent my views within the Senate.


I write to you not as a citizen of another state, but as a working class American. One who will be greatly affected by the tax legislation you recently supported. And in light of your action in this matter, I find it difficult to conjure any words save these: How dare you, sir.

In your statement of explanation, you state your support of a tax reform that is “both fiscally-responsible and promotes economic growth.” But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has stated this legislation is neither of those. This bill is not only fiscally irresponsible but also depressing, and I mean that in the economic sense of the weird. This bill harkens back to the 1930s era, and left in place, a new Great Depression seems imminent. This tax “reform” will not stimulate the economy; it will depress it. This tax “reform” will not relieve working class Americans; it will impoverished and imprison us.

It was only weeks ago you stood in vocal opposition to this administration and declared you would not seek reelection because you do not wish to be a part of this administration’s agenda. And in this, I support you. Not because I believe you to be correct, but because I have seen that you lack the moral clarity to perform your duty to do what is right for We, the People.

While I still have respect for you as a citizen wishing to lead, you have lost my faith in you as a member of government. I sincerely hope you can prove me wrong, but until then, shame on you, sir.