Letter: Nathan Soules, Leesburg

Editor: Hung Cao, the Republican candidate running for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District, believes that one party rule is the solution to all of our problems.  During a forum hosted by The Arc Foundation and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, he suggested that if the Republican Party had control of Congress and the presidency (the “trifecta”), they would have raised the asset limit on Supplemental Security Income and raised the minimum wage for people with disabilities. A look at recent history does not bear this out.

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a program that provides payments for children and adults with disabilities, and people aged 65 and over. As mentioned in the forum, the asset limit for qualifying for the program is a mere $2,000 for individuals and $3,000 for married couples – thresholds that haven’t been increased since 1989.  This means that an individual could make themself ineligible for the program by saving $2,001 in their bank account. That makes it hard to prepare for emergencies.

As recently as 2020, the Republican Party had control of the Senate but did not pass the ASSET Act, which would have addressed this issue. Similarly, they did not pass the Raise the Wage Act, which would have increased the minimum wage for all, including people with disabilities.  Now, with a Democratic trifecta, there are efforts to address both of these issues, but the biggest roadblock on both fronts is Senate Republicans, who could stall progress by using the filibuster.
What about when the Republican Party had the trifecta following the 2016 election?  Did they take on these priorities, like candidate Cao said they would?  Far from it.  Donald Trump had just come off of a campaign where he notoriously mocked a reporter for his disability.  Republicans in the House and the Senate focused on their goal: repealing the Affordable Care Act. This would have taken healthcare away from 16 million people. They failed in their efforts due to the infamous gesture of war hero Senator John McCain.
Far from Hung Cao’s delusion, his party has not made it a priority to address these issues for people with disabilities, and instead focused on removing access to health care.

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, on the other hand, has demonstrated her commitment to people with disabilities dating back to her time on the Loudoun Community Services Board. As a Congresswoman she has secured funding for housing for people with disabilities in the House budget.  She has voiced support for the SSI asset increase and voted for the minimum wage increase.  She’s the right choice for CD10 voters this November.

Nathan Soules, Leesburg

9 thoughts on “Letter: Nathan Soules, Leesburg

  • 2022-08-31 at 8:49 am

    I agree with Nathan Soules. The asset limit for SSI recipients should be lifted. The best person to help make that happen is Jennifer Wexton. In short, she shows compassion for people. Hung Cao is too busy chasing non-existent goblins. Happy Matchmaker Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-08-31 at 4:35 pm

    Where is the evidence Mr. Cao has no compassion or is this OK to slam another individual as our president does just due to party affiliation or even the hat they wear? Let’s look at compassion and ask where was it when Americans and military partners were unable to leave Afghanistan? Where was the compassion when the obvious NIH gain of function abuse carried itself into the Wuhan lab leaving over 1 million dead Americans? Did anyone in Congress push for greater sanctions on China to stop its’ abuse of Uyghurs? How about objecting to the rout of Hong Kong? How about the inflation cruelty on low income individuals? Which of our federal representatives said one word about the fed pumping $120 billion per month into M2 as recently as March 2022? WHERE is the compassion for the dead children at the southern border as we are supposed to believe Kamala Harris is actually resolving the issue including stopping the fentanyl which is killing our young people? Please at least apologize in advance for a party hit job instead of making believe it is well founded. Do you also think a couple making $249,000 per year REALLY can’t pay their tuition debt? Pandering for votes with our tax dollars especially from all the people who didn’t go too college but now have to pay for upper middle class tuition debt does not sound like compassion – it just sounds STUPID!

  • 2022-08-31 at 9:33 pm

    “Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, on the other hand, has demonstrated her commitment to people with disabilities dating back to her time on the Loudoun Community Services Board. As a Congresswoman she has secured funding for housing for people with disabilities in the House budget. She has voiced support for the SSI asset increase and voted for the minimum wage increase. She’s the right choice for CD10 voters this November.”

    Please provide evidence that Wexton has proposed legislation, either in VA or in Congress. to increase the SSI limits. “Voiced Support” means nothing. We elect legislators to make our voices heard and enact change. Hung Cao seems more likely to me to make my voice heard, not just to “voice support”.

  • 2022-09-01 at 6:58 am

    Jennifer favors the not so affordable Obama Care Act and you want Cao to be held responsible for past admirations, unsound logic. Tim if you act like the court jester at least add something with humor.

  • 2022-09-01 at 8:04 am

    Even though I am (more was) a republican, Cao lost my vote once he came out as a Trump supporter. I truly miss the older version of the GOP. Think Barry Goldwater telling Nixon that he needs to resign, which he did during the watergate scandal. Now look at the Republican Leader Trump and his latest tactics pertaining to his crime of hiding, lying and holding on to top secret documents that are considered of “grave national security.”

    Trump has declared:

    1. ” I declassified everything.” NO he didn’t. He didn’t provide any records of doing so whatsoever. A lie.
    2. “The feds could’ve just asked for the documents” The feds DID ask for over a year, and Trumps folks lied they returned all docs. The feds even sent a subpoena for the docs. another lie.
    3. “It was the GSA’s (bureaucrats) fault” The GSA didn’t pack the boxes. They only shipped the boxes that was packed by Trump and/or his team. another lie
    4. “The FBI planted the evidence” No proof, and extremely conspiratorial jibberish. Similar to Qanon type statements. Bottom line- a lie
    5. “Obama took tens of millions of documents, and he refused to give them back” The National Archives has made it clear they continue to maintain possession of Obama’s documents. The UNclassified documents are stored in a National Archives facility in Chicago, and the classified documents are stored in another National Archives facility. another Trump lie.

    If this is the type person that Cao supports, then there is no way I can support Cao.

  • 2022-09-01 at 11:40 am

    The country is in dire straits as result of the democrats lousy policies and governance.
    Inflation is at record highs, recession looms, the southern border is being overrun with record illegal crossings, crime rages, our foreign policy is feckless with a tragic withdrawal from Afghanistan and our adversaries invading other sovereign countries.
    Despite all this you don’t support Can because he voiced support for Trump who you don’t like because of a documents dispute with the National Archives.
    Every president engages in disputes over documents. Trump, like every president has the highest security clearance in the country and the unfettered right to declassify any document he wishes. The document dispute appears to be a politically motivated hit job on a former president.
    Our country’s future hangs in the balance and you predicate your vote on a political document dispute rather than the obvious existential issues facing the nation.

  • 2022-09-01 at 2:53 pm

    The Democrats are running the county and country into the ground. Our saving grace is that the tab for all their spending hasn’t fully come due yet. That spending translates to inflation, which we have in over-abundance.

  • 2022-09-02 at 6:29 am

    How many times has Jenny voted remotely from Loudoun County and did she get her per diem for those days?

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