Have you contacted your Senators yet concerning your thoughts on the “Stimulus Bill“? I did yesterday. Today I received a response from one of them, Senator Mark Warner (D). Here’s what he had to say to me:
Dear Mrs. Wigal,
Thank you for contacting me with your views on the economic stimulus package.Â In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your view on this and other important matters.
We have received numerous responses from across the Commonwealth from those both in favor of the stimulus and those opposed.Â I understand concerns about the expense of the bill and about certain provisions included in the package.Â Although no effort on this scale will be perfect, President Obama and the relevant Congressional committees have been in close consultation with our state and local officials and a wide range of economic experts who have indicated that this agreement represents a prudent and effective path to economic recovery.Â To do nothing could lead to catastrophic consequences for small businesses and working families across the country.
The committees drafting the legislation have provided for unprecedented oversight, accountability and transparency to ensure that taxpayers’ money is handled carefully and used in the most efficient and effective manner possible.Â You should know that a Recovery Act and Transparency Board will oversee the disbursement of the funds and a website provided by the White House, www.recovery.gov <http://www.recovery.gov> , will post detailed information about recovery spending.
Again, thank you for your input.Â As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator [emphasis mine]
Oh, don’t worry, Senator, you will be hearing more from me.Â “…a prudent and effective path to economic recovery…“? I don’t think so. Let us review again:
- $7.7 billion for various upgrades and work done on federal buildings
- $5.2 billion for voter fraud experts ACORN and other â€œneighborhood stabilizationâ€ groups
- $2.4 billion for carbon capture projects
- $1 billion for AMTRAK
- $650 millionâ€“moreâ€“for coupons for the conversion to digital television
- $600 million for federal automobiles
- $400 million for research into global warming
- $335 million for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease
- $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts
How is $650 million (more) spent on coupons for the conversion to digital TV an effective path to economic recovery? Sounds to me like
Big Brother the government seems a bit anxious about having folks tune into their boob tubes…why is this tucked inside a “stimulus bill”?
And $5.2 billion to ACORN and the like? Are you kidding me? After the obvious bias in this last election…prudent, my pinky toe!
Call your Senators today! Tell them to quit playing party politics and act on your behalf…the primary objective is to “create & preserve jobs”, isn’t it? If they want to help stimulate the economy, they need to quit dolling out dollars to special interest groups and pet projects. The secondary objective was for “infrastructure investment” yet only about 17% of the near $900 Billion is designated for that…and that is the secondary objective? How many objectives are there for this “American Recovery & Reinvestment Bill of 2009”?
Get on the horn today and give a shout out to your public servant (a.k.a. US Senator)…he/she needs to hear from you NOW.
Vote NO for this so-called “Stimulus Bill”.