March 03, 2009

Our Politicians.

My friend Smokepoles was upset over the whole stimulus plan that the government has proposed. With Billions of dollars being spent frivolously and wastefully that will have to be paid back in the future by our children and grand children. Feeling it was his civic duty he sent a letter to US Senator Dick Durbin D-IL expressing his opinion. Attached is the response he received. Unfortunately the original letter was sent by Senator Durbinís website so he couldnít forward it to me. This response is so helpful.

March 3, 2009 Mr. Smokepoles 1000 Main St. YourTown, IL 60000 Dear Mr. Smokepoles: Thank you for contacting me regarding the economic recovery package. I appreciate hearing from you. We are facing tough economic times. Americans across the country are feeling the squeeze of this recession as hardworking men and women lose their jobs, state and local governments cut services to avoid deep deficits, and credit is cut back. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (P.L. 111-5) enacts a broad mix of tax cuts and incentives aimed at individuals and small businesses. The act also makes investments in infrastructure, moves forward on alternative energy development, and provides tax relief to working families across the country. These provisions are designed to help our economy on the road to recovery. Critics of the recovery bill argued that the measure does nothing to scale back foreclosure - the number one cause of the economic downturn. The Obama Administration has announced an aggressive new policy to stem foreclosures, and Congress is considering legislation to help homeowners stay in their homes and strengthen regulation of the mortgage market. Some have expressed concern that the bill adds to the federal budget deficit. While we need to address the deficit over time, the first order of business is to put our economy back on track. No earmarks were included in this bill. This legislation is a necessary step toward economic recovery. Thank you again for writing to me. I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers legislation to address the downturn. Please feel free to keep in touch. Sincerely, Richard J. Durbin United States Senator RJD/ms
Names changed to protect the identity of my friend

Smokepoles did NOT like the vagueness of the response. He responded with the following:

Senator Durbin, I appreciate you taking the time in responding to my letter. It saddens me however as I do not believe that you really have listened to the voters. The stock market and economists do not believe in your plan and America continues to suffer. Companies that run their businesses into the ground deserve to fail. If my company fails would you and Mr. Obama be there holding my hand and giving me millions? That answer is a resounding "NO" and we both know it. It would appear that this plan does nothing to benefit the everyday tax paying American, only the people that made huge donations to certain campaigns. No earmarks you say? Please take the time and re-read the document in which you back. There are too many hands in the cookie jar and the cookie jar is empty. We have borrowed so much money from foreign countries that even China will lend us no more. What is being used as collateral? Our county's national parks perhaps? Do you want to help stimulate our economy? Do away with the many draws on it. Here is something that should be of great interest.

Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported over two million Illegals after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.

And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback' so that American WWII and Korean veterans had a better chance at jobs.

It took 2 Years, but they deported them!

If you have doubts about the truth of this information, enter "Operation Wetback" into your favorite search engine and like I tell my many friends, confirm it for yourself.

Now, if they could deport the illegals back then you can sure do it today!! I might suggest naming something else though.

This would help the health care system lower their costs, insurance companies would be able to lower our premiums as well as the costs to the taxpayers of the many welfare programs that get abused. Thanks to the banking institutions and their loan practices, Illegal immigrants were able to buy homes in neighborhoods that I would not be able to buy in.... and then there is surprise when the loans default?

This is but one aspect where funds can be found and used.

I am sorry that you have taken this stand on this topic and America will be even more sorry in the long run. Your plan will only build skyscrapers on a foundation of sand.

I understand that I am but one person but be certain that I am a voter. Many citizens have forgotten that this is a republic, but I have not. Do you really think that we aren't smart enough to figure out that socialism is where you are leading us?

I love my country, but my government disgusts me.

Smokepoles Name changed to protect the innocent, the rest of the letter is as originally written

Now Smokepoles sent me this letter, because he knows that I share his disdain for the bailouts and stimulus package. Now before his letter I had never heard of Operation Wetback, in fact I thought he was making it up, but he wasnít. Operation Wetback actually existed.

As for the rest of the letter, I agree with him 100 percent. I think the whole package in and of itself is a bad idea, and that itís just going to cause more problems in the long run.

These letters reprinted with permission of Smokepoles

Posted by Contagion in Politics at March 3, 2009 09:59 PM | TrackBack

Nice. "Some are concerned that this spendulous package doesn't actually address the cause of the problem. No worries - Obama has another spendulous package in the works to address that as well."

Posted by: Shadoglare at March 4, 2009 06:12 AM

The reason why these things get passed is that the wealth earners don't have time to go and protest in the streets. This will change as those wealth earners free up some time because they were layed off.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at March 4, 2009 08:35 AM

Every time I write my dumocrat senators I get a response back exactly like what your friend did.

They never address the issues I have, just thanks for writing, but I will vote how I want to vote and don't really give a crap about you.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at March 7, 2009 01:11 PM

Weird. My liberal history teachers went on and on about Cesar Chavez, but none of them ever mentioned Operation Wetback.

The PBS site makes it sound like one big anti-civil-rights party, so you'd think they'd whine about this one more, especially with it's quaintly distinctive name.

Posted by: Harvey at March 11, 2009 06:44 PM