Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Stimulus Bill Includes Clubhouse, Golf Course, and Tennis Courts

Today governors converged in D.C. to push their support for the stimulus package. Talking heads are claiming 70% of Americans show support for the stimulus package. Frankly, I find the 70% margin really hard to believe. I do not support any stimulus package because the government has proven to be very ineffective in causing such efforts to be effective. I would also like to point out the criminal tax evading activity of several of President Obama's appointees. Why would he even consider tax evaders for these very important political positions?
I have contacted my representatives about the bailout/stimulus. I informed them that I am disgusted with their inability to safeguard Americans against waste, fraud, and abuse.
I contend that Americans everywhere are not suffering any more now than they were 10, 50, or 100 years ago. This stimulus package will serve nothing more than the select few who lobby congress and the senate. As an American, I am telling you, we do not want your stimulus package! We do not want anyones stimulus package, republican or democrat, we just do not want it.

Response from Herb Kohl:

February 3, 2009

Dear Mr.:

Americans everywhere are suffering due to the economic
downturn, with jobs, life savings, and basic needs at stake. Our
economy has officially been in a recession since December 2007,
and America has lost 2.6 million jobs in that time, the biggest loss
since 1945. I support a broad recovery package to help struggling
families through these difficult times and jumpstart our faltering
economy through sound investments. I appreciate hearing your
thoughts on this issue, and welcome this opportunity to respond.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
strikes a balance between government investments and tax breaks
to foster economic development and help Americans make ends
meet. The package invests in energy independence, education,
health care, transportation, job training, and small businesses.
Additionally, the legislation includes tax breaks such as the
"Making Work Pay" tax credit, which reduces payroll taxes for
middle class Americans and increases take home pay on every
paycheck. Existing federal benefits for disabled veterans and
seniors will also be increased to help these vulnerable populations,
and the earned income tax credit will be expanded to assist the
nation's struggling working families.

I am working hard to ensure the recovery package helps
those Americans who need it most. I led efforts in the Senate to
include $1 billion for job training programs to help displaced
workers update their skills, because putting people back to work is
fundamental to restarting the economy. As Chairman of the
Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, I supported a
temporary boost in food stamps. I also fought for school
breakfasts and lunches, and the Women, Infants, and Children
program (WIC). With people losing their jobs, I am committed to
keeping resources in place to help families put food on the table.
Most economists agree that a food stamp increase, because of the
way food stamps are distributed and spent, is one of the quickest
ways for government to stimulate the economy.

While I believe an expansive recovery package is necessary
to confront the recession, it is critical for Congress to spend these
funds prudently and avoid waste, fraud, and abuse. The American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act does not include any earmarks.
The legislation uses formula-based funding that flows directly to
the states. Formula funding allows state and local officials - who
best know state and local needs - to direct resources to the highest
priority projects. They can also direct resources to projects that are
most "ready to go."

I will keep your thoughts in mind as the legislation comes
before the full Senate. I have heard from many Wisconsinites with
a wide range of viewpoints on this issue, and I appreciate every
letter and phone call I receive because they help me to know what
is important to people back home. Please do not hesitate to contact
me again in the future if I can be of any further assistance to you.


Herb Kohl
U.S. Senator
Financial Crisis Discussion

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