"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Friday, February 13, 2009

Collins Replies to a Maine Resident-Blah, Blah, Blah

Will Malven

I heard from a reader who resides in Maine and borrowed my open letter to Senators Collins (RINO-MD), Snowe (RINO-ME), and Specter (RINO-PA) to send to his (not so) esteemed Senators.

Following is the response he received from Senator Collins, who was taking time off from her real occupation as Chief Burger Flipper, "CBF," for McDonalds (I really shouldn't insult the workers at McDonalds, they are a cut above Senator Collins' intellect and competence).

Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding the economic stimulus package. I appreciate your taking the time to do so.

Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis. We have witnessed the collapse of the housing market, the unraveling of our nation's financial institutions, and the evaporation of trillions of dollars that have been invested in the stock market and other retirement and investment funds. I have heard from far too many Mainers who have had to delay their retirement plans because they no longer have the nest egg for which they worked so hard.

Every day, we hear more reports of massive job losses in communities all across America, and Maine is no exception. Our state's unemployment rate has risen to seven percent, the highest level in 16 years.

I agree with many economists that it is critical that Congress pass an economic stimulus bill to boost the economy and create jobs. Earlier versions of the House and Senate economic stimulus bills were, however, far too expensive and bloated. These versions also included too many provisions that may well be worthwhile, but are more appropriately funded in a regular appropriations bill. That is why I joined with Senator Ben Nelson
(D-NE) and a group of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including Senator Olympia Snowe, to craft a compromise bill. As a result of our hard work and weeks of negotiations, a group of Democrats and Republicans working together were able to reach a compromise on a more fiscally responsible economic stimulus plan that will cost $100 billion less than previous versions considered by the House and Senate.

While this bill is by no means perfect, it will go a long way toward creating jobs and addressing the dire economic challenges faced by our nation.

It is estimated that this bill will create or save 3.5 million jobs in Maine and nationwide over the next two years. Much of this bill will fund transportation, energy and other infrastructure projects that will result in job creation. It includes a temporary increase in federal Medicaid dollars, which will bring $470 million for Maine over the next 27 months. And it provides a significant funding increase for the Pell Grant program, special education funding, and a State Stabilization fund to help states deal with their serious budget shortfalls.

The bill also includes crucial tax relief for low and middle-income families, tax incentives for small businesses, and an increase in safety net programs, as well as funding for energy efficiency and alternative energy development programs.

Given the substantial investment the federal government is making in this stimulus, it is critical that the taxpayers' money be spent properly. It is for this reason I have pushed throughout the negotiations for measures to ensure the money is wisely spent, including additional funding for agency Inspectors General, the Government Accountability Office, and the creation of a "Recovery Act Transparency Board." As Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I, along with the Committee's Chairman will soon hold the first Committee hearing on safeguards to protect against waste, fraud, and mismanagement and to ensure accountability and transparency.

Again, thank you for contacting me. This bill will go a long way toward creating jobs and addressing the dire economic crisis faced by our nation.


Susan M. Collins

United States Senator

She left off the part about being Chief Burger Flipper (probably didn’t want to brag).

Man, talk about being out of touch with your voters; she didn't even have two form letters; you know, one to send to those two or three citizens who support the bill's passage and another to send to those tens of thousands who opposed its passage.

One would have thought that she would have at least acknowledged the fact that he was telling her to vote against the "spendulous" bill. The arrogance and self-satisfied attitude (or is that self-justification I detect) evinced in the letter exudes that special smugness that only Liberals like her possess.

I feel sorry for this individual because the permanent CBF (kind of like Andy Griffith's "PLO" (Permanent Latrine Orderly) in No Time for Sargeants) just got reelected and won't be up again for six years. He's stuck with RINO incompetence.

Take heart fellow Conservatives, what comes around, goes around and after four years of Jimmy Carter Redux under President "Barry Soetoro" Obama, Americans will once more be ready for a return to reality and Conservative values. It's just that the road back will be longer and more difficult because the nation will be in much worse shape than it was after Carter.

In the meantime, we must, as Chief Dan George said in Outlaw Josey Wales, "Endeavor to persevere."

I wish to thank my reader in Maine for forwarding this letter from Senator "Burgers" Collins so that I could share it with everyone.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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