I mean, just look at what he wrote! I can feel his hot air puffing up the sails of our economy already.
Dear Mr. August:I don't know about the rest of you, but it sounds like us working folk in Massachusetts are going to clean up with this one. Too bad for you! Ha! Thanks Teddy. You're the man.
Thank you for your recent letter on the economy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, S. 1. This is a very important issue to me, and I'm committed to making sure that hardworking families get the help they need.
Day after day, we see distressing evidence that our economy is continuing in the wrong direction. The unemployment rate is rising, the cost of basic essentials such as food and fuel is soaring, and foreclosures and bankruptcies are skyrocketing. Our failing economy has a real impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Every day, working men and women are being forced to make impossible choices between feeding their families, paying their bills, and keeping their homes.
That's why I strongly support immediate stimulus legislation to help those in need and revive our economy as soon as possible. The Senate stimulus proposal is a major step in the right direction. It contains targeted spending and tax incentives designed to jump-start the economy as quickly as possible. It also provides help to the large number of unemployed workers, including 75,000 in Massachusetts, who have exhausted their unemployment benefits while they continue to look for jobs.
There's still more to be done in coming days before the legislation is complete. I believe we must add assistance for the millions of families struggling to heat their homes, and give greater assistance to those who need help in feeding their families. I will fight to create targeted spending on infrastructure improvements, as well as more aid for educational system and job training. The recovery package is large, but when implemented correctly, it will give our country much needed improvements in jobs, health care, education and clean energy, ushering in a prosperous America for generations to come.
We have much to do in the days ahead, and I intend to do all I can to make sure that working people in Massachusetts aren't left behind.
Thank you again for your letter on this pressing issue.
Edward M. Kennedy