Teddy's On Our Side

I sent a letter to both of my esteemed senators last week--John Kerry and Ted Kennedy--suggesting strongly that they vote against the stimulus bill. John must be mulling it over because he hasn't gotten back to me, but Teddy just responded personally with a very charming email that really shows that a) he gave a lot of thought to what I had to say, and b) he has my best interests in mind.

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:

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
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.


Jenn Casey said...

Oh my goodness.

C. August said...

Yes Jenn, I don't see your senators lining up the pork trucks like Teddy is. You guys down there in Georgia are going to be missing out on all the fun.

Stephen Bourque said...

The esteemed Senator said, "[W]orking men and women are being forced to make impossible choices between feeding their families, paying their bills, and keeping their homes."[Emphasis mine.]

The only force that is being exerted is the confiscation of our earnings by the government. And the only thing that will make those choices (or any other choices) literally impossible is to take choices away by force - the very government force he is advocating.

The sad thing about Massachusetts is that eight or nine people out of every ten in this state will swallow the Senator's words whole!