This evening, Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 6:29 PM, PST James Kvaal, the new policy director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign organization, Obama for America, sent an email inviting voters to contact Republicans in Congress and share stories pertaining to how passage of a Job’s Bill might impact the lives of Americans.
The email contains a link to a website readers may follow and forward those stories to congressional members. The link is: Will you share your story — and join President Obama in telling Congress that we can’t and won’t wait?
In the spirit of sharing, I have composed my own letter and sent it off. I thought it might act as inspiration for those a bit more shy than myself. Bad or good, your opinion matters so give it a try. Here’s what I wrote:
Honorable Senators and Legislative Representatives:
I write to respectfully request passage of a jobs bill. A responsible jobs bill may assure I have employment following the first of the year.
While the holidays will provide income over the winter season I have concerns that the economic boost created by the holiday season will not last long enough to prevent the need for an extension of unemployment benefits again. In addition, as the economy has fared so poorly for such a long period, adding additional Tiers to the Unemployment Insurance Extension will now be necessary as well.
As a reminder, for the past 27 years the Republican Party has been systematically dismantling the social service systems of the United States, pretending to shrink government by bleeding money out of regulatory agencies. Then Republicans turned around and funneled that money into a bloated defense system.
In my personal opinion, all of the suffering the Republican Party has caused the American people was in the name of a failed economic theory designed by an Austrian and supported by the University of Chicago’s Milton Friedman. If the, “Chicago Boys,” economic theories were working, the American people would not be suffering from the effects of inflation.
Yet this entire summer season has been one of inflationary prices. Clearly cutting taxes for the wealthy and undermining regulatory protections the American people elected you to implement is not working very well for the American economy.
Perhaps you should go back to the principles upon which this country was founded – faith. Every major religion in the world: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu (minus Satanism and a few others) expound principles which advocate charity, kindness and caring for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Economically, this means social services dollars are infused into the economy at the most basic levels to assure the economic wellbeing of our communities, small businesses, religious and charitable institutions, larger businesses and our government.
Once this money starts flowing through the American economy again, perhaps the Senate and House of Representatives will be able to run full staffs and start drafting decent legislation once more. That will be so much more refreshing than the poorly constructed drivel you have been drafting of late.
I hold the personal opinion your failed economic policies have caused you to bleed so much from our government that you have crippled our legislature. Further, you have gone so far I no longer believe you are a member of a vibrant, robust governing body. Others have come to believe it is time to dismantle Congress altogether.
Judith Marriott, MPA