I Called My Senators...For The First Time Ever
I’ve never done this before, but today I called my senators and representative of the U.S. Congress.
I’ve been reading about this “stimulus bill” and I don’t like it. Two weeks ago I saw the mayor of Virginia Beach on the television and he was trying to get part of the stimulus package for his town. He said that for $3.4 million he could employ 11 new employees to repaint their water treatment plant. WHAT? $308,000 is the going rate for a painter these days? Give me $3.4 million dollars and I can employ 50 new people and bring broadband internet to all the places in Southeast Missouri that don’t have it.
Fox News is reporting tonight in their article, Bacon Hunt?, that the following items are in this stimulus:
— $100 million for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
— $200 million to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program
— $300 million for “Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs”
— $900 million for the IRS for the “Limitation on Administrative Expenses”
— $1 million for the Railroad Retirement Board for administrative costs
— $2 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Act
— $50 million for Health and Human Services to carry out injury prevention programs
— $1.1 billion for studies on the effectiveness of different medical treatments — $200 million to upgrade labs and facilities for the Department of Agriculture “to improve workplace safety and mission-area efficiencies”
— $10 million for urban canal inspection
— $16 billion to pay for student financial aid
— $1 billion to pay for the U.S. Census
— $600 million to pay for a fuel-efficient federal auto fleet
— $650 million for the Digital Converter Box Program to help the constantly delayed transition from analog television
— $485 million to the Forest Service for “hazardous fuels reduction and hazard mitigation activities in areas at high risk of catastrophic wildfire”
— Up to $1 billion for “summer activities” for youths as old as 24
— $40 million for the occupational research agenda
— $3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control wellness programs and vaccinations
— $410 million for Indian health facilities
— $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstrations
The above list equates to more than $30 billion dollars or about 4% of the stimulus package. Give me a break! I believe that Steve Forbes has a great idea to cut the payroll tax in half for the next two years. That would definitely get the economy going. No one I have spoken to about this disagrees.
Sure, the government takes in less money in taxes…but not when you compare it to this massive “stimulus package.”
I’d heard and read enough…I pointed my browser to house.gov and looked up my representative’s phone number, and I went to senate.gov and looked up my senators phone numbers. I called and asked for the following message to be relayed:
Please do not vote to approve this stimulus package. This is not what our country needs. Put the money in the hands of the people by cutting the payroll tax immediately. It will stimulate the economy so much more than carbon-capture demonstrations, a fuel-efficient federal auto fleet, or urban canal inspection.
I’ve never done that before but it was simple. No matter what the outcome, I feel like I’ve been heard.