2009-03-13 / Letters

Rockaways' Congressmen

Dear Editor,

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, until recently a colleague to Rockaway's Congressmen Gregory Meeks and Anthony Weiner, voted down Hank Paulson's $700 billion bailout. When asked why, she reported that she had asked her husband - a Wall Streeter - what he thought of the bailout proposal and he had said it was wasteful, cumbersome and ineffectual.

She and her hubby were right then; and, just as Congressman Meeks was wrong then, he's even more wrong now in supporting and promoting and popularizing DC's gargantuan spending behemoths. I'm delighted to read in last week's Wave ('Meeks Speaks') that Congressman Meeks takes great

Letters rhetorical umbrage at his fellow House Republicans who have repudiated the present spending plans.

The good Congressman's point in last week's Wave was that Washington's spending plans are necessary and stimulative ... considering the horrible financial crisis we're in. But what, may I ask, is Congress stimulating ... the economy, job-growing businesses, or the liberal left agenda of G. Meeks, N. Pelosi, B. Frank and our president. How many jobs will food stamps and green energy research create, Congressman Meeks?

During the Great Depression the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center were built. Here today in our great city, the 'project of the Millennium' is to rebuild the World Trade Center and so we formed a very special 'publicprivate partnership' (a Meeks-Obama model for the future). So where, dear Congressman, does that project sit today, eight years later?

According to the March 3 New York Times, Colorado's Jefferson County plans to use DC infrastructure funding to build an interchange and an overpass on Elk Creek Road, for migrating elk! Maryland plans to resurface rutted roads and highways. Even the flaming liberal op-ed columnist for The Times, Maureen Dowd, was completely flummoxed last week. She listed a few absurdities - excuse me, infrastructure projects - including $2 million for grape genetics in NY; $1.7 M for a Texan honey bee factory; $1.7 M for pig odor research in Iowa; $1 M for cricket control research in Utah; $1 M for catfish genetics research in Alabama; and $850,000 for beaver management in various states.

These are small potatoes, I admit, but didn't Candidate Obama assure the nation that the nation's financial future was at stake, that he would not tolerate abusive spending and that he would go 'line item by line item' to strike all pork and earmarks from his spending bills? Now six weeks into his Administration, we have a bill of petitions - so to speak -that includes some 8,000 earmarks!!!

The President - and his biggest supporter, Rockaways' Congressman Gregory Meeks - has allocated over $650 billion to reform health care. This worries our Canadian neighbors greatly; for, when our system looks more like their system, where are they gonna go for health care...India? Australia?

Congressmen Weiner and Meeks are, I fear, wholly unfit for the task before them ... that is, to rejuvenate our nation. Not that they misunderstand the seriousness of the situation, but that they totally misunderstand why America has become the greatest nation on earth, and how we have exported unprecedented prosperity and freedom to the furthest ends of the earth ... prosperity unseen in the history of humankind.

So please Congressman Meeks, in your next Wave column please name names; that is, name those House Republicans (and hopefully some House Democrats) who dare repudiate your madness.

PETE STUBBEN

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