2009-06-05 / Letters

Letter To Senator Gillibrand

The following letter was sent to Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Dear Senator Gillibrand:

Thank you, Senator Gillibrand, for your very kind response to my questions and recommendations re: "The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009."

I'm delighted and disappointed… delighted you voted against the Hank Paulson Plan and stood firm with a few House Republicans last Fall, but disappointed you chose to support the President's new Stimulus Bill this Spring.

President Obama promised the nation these hundreds of billions of federal funds would be wholly used for shovel-ready projects to kick-start the economy, and that he would send teams of accountants to the states to assure compliance.

Those Presidential assurances, Senator Gillibrand, were made just a few short months ago and what do we have now?

Here in NY State, Congressman Jerrold Nadler just proudly and gleefully announced to his constituents here that $4 billion of the $24 Billion Stimulus money will go to infrastructure and energy, and that the balance (that is, 83.3%) goes to Albany for health and education. Albany, you know, is managed not by Governor Paterson, but by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and here are his assurances…

* In 2008, he stood at the podium to tell New Yorkers, "What crisis… I don't see no crisis," and state spending continued.

* In 2009, he says, "Don't worry, Governor, we have Schumer and Gillibrand at our backs" and state spending was boosted 9%.

* What happens in 2010, Senator Gillibrand? And why should the other 49 states be bailing out Albany's irreconcilable spending?

Like China today, federal funds in the great depression financed the construction of post offices, libraries, roads, bridges, tunnels and office towers. What are we building now, Senator Gillibrand … meditation gardens?

California is now broke from out-ofcontrol spending and our state, Senator Gillibrand, is next. Regrettably, you are the dealer (so to speak) feeding the irredeemable spending habits of our Albany politicians.

By not investing the nation's massive accumulation of wealth into scalable and stimulative projects, we doom ourselves to the inevitability of bankruptcy. Our environmentalists captive the world with 50 to 100-year prognostications, yet our Albany and DC politicians are unconcerned, unmoved and unworried by next year's accountabilities.

I'm very nervous, Senator Gillibrand. Are you?


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