Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
UPDATES at bottom of post.
It is easy for conservatives to become discouraged. What looked like glimmer of hope last week, with all of the House Republicans and 11 Blue-Dog Democrats soundly rejecting the pork-filled "stimulus" bill in the House, quickly faded on Monday.
Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, sounded like he was going to follow the House Republicans' lead and urge his fellow Senators to vote against this swine of a "stimulus" bill in the Senate. But somehow yesterday, he started talking about adding some tax cuts to make the distasteful bill more palatable. Sickening.
No matter how much tax cut frosting you put on a barnyard pile, it is still a barnyard pile. You cannot sweeten it up enough to make it taste any differently. It is unpalatable to anyone who understands economics. It is even more unpalatable to those who understand that once a government program is funded, it is nearly impossible to defund. Plus, the encouragement of mortgage loans to those who aren't a good risk are what got us into trouble in the first place!
If you are against the current "stimulus" bill, the only thing we can do is contact our Senators, and more importantly, Mitch McConnell.
I know, I hate doing it too. But public pressure did avert Cap and Trade and the immigration bill last year. Public pressure and scrutiny got Tom Daschle to withdraw his name. Don't underestimate the power of public opinion.
Contact Mitch McConnell at McConnell.Senate.gov (You must then click Contact on the left list of links and then fill out a contact page.) Phone: (202) 224-2541,Fax: (202) 224-2499
Senate contact page: You can scroll down for each senator's contact info.
The public is waking up to what is in these extravagant spending bills, and public opinion is shifting away from support.
Speak up LOUDLY; it is our only weapon at this time.
Americans for Prosperity sent this email message this afternoon:
You fought back even when so many folks said we had no chance of winning. You joined tens of thousands of freedom-loving Americans for Prosperity members across the country who signed the NoStimulus.com petition. You said NO to heaving trillions of dollars of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren in the name of economic “stimulus.”
The pundits and talking heads predicted the ‘stimulus’ bill would sail through Congress without a hitch. But, thanks to your action - and the actions of tens of thousands of fellow taxpayers - we’ve turned the tide and shown these folks the power and popularity of our free enterprise values.
Last week, clear thinking legislators in the House of Representatives (the entire Republican caucus and 11 courageous Democrats) made a strong statement that you and I weren’t going to roll over and accept this Big-Government sham as reality.
The bill passed the House and moves on to the Senate...but severely weakened...and now we have a chance to win the fight to defeat this so-called stimulus. You and I can make a difference for the future of our country. But we can’t do it without your continued help.
They then ask for monetary help: Will you make a special investment today to help put this effort over the top?
MoveOn.org also sent an email about the stimulus bill, but from the pro-spending prospective: (My emphasis)
...But right now, the stimulus doesn't have the votes to pass.1 Republicans and conservative Democrats are teaming up to strip out the good stuff—college loan assistance, health research, tax cuts for poor folks, and more—in favor of more tax cuts for corporations.2 If they don't get their way, they'll block the plan.
They too want to run an ad, but to promote the spending bill. I would be happy if MoveOn was right, that the Senate does not have enough votes to pass!
And not to be left out, John McCain sent out an email with his petition against the stimulus bill as proposed:
...I believe we need to evaluate every bit of spending in this stimulus proposal with one important criteria - does it really stimulate the economy and help create jobs - if the answer is no, it does not belong in a so-called stimulus package. Furthermore, the stimulus must include significant direct relief to American workers in the form of payroll tax cuts and programs to help homeowners keep their homes. Finally, we need an end game to this stimulus so that when our economy recovers, these spending programs do not remain permanent and saddle our children with a skyrocketing national debt...
...I have long been a fighter against wasteful spending in Washington and long an advocate for a balanced budget -- that will never change. I realize we face extraordinary challenges with our economy today, but that is not an excuse for more irresponsibly from Washington. I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus package as it currently exists by signing this petition.
Chair, Country First PAC
I emailed back that I did not want Republicans to support a weak attempt at compromise. I did like his idea to include an end game.
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