[Nfbmo] FW: Reply from Senator McCaskill
GWunder at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 1 23:00:16 UTC 2011
Hi Dan. I didn't distribute the note with any partisan view in mind. I
simply find it frustrating to realize that our senators and representatives
have all of the computer power we have, the ability to easily write a
personalized letter about most matters of consequence, and yet, as though we
lived in the day when all that was available was an electric typewriter in a
mimeograph machine, we get something that tells us not one thing about where
our politicians stand relative to the issue about which we've contacted
them. I understand that there is a message in what Senator McCaskill sent
about the federal deficit, about her desire to not indiscriminately make
cuts, and about her desire to acknowledge the spending problem we have. That
tells me she's an American. It doesn't tell me how she feels about the
technology Bill of Rights, business opportunities for blind people, and
educational commission to ensure that blind people have standards to meet,
the funding of National Public Radio, building of nuclear power plants,
drilling for offshore oil, and all kinds of other issues I have taken the
time to talk with her about, believing it was my duty as a Federationist and
as an American citizen to share my perspective.
I guess the one thing I can say is that at least I got a letter
acknowledging my contact. I only wish I knew what contact it was.
From: nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of DanFlasar at aol.com
shut up Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 5:09 PM
To: nfbmo at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] FW: Reply from Senator McCaskill
Your subject line gave away the game. It looks like campaign screed to
me, but in all honesty, it's really no different from those I received
from Sen. Kit Bond and Sen. Jim Talent. I don't recall what I received
Sen. Jean Carnahan since she was in such a short time.
But I have to admit that Sen. Bond at least comes to see us every time
we come to DC, sits down with us and gives us a relatively straight answer.
I find this surprising and gratifying because his general politics and mine
are so far apart. I wasn't surprised at the boiler-plate from Talent and
Bond because I didn't expect much from them. I guess that since I share
more political views w/ Sen. McCaskill, I am as dismayed by her lack of
contact - either in DC or by email - as I was grateful for Sen. Bond's
Speaking personally, I hope she 'gets it' soon. I think it's clear to
me why Bond wins so easily and it isn't entirely due to his political
In a message dated 4/1/2011 4:58:28 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
GWunder at earthlink.net writes:
Can anyone guess, from this response I've just received, what it was I was
writing to the senator about? I remember 25 years ago getting a tremendous
laugh at a meeting of the Board of Directors when I'd read a letter from a
little-known one-term state representative that went something like this:
Dear Mr. Wunder:
Thank you very much for writing me to express your views about this issue
which is of so much importance to you. Please be assured that I always
welcome whatever my constituents have to say and I will keep your views in
mind if and when you're issue comes before the House of Representatives for
Please be assured that my door is always open in my attempt to be
responsive to your needs. Again I thank you for writing me about this issue
which is of the utmost importance to you.
I wonder if there is much difference between that letter and the one you
will see below? Frankly I am surprised. I am reminded of the days when I
would correspond with Sen. John Danforth and his letter would either say I
support this, I haven't yet made up my mind, or I oppose this but
appreciate your opinion just the same. I also remember dialogue which led
to his changing his position on at least one occasion and the changing of
my own position on another. I'm not sure this letter will lead to any kind
of dialogue. I welcome your comments.
From: senator at mccaskill.senate.gov [mailto:senator at mccaskill.senate.gov]
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 4:34 PM
To: gwunder at earthlink.net
Subject: Reply from Senator McCaskill
April 1, 2011
Dear Mr. Wunder,
Thank you for contacting me regarding your priorities for the federal
budget. I have heard from many Missourians about the funding of various
federal programs during the current debate on our budget. Your input is
valuable to me as Republicans and Democrats attempt to negotiate a
compromise to complete a spending bill that will fund the government for
rest of the year.
I am extremely concerned about the federal deficit and debt, and I have
working to rein in both since I came to the Senate four years ago.
the deficit is going to require holding down spending across the board, in
addition to eliminating loopholes and distortions in the tax code. I am
proud of my work with Republican Senators Jeff Sessions (AL) and Bob Corker
(TN) seeking to put in place sensible spending caps, as well as the many
other efforts I have pursued, such as fighting to enact pay-as-you-go
spending rules, which are now law.
Unfortunately, some of my colleagues in Congress have proposed to reduce
deficit by focusing nearly exclusively on the 12% of the federal budget
comprises non-security discretionary spending. This is the portion of the
budget that funds roads, schools, hospitals, and housing. In February,
Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 1, that
would cut $60 billion from non-security spending in 2011.
H.R. 1 was neither realistic nor responsible, and it was simply too narrow.
It would have imposed unsustainable cuts on many programs that are vital to
hard-working Missourians and Missouri communities. Massive cuts included
the bill to the Social Security Administration would actually increase the
deficit in the long run because it would reduce resources to fight fraud.
I firmly believe that we need to reduce federal spending and, in fact,
opposed an alternative to H.R. 1 that was proposed that failed to
restrain spending. The reality is that very few programs will see funding
increases this year, and any increases will be offset by cuts elsewhere in
the budget. However, I will not support the gutting of vital programs as
the House suggested.
As someone who has been focused on addressing our federal budget crisis
since I came to the Senate, I welcome the renewed focus on government
spending. I know that Missourians recognize that addressing the deficit
will require shared sacrifice and compromise, and that it cannot be a
process driven by ideology.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in
the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other
United States Senator
P.S. If you would like more information about resources that can help
Missourians, or what I am doing in the Senate on your behalf, please sign
for my email newsletter at www.mccaskill.senate.gov.
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