Archive for the ‘McCaskill’ Tag
Sent e-mails to Missouri’s Senators (McCaskill[D] and Blunt[R]) through the Senate contact page. I said (paraphrasing since I always forget that I can’t save the message after it’s sent):
1) NO on any new gun control.
2) Any registration is a precursor to confiscation. We know it. Recent statements by Democrat pols let that cat out of the bag.
3) Registration lists will be used to harass innocent Americans for the crime of disagreeing with the Democrats on gun rights.
4) Registration would be performed by the agencies that gave us Fast and Furious (BATF and DoJ) that measure political success in body count and have yet to be made accountable for the people they’ve killed.
5) The “We need to compromise on ‘reasonable’ gun regulations.” line is a red herring. We have already compromised on ‘reasonable gun regulations’. The response to any proposed gun regulation, especially under the cloud of hate projected by people who should know better, is “No.”
McCaskill of course got a renewal of her political life thanks to Todd “Dick” Akin (and no, his middle name’s not Richard) and I’m not sure if she is going to pretend to serve her Missouri constituency or go in currying the favor of her masters in the Fascist wing of the Democratic Party. Roy Blunt? I don’t know what he does.
Claire McCaskill voted against cloture in the Senate on the Obamacare Bill (aka, Trojan the healthcare industry takeover horse). The opponents didn’t even need a fillibuster. Reid didn’t even get a simple majority.
I’ll claim whatever credit I can for convincing the Good Senator to avoid the Dark Side of the Force.
I sent her another note.
Credit where credit is due.
Thank you for voting against cloture on the Obamacare bill.
There are real reforms that can be applied to healthcare. None of the bills currently in Congress address any of them. This train wreck needed to stop.
a Tea Partier
BTW: I could have signed it Mickey Mouse because you have to enter all of your personal information before it will go through.
Claire McCaskill and fifteen other Democratic senators have been ‘ordered‘ to the White House. She has kind of figured out that Missouri is not Massachusetts on the Mississippi. If she wants to have even the inkling of a chance to get a second term, she needs to move w-a-a-a-a-a-y over to the center. She needs to become a blue dog fiscal conservative or she’s out and there is nothing Obama can offer her that will achieve that. He can promise all kinds of treats for Missouri. It means nothing if he bankrupts the country.
I don’t mean to seem to pick on the good senator. She replies when I writer her. This at least makes for a better conversation than with Bond who never replies. He should retire or something.
Dear Mr. [J]:
Thank you for contacting me regarding our health care system. I appreciate having your comments and welcome the opportunity to respond.
There is no denying that our health care system is in dire need of reform. The soaring cost of medical care is crippling our economy, bankrupting our nation’s families, and becoming an unsustainable financial burden for American employers. In the last eight years, health care premiums have grown four times faster than wages, and there are nearly 46 million uninsured Americans – the majority of whom are employed. It’s tragic that in a country of great wealth like ours so many of our fellow Americans don’t have access to care; and that the uninsured are suffering from avoidable illnesses and receiving expensive medical care too late the cost of which gets passed on to the rest of us.
I am pleased to see my colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee and on the Finance Committee leading the health reform effort in the Senate. There are still many tough issues to resolve in the health care debate, including insurance coverage mandates, whether a public program will compete with private insurers, and how to pay for it. While theses topics are still being deliberated in committee hearings and roundtable discussions, the highest priorities for Congress and health industry leaders are protecting patient choice of care, curbing skyrocketing health costs, and expanding coverage for the uninsured.
Although I am hopeful that significant reform will be enacted by the end of this year, you should know that Congress has already passed several measures that have improved access to care for children and struggling families. In January, I voted for Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), which will provide 4.1 million additional low-income children with quality health care coverage. I was also pleased that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), enacted in February, included extended unemployment health benefits coverage as well as funds for cost saving health care initiatives like health information technology (health IT).
Addressing our nation’s health care crisis will be no small feat for Congress; but it will only get worse the longer we ignore it. Our nation’s long term financial health requires a balance between family coverage needs and viable financing from businesses and the government. The current tenuous situation necessitates action on healthcare reform now. I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan fashion to find a fiscally responsible solution for the health of Americans and our nation’s economy, and I am hopeful that we will have significant reform enacted by the end of this year.
Senator Claire McCaskill
P. S. You may sign up for my email newsletter at http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov .
And because I just can’t leave well enough alone...
Thank you for replying to my previous comment. I do appreciate your willingness to communicate with your constituents, which not every officeholder is willing to do. But I feel the need offer a counter view. Forgive its lack of brevity.
1. Healthcare is not a drain on the economy. It is part of the economy. Saying healthcare is a drain is like saying building cars is a drain. Almost a half dozen of my relatives have jobs in the healthcare industry. When Obamacare “saves money” which ones of them get laid off?
2. I heard a story by someone complaining about not having health insurance. The worst part? Dealing with Medicare. The worst healthcare plan in the United States is government care. Why on Earth would any responsible person want that to become universal? In every country they implement it, universal healthcare simply becomes universally bad. That’s not reform.
3. There is no healthcare crisis except as created by the politicians. Everything is a crisis when politicians want to spend more money. The US has the best healthcare in the world. Not having health insurance does not mean not having access to health services. There are inefficiencies in distribution, but don’t kill what 80% of the country has that works fine.
4. Have you read the healthcare bill? A bill too big to read should be too big to pass.
Thank you for your time
Somehow, I suspect that my voice in the wilderness will not sway the good senator from the dark side. I would like to think so, but I’m not hopeful. Maybe a few additional voices might convince her of the errors of her ways. That people voting “Not Republican” is not the same as voting “Socialist”. Help me out here folks. I forgot to mention tort reform as a ‘real healthcare reform’. Fill in that gap for me.
The Democrats have created the worst government ever. McCaskill is wavering. McCaskill’s e-mail site:
NO to Obamacare
NO to the Democrat’s treasonous levels of spending
Signing legislation without so much as skimming through it should be grounds for recall. A bill too big to read is probably too big to pass. Voting for a bill without reading it is the same as signing a contract without reading it. It’s no defense and is completely irresponsible. She was sent to represent the people of Missouri, not Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or the empty suit of a president.
I did my part, now you do yours. Put the pressure on.
Note: my apologies to the good Senator. This post originally addressed the first response I got from Sen. McCaskill’s office which addressed last summer’s ‘stimulus’ payment. I mentioned its lack of timeliness. Sen. McCaskill’s office followed up with the following note which I have posted here.
(Note: Senator Bond has never replied to any of my notes. This kind of behavior may explain why he feels the need to retire.)
Dear Mr. Howard:
I believe that you received a letter from my office this morning that addressed last year’s stimulus legislation, rather than the economic recovery package that is currently being debated in the Senate. I apologize for the error.
[I am impressed that they caught it. Somebody’s on the ball.]
With respect to the pending economic recovery package, as you know, in early 2008, Congress passed an economic stimulus package designed to help the economy get moving again. Since then, the mortgage crisis grew into the worst banking crisis in the last fifty years, and this has driven our economy into dire straits. In general, I think it would be appropriate for Congress to take additional action to try to mitigate the effects of the downturn and get our economy back on track. There have been a number of suggestions and proposals as to how the federal government could best approach a second stimulus, including investing in infrastructure and helping state governments cover budget shortfalls. As your Senator, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind when considering different proposals in order to best meet the needs of Missouri.
I do think the process will be important with respect to the stimulus. I want to be careful that stimulus funds go towards the “shovel ready” and most effective initiatives and not simply lawmakers’ pet projects. I have made a personal promise not to request earmarks, through which lawmakers can direct funding to specific projects, until there has been substantial reform of the appropriations process. I intend to keep this promise through any debate on a second stimulus. However, I am confident that Missouri has a number of worthy projects that would receive funding through a competitive grant process. My office will continue to help Missourians navigate that grant process as we have since I came to Washington.
Thank you again for contacting me. I hope you will continue to reach out in the future with your thoughts and advice.
Senator Claire McCaskill
Kudos to the good senator’s communications policy. I would recommend other politicians emulated it. The earmarklessness position partially offsets supporting the Democratic Party Perpetuation Act, which is on the whole, a crime against the republic, up there with Julius Ceasar’s assention to permanent consul.