At Bill's behest, I called CAF's special toll free number (866-544-7573) to get connected to the Capitol switchboard and support the stimulus.
After the introductory message, it connected me to the switchboard. All circuits busy. Wow.
So, I sent this in to Sen. Collins via her “email” form.
I was very surprised and disappointed that because of your work on the stimulus package, states will lose out on help that they need to provide critical services. All across America, states are laying off teachers, police, firefighters, and other employees who provide necessary services, such as those to the elderly. In Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports today that elder abuse and neglect has skyrocketed, in part because the programs that take care of the elderly have been cut.
These cuts are not only recessionary and counter-stimulative, they are cruel. They are not “moderate”. They reduce the positive effect that the stimulus passage might have, especially considering how deep the recession is expected to be.
I am not from Maine, but I am surely affected by your work. I hope you'll reconsider these cuts, and vote for a reconciled stimulus package that includes the restored monies for states and education.
If we want that money restored in conference committee … now's the time to make noise. There's a lot at stake; now's a good time for a little “grassroots governance.”
First, here is my blog entry on BlueMassGroup: http://vps28478.inmotionhosting.com/~bluema24/s…
p>Absolutely, I favor the House Stimulus Bill because it saves jobs, and puts money into the states, infrastructure and education.
p>Tax Credits are useless – no one I know will buy either a house or a car if the Senate version passes.
The states failed to make the easy case that the Federal Government caused the recession by raising rates, so the Federal Government should pay up. Instead the states acted like demanding crybabies because the school budget is getting cut.
You could look it up.
Here’s a copy of an email I received from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, which forwarded it from AIBS (American Institute for Biological Sciences). As many of you know science hasn’t faired particularly well during the past 8 eight years (that’s probably a bit of an understatement). The stimulus actually specifically targeted increasing science employment through increasing the budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF, the major government agency funding basic scientific research). The Nelson-Collins amendment strikes out the NSF. Interestingly, our former director used to say how science isn’t partisan, NSF fared well under Republican and Democratic government. That was until the Bush era.
p>From my personal perspective, if I were lucky enough to get additional grant money from a stimulus package, the first thing I would do is hire more people – that’s how science works – you need skilled hands (and minds) to generate data. And NSF’s peer review system is rigorous (that’s an understatement too) in helping the best ideas and people get resources.
p>Email from AIBS:
Don’t even invite the Republicans to that conference committee. The Democrats should follow the Pete Domenici model of hammering out legislation in conference:
Wow! How about a golf clap for Bingaman! The Republicans have shown their hand (by their blatant partisanship), I say wake up Democrats! Let’s move ahead and do what’s right for the country.
p>Enjoy the full text of that 2003 article here.