In the age of AlGore's internets, one would think a democrat congressman could reply to an email faster than 19 days later, especially when he's trying to hold onto the coat-tail garnered seat he squeaked by being elected to in 2008. But no. At least he offered an apology for it.
Background. Liberty Central (yes that Liberty Central of the now 'Ginni' Thomas fame) somehow goads me into using their handy tool to write my representative, one Mark Schauer (MI-7) and the jackass (huge h/t to Thomas Nast) Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow to forewarn them to stop the threatened Obama-Tax-Hike 2011.
I dislike using the auto-format of such letters, so I co-opted it and went with this, word for word:
Unless Congress acts in the coming weeks, every taxpayer will see tax increases starting on January 1, 2011.
Income taxes will rise for all earners, including my own middle-income family of four. With the marriage penalty will be re-instated and child tax credits being cut in half, we will be forced to do more with less. All while the federal government continues to spend, borrow and waste more of our tax dollars. The departments of Agriculture, HHS, Education, Justice and the GSA alone have lost over $144 million in "stimulus" dollars.
Who do I blame for this? Those senators and representatives who have voted for the over $1,000,000,000,000.00 (trillion) "government stimulus". Those politicians that would sooner not finish the jobs of their terms, like passing a FY11 federal budget and those who would sooner follow Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi's lead. Who will I be showing the door to on November second and again in 2012 and 2014?
Furthermore, the "death tax" will go from zero to as high as 55%. Taxes on investments will increase. Some exemptions and deductions will be eliminated. The Alternative Minimum Tax will hit 15 million people.
Unless Congress acts, taxes will increase by $200 billion next year alone - and $3.8 trillion in the next 10 years. Small businesses, who employ over 70% of working Americans, will be hit particularly hard. They will pay more than half of the taxes raised by increasing the top rates. Job creation will continue to suffer as individuals and businesses find their finances badly hurt by more taxation. Coupled with a second coming housing foreclosure crisis, rising health care costs due to ObamaCare (a/k/a PPACA) our country will face another, yet longer recession.
$170 less per month in 2011. What will my family do less with next year? Travel less to Michigan, buy less from manufacturers, cancel Spring break camps for our children, limit dining out to once per month (vice four now), and finally cut back on charitable contributions.
Congress needs to act now to hold the line on all tax increases. Economic recovery and job creation are more important. And quite frankly, my family, and yes my neighbor's job, are more important than anyone in Congress or the White House.
This was Schauer's response
today yesterday, finally:
October 25, 2010
Dear Mr. Smith:
Thank you for writing to me about your opposition to any increase in taxes. I appreciate your concern about this issue and I apologize for the delay in responding.
Like you, I believe that middle-class and working-class families are already paying too much in taxes. That is why I supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the "stimulus bill"), under which most American families will receive an $800 annual tax cut in 2009 and 2010. For the many people who have lost their jobs and are still having difficulty getting a new one, we made sure that health insurance remains an affordable option by lowering COBRA premiums and expanding coverage. We also increased unemployment benefits by $25 a week and extended the emergency unemployment compensation program.
I understand the concerns that many Americans have over how their government is spending taxpayers' money. One of the reasons I ran for Congress is because I believed we needed to end the fiscal irresponsibility that turned a $234 billion surplus into a $1.2 trillion deficit by the time I took office.
One way to impose budget discipline is through Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rules, which require that spending and revenue legislation be deficit neutral. When I served in Michigan's State Legislature, Democrats and Republicans both had to follow a simple rule: you must balance your budget. This meant that we had to worry less about what we wanted to do and more about what we could afford to do. On a national level, Congress followed this Pay-As-You-Go rule in the 1990s and it led to a balanced budget and surpluses. Unfortunately, this law expired in 2002 and Congress did not renew it. Ever since I came to Washington, I have been pushing Members from both parties to come together to put in place this common-sense rule. On February 4, 2010, I joined a bipartisan majority to pass this bill and I am pleased President Obama signed it into law on February 12, 2010.
I also supported the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act, which will crack down on the fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars. Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) introduced S. 386 in the Senate on February 5, 2009, and when it came to the House floor for a vote on May 6, 2009, it passed with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 367-59. President Obama signed this bill into law on May 20, 2009.
Another bill that you may find of interest is S. 454, the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, which was introduced by Sen. Carl Levin (MI). This bill will provide a much needed overhaul to our defense acquisitions spending to ensure that American tax dollars are being well spent. With my support, the bill passed the House and I am pleased that President Obama signed this bill into law on May 22, 2009.
While I will continue to fight to eliminate wasteful spending and lessen the burden on working and middle class families, I do believe that our government has a key role to play in making sure people who play by the rules have a fair shot, promoting quality, affordable health care for all Americans, giving our kids access to a decent education, keeping our water safe, treating our senior citizens with the respect they deserve, and protecting America from those who would seek to do it harm.
Again, thank you for contacting me. To receive updates on this and other issues, please visit my website at www.house.gov/schauer. If you have any additional questions or comments in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.
Member of Congress
So fellow RedStaters, conservatives, TEA Party people, what pray tell should my response be?
p.s. I'm trying to figure out how to respectfully tell him to take me off his mailing list as I have already voted against him, all absentee-like. Perhaps I should send along a copy of the "help wanted" ads for his staff too. I'd hate to think my vote wasn't able to create or save some six jobs...