Thursday, December 10, 2009

A letter to Sen. Boxer

I've just completed writing a letter to Senator Boxer. Below is the letter regarding health care reform and taxation. I'll post her follow up as soon as I receive it.

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Dear Sen. Boxer,

As a concerned constituent living in the Great State of California, it is my duty to voice objection to the current health care legislation movement of which I hold.

The current fiscal state of this country holds little room for further expenditures in areas that are beyond the bounds of those well-outlined areas described in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Nowhere in the Constitution do the framers state that it is in the interest of the United States government to operate and/or mandate a health care system to cover private citizens of the United States. Given the fact that you've taken the oath to uphold the Constitution, I would expect that you would have enough integrity to stand by your word.

This Democratically controlled Congress has ignored the laws of finance and common sense by spending money that currently does not exist, only to be printed on an ad hoc basis. When will this end? Why doesn't my government abide by the same budgetary laws and guidelines that I, and all other Americans, live by?

We - meaning myself and 300,000,000 other Americans - cannot afford to let this Congress experiment with a business they do not understand. Please listen to your constituents and stop this bill now. Not later, not after we've tried it, now. Now.

Senator Boxer, I'm not asking, I'm telling you as my representative. As a servant of the people of the state of California, stop this now. Not later, now.

I promise you that if you continue to push this tax on the American lower and middle classes - don't kid me with upper class taxes - I will spend the remainder of your career, however long or short that may be, working my hardest to get you out of office. I promise.

My very best,

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Barack Obama, Scientologists
Circle I Limbo

General asshats
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Hipsters
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Goths
Circle IV Rolling Weights

The New York Yankees, Oakland Raider Fans
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

Militant Vegans, PETA Members
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Osama bin Laden
Circle VII Burning Sands

Democrats
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Nancy Pelosi, NAMBLA Members
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Education and Big Business

Seriously, if you're going to spend millions on creating a product which requires in depth training of the sales force, go ahead and throw a few bucks into designing a thoughtful, progressive system in educating your sales force. I'm just saying.

I'm currently retraining for a new product (or two) and the company that developed the training materials is not the company for which I work. Therefore, the material that I'm cramming - almost as we speak - is complex, convoluted and not in a logical order. No wonder this particular product has been a bomb in the marketplace - the sales force can't articulate its place in the world because the idiots who designed the educational material speak science as their first and only language. Nice job, kids.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cletus

Today there was serious trouble and Cletus is to blame.

I was outside doing my normal Saturday routine when I hear my wife screaming at me from the garage door to the house.

Of course I throw the broom down and run in to have her tell me, "There's a black widow! It was on the coffee table and dropped down onto the rug! I can't find it!"

And the tear-down of the living room began.

We have a very large three piece couch; I pulled all of the pillows off, etc., etc. until the couch was literally upside down. I vacuumed EVERYTHING that could be vacuumed and the curtains came off the railing - the commencement of fall cleaning began.

As we were cleaning the living room I noticed my cats were upset and going nuts over the furniture rearrangement and noise from the vacuum. They're quite amused by bugs so I started teasing them over the fact that this little spider was giving them so much trouble, when I decided to allot a southern twang-tinged voice and the name of Cletus, because everyone knows spiders are the Arkies of insect society... right?

It sure as hell made things a little more lighthearted for the moment and frankly, I think the cats liked chasing Cletus around.

We never found Cletus, but I guess it doesn't matter because it coaxed us into cleaning the living room out thoroughly and God knows we needed that.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sen. Boxer

Prior to the passing of H.R. 1, A.K.A. "Porkulus Bill," I wrote Senator Boxer and asked her to vote no on the bill. I got a response after it passed as follows:

Dear Mr. -------:



Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R.1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing your views on this critical bill, which has passed Congress and was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.

There is a very simple, urgent reason for this legislation: We need to save jobs and we need to create jobs. We need to act quickly and boldly because at the rate we are shedding jobs, we are heading into deeper economic turmoil.

This is a time when the nation must come together. In my view, the Senate had three choices:

One was to do nothing. Doing that, to me, would be a hostile act because it continues the dangerous status quo. Our second choice was to wait for the perfect bill, and of course each Senator would write his or her perfect bill and we'd stall. Or our third choice was to pass the compromise; that is the choice Congress made, and I believe it was the only common-sense choice before us.

I also want to point out that without Republican votes in the Senate, a Republican leadership filibuster would have succeeded. The Republicans who voted for the bill did so out of a deep concern that doing nothing is unacceptable.

H.R.1 will inject $787 billion into our economy through tax cuts and spending on projects to save and create jobs. It will make significant investments in vital infrastructure projects, give much-needed aid to our states, and help to create and save millions of American jobs.

This legislation is far from perfect. But we are in a deepening economic crisis, and I believe it was necessary for Congress to move swiftly to stop it from sliding further. California's unemployment rate is an unacceptable 9.3 percent, and nearly 600,000 jobs were lost nationwide in January alone. Now is the time to invest in our country and our people.

We know that this package alone will not solve the entire problem; we must also address the housing and financial crises, and we will do so.

Again, thank you for writing to me on this important issue. Be assured that I will keep doing all I can to help get America's economy back on track. I will continue working with the Obama Administration and my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact legislation to stimulate growth, create jobs, and make American businesses more competitive in the global economy.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Please visit my website at http://boxer.senate.gov


I am not amused.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rep. Devin Nunes and Twitter

Recently I e-mailed my congressman, Representative Devin Nunes, 21st District of California to let him know that I would like for him to join the conservative network on Twitter.

I've reproduced his response, verbatim, below.

Dear Mr. -------

Thank you for taking the time to email me to express your support for the use of twitter technology. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

In this age of information and technology, the world is a much smaller place than it was even a few years ago. People can see and talk with each other even if they are thousands of miles apart, breaking news is known instantly around the world, and our entertainment libraries are stored in our pockets. With social networking websites making the world even smaller, it's easy to understand why it's a growing phenomenon.

The "Top Conservatives on Twitter" is a noble and ambitious web community for the Conservative movement. I appreciate being made aware of your support and I will certainly look into joining this initiative to help strengthen conservative ideals in Congress.

I value any other suggestions you may have. I invite you to visit my website for updates on my work in Congress at www.nunes.house.gov. Keep in touch.

Sincerely,



Devin Nunes
Member of Congress