Senator Feingold and Kohl,
I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing this letter out of grave concerns and much distress over the condition of legislation passage in our government. I did not fall for nor vote for any of this ‘change and hope’ nonsense that is being witnessed every day on the steps of our capital and across our nation. The President has not lived up to most of his words on integrity, honesty, transparency, or accountability and yet he and your party are still taking his popularity to peruse passage of massively destructive legislation.
I have seen the Democrats, through Obama, state that GM was not being taken over by the government and then two sentences later hear the plan on how the government was taking over the auto maker including the terms, goals, and outcomes to be achieved, he did the same for Chrysler. This week we have also heard how any financial institution that received TARP money and want to take PIPP monies will be mandated to enforce pay scales from tellers up to senior management. The Treasury Secretary is also trying to place road blocks, known as stress tests, in place to prevent said institutions from returning the funds to avoid the government mandated controls that came with it. In light of this I am afraid that the stimulus and omnibus bills rushed through both houses and signed in haste, violating the President’s own 5 day review campaign pledge, have more and more hidden and governmental encroachment language in them that gives the federal government unprecedented and far reaching power into the personal, professional, and business lives of our citizenry.
Senator Feingold, I do not want to sound like an alarmist but I am seeing truly damaging legislation flying through the government without any consideration to the People. We are seeing news reports of Democrats stating they did not read the legislation prior to voting on it! Now I know this is not the case with you, however I am concerned many of your fellow legislators have forgotten one single and simple fact about our government and its process, all branches represent us and our will. Can you please bring this up on the floor that legislators do not work for lobbyists, special interest groups, campaign contributors, friends, or political allies, but for the people in the districts and states to whom put them into office. Can you please inform them that there is a growing tide of mistrust and concern against not only them, but the government as a whole now because of their reckless and wanton actions. This concern is beyond conservative and liberal and is transcending party affiliation because it will change the way our nation operates and may not be able to be reversed.
There is no indication that the massive spending, debt, and deficit spending will collapse and require higher taxes to be heaved upon more and more segments of the nation as they find funding shortfalls due to grave miscalculations. Social Security is the larges issue as millions of Americans will begin drawing it and leaving the tax base at the same time. The welfare measures instituted will encourage people to stay home and not seek work. The stimulus package has little if any project spending that will begin to impact any local community this year, much less next year. There is already a coalition of states demanding greater autonomy that is up to 11 states in pushing the 10th amendment dangerously treading close to an era not seen here in 160 years. Our Federal government has seemed to forget the lessons from which it was founded that of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
This government is a union of states, and the amount of intrusion into everyone’s lives by that government is causing serious reservations on the validity of the Union as we know it. My fear is that the continued lack of opposition or moderation of the Democrat party will only embolden them to continue pushing the nation further to the left to the point of pulling apart the very fabric that makes up this nation. We have already seen the hand of government sweep into the financial sector, now the automotive manufacturing sector, and that leaves many wondering what is next and how far will this go. We are seeing an international backlash toward our monetary and trade policies that will constrain our mercantilism philosophies for decades. Our own businesses are revolting against proposed taxes that will cost millions more present and future jobs and hamstring their ability to compete fairly overseas. We could begin to see a mass exodus of wealth, power, and revenue generation for friendlier and more fertile grounds. This we can not have. What actions are open to me, a citizen, with no real voice to be heard above that of the liberal lobbyists and special interest groups to take to show my dissatisfaction and fear for my country? Can you please talk to your Republican and Democrat colleagues and show us, the citizens of Wisconsin and the United States, that our government is still owned of us, by us, and for us and our children?
Thank you for your time and considerations, God bless America