My Letter Today To The President…

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Below is the text from a letter I sent today to Barack Obama,  President of the United States.

I also sent it to the following leaders:

  • Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid
  • Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell
  • Ohio Senator, George Voinovich
  • Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown
  • Ohio Representative Zack Space

By the way, if you want to contact your national leaders, you can do so by clicking HERE.  Be sure to enter your zip code on the upper right side to see a list of your specific representatives and leaders.

Here’s my letter…

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11 thoughts on “My Letter Today To The President…

  1. Snowflake

    Very well-written…and I wish I could say that I understood all the echonomic problems to the degree you do. I am not as smart in these matters…good for you for putting your thoughts to paper for our leaders to see! Congrats!

  2. Burt

    Thanks Snow!

    By the way…just ran into this [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/business/17sorkin.html?no_interstitial]related thought[/url] from the New York Times

  3. Burt

    The New York Times published a resignation letter yesterday from an AIG bonus recipient to Mr. Liddy, the head of AIG. It illustrates my point above beautifully. Consider:

    [quote][i]After 12 months of hard work dismantling the company — during which A.I.G. reassured us many times we would be rewarded in March 2009 — we in the financial products unit have been betrayed by A.I.G. and are being unfairly persecuted by elected officials. In response to this, I will now leave the company and donate my entire post-tax retention payment to those suffering from the global economic downturn. My intent is to keep none of the money myself.

    I take this action after 11 years of dedicated, honorable service to A.I.G. I can no longer effectively perform my duties in this dysfunctional environment, nor am I being paid to do so. Like you, I was asked to work for an annual salary of $1, and I agreed out of a sense of duty to the company and to the public officials who have come to its aid. Having now been let down by both, I can no longer justify spending 10, 12, 14 hours a day away from my family for the benefit of those who have let me down…[/i][/quote]

    For the full letter, [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/opinion/25desantis.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&pagewanted=all]click here[/url].

  4. Burt

    Of the people to whom I sent my letter, I have received two replies.

    First from Senator Voinovich:

    [quote]Thank you for contacting my office. I genuinely appreciate your e-mail and thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. As with all communications with my office, your views have been recorded.

    Every day, I hear from the people of Ohio through their phone calls, letters and faxes to my office. As you can imagine, I also receive a significant number of e-mails daily. Mass-generated e-mails sent by a third-party group, which are usually form text, have hindered my ability to respond to the e-mails, phone calls, letters and faxes that I receive. Due to the increasing number of mass-generated e-mails received by my office, effective March 16, 2007, my office will be implementing changes to the constituent correspondence process.

    Consequently, I have established a new system on my website to better serve Ohio constituents. If you would like a written response to your e-mail, please go to http://voinovich.senate.gov and click on the CONTACT tab to fill out the web CONTACT FORM. By filling out this form, you will receive a written response from my office.

    Thank you for your patience. Should you experience any problems with my web CONTACT FORM, please call my office at 202-224-3353 and my staff will be happy to guide you through the electronic correspondence process.

    Sincerely,

    George V. Voinovich
    United States Senator[/quote]

  5. Burt

    The second response I received was from Senator Sherrod Brown. From the context of his response, I’m not sure he even read my letter. Here it is…
    [quote]Thank you sharing your concerns about reports that American International Group (AIG), which recently received financial assistance from the government, will pay exorbitant bonuses to its executives.

    AIG’s actions are a slap-in-the-face to hardworking Ohio families. Bonuses at companies like AIG – companies relying on taxpayer funds to stay afloat – are an outrage. These executives should voluntarily return their bonuses. If they do not, I will push to have them recouped through the U.S. tax code.

    I recently joined several of my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy insisting that he immediately renegotiate any proposed bonus payments. The letter also clearly stated that if Mr. Liddy did not do so, the Senate could enact legislation allowing the government to recoup these payments by taxing AIG executive bonuses at a high rate.

    In addition, I will fight for legislation that prevents this from happening again – no company that is receiving billions of taxpayer dollars should be allowed to pay lavish bonuses, and certainly not to employees who contributed to the company’s downward spiral.

    Thank you again for being in touch with me.

    Sincerely,
    Sherrod Brown[/quote]

  6. shanti

    I thought it was a great letter–wish I had written it and sent it myself! So did you try and recontact Senator Voinovich using that contact form?

    As for Sherrod Brown…sounds like he just emailed you something back that’s mass emailed to everyone who writes something about AIG to him. That, or Senator Brown has horrible reading comprehension skills!

  7. Burt

    shanti: (I know your “new” log-in is Tinuviel 7, but old habits and memories die hard [img]http://lifewithchrist.org/js/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/teeth_smile.gif[/img]) – Yes, I did resend the letter to Voinovich using the other contact form. No response yet…

  8. shanti

    Ah well. I know I am rather pessimistic as far as politics is concerned–but part of the reason I never even send letters like this is because I don’t expect a response. Or if they do respond, for them not to even seriously consider what I have to say. But that’s the pessimistic side of me. I’m glad there are still optimists out there. [img]http://lifewithchrist.org/js/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/shades_smile.gif[/img]

  9. Burt

    Here’s the response I got from Ohio Representative Zack Space… again, did he read my letter?
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    March 27, 2009

    Dear Mr. Campbell,

    Thank you for writing to me to express your outrage at the bonuses paid to AIG employees.

    As you may know, the House recently considered a bill to tax bonuses paid to employee of certain TARP recipients. When I learned that these bonuses were being paid to employees of companies who needed to be bailed out by the government because of mismanagement, I was outraged. I immediately led the charge to protect taxpayers by recovering this bonus money. Taxpayers should not be expected to bail out companies on the brink of failure and then watch as their hard-earned money is being spent compensating the employees of these companies.

    The payment of these bonuses was an extraordinary abuse of the public trust by companies. I refused to stand by and do nothing as TARP recipients rewarded employees with excessive compensation while receiving billions in taxpayer assistance. I hope you’ll be pleased to know that I supported the measure to tax these bonuses and that is passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill is in now in the Senate awaiting consideration.

    Thanks again for taking the time to get involved. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Zack Space

    Member of Congress

    P.S. If you would like to stay informed about what is going on in Congress, please visit my website and sign up for my e-newsletter.

  10. shanti

    Oh wow. Yep. He suuuuuuuuure read your letter. (that was supposed to be dripping with sarcasm).

    Well, it’s nice to know our elected officials take the time to read what the population of America really thinks. (again sarcasm).

    Don’t mind me. Pregnancy hormones are at an all time high today. [img]http://lifewithchrist.org/js/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/tounge_smile.gif[/img]

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