Friday, December 30, 2005
Wake up, Suzy!
After all, the former florist likes to portray herself as the voice of small business and is even a ranking member on the House Small Business committee. Clearly, this is an issue that's tailor-made for her, particularly since there's probably plenty of businesses in this area that were genuinely impacted by Sept. 11.
As the article notes, millions of dollars in loans went to small businesses -- including a restaurant in Florida and a tanning salon in Nevada -- that never should have received this money. Indeed, an audit found that 85% of the loans granted under the SBA's Supplemental Terrorist Activity Relief (STAR) lacked justification for receiving these special earmarked funds.
Time to wake up, Suzy. Your district is waiting to hear from you.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Oops...she did it again....
From: "Rep. Sue Kelly"
Date: December 22, 2005 2:31:22 PM EST
Subject: Responding to your message
December 22, 2005
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns for U.S.
military action in Iraq. I appreciate having the benefit of your
views on this matter.
I appreciate your concerns on this critically important issue. As
you well know, there are many aspects of Operation Iraqi Freedom
that merit continued examination and debate. As a legislator, I
believe that a top priority must be ensuring that American soldiers
and citizens working in Iraq right now are given all necessary
support for completing their job successfully. It has been and will
continue to be a tough job for our forces and for Iraqis who are
committed to achieving a democratic, secure Iraq, but their
courageous efforts have resulted in progress: Iraq is now a
sovereign nation with the first democratically elected government
in over fifty years. That said, there remain significant challenges
ahead, and it's essential that we approach them properly. Please
know that I am committed to supporting our efforts in a way that
best protects our forces on the ground and our national security.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to
contact me again if I can be of any assistance in the future.
Member of Congress
Isn't it time the people of the 19th had a Representative who actually put some time and thought into an issue instead of sending out the same tired letter over and over again? Forget about the rest of us for a minute: don't the veterans and National Guard members who live in this district at least deserve better?
And remember, we're tracking these letters, so when you get one, be sure to send a copy to take19 (at) gmail.com.
UPDATE: One reader sent in the same exact letter from Sue that was dated June 30. Good to know our elected official is really monitoring current events and staying on top of the news!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Cheney's own Charlie McCarthy...
We'll try to avoid the sexual innuendo of Sue sitting on Cheney's lap, but the comments might as well have come out of his mouth, instead of hers. A quick Google search shows just how similar -- in some cases identical -- they really are.
Here's Cheney from a CNN interview earlier this week: "Far better to have their democracy that is now in place rather than Saddam Hussein ruling and that the world is a far safer place because of it."
Now, here's what Sue said: "There's no denying it's a far better Iraq than it was under Saddam," Kelly said.
Here's Cheney again: "Leaving prematurely from Iraq will have terrible consequences."
And now Sue: "I think leaving prematurely is exactly what the terrorists want," Kelly said.
So who's pulling who's strings? And, perhaps more importantly, don't the people of the 19th deserve something better than a dummy?
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Sue says: Good fences make good neighbors!
Of course, given the 19th's proximity to Mexico, what Sue really seems to be saying is that she's in favor of building a fence around Peekskill and Haverstraw and Beacon -- all cities in the 19th with large concentrations of Hispanics -- so as to keep the illegals out of more affluent towns like Garrison, Nyack and East Fishkill. For a more detailed discussion of the vote, check out this article in the WaPo, which basically says the legislation is full of holes. And as the Miami Herald notes in this story, it's really likely to piss off Hispanic voters.
But perhaps the strangest thing about Sue's vote is that it places a tremendous amount of burden on business owners -- a group she routinely claims that she cares deeply about -- by requiring them to submit their employees' Social Security numbers to a national database, presumably to make sure the SS#s are legit. Of course, business owners would have to cover the cost, which we're guessing would not be insignificant, not to mention a fair amount of hassle, to do this. So much for Small Business Sue!
Where does Single Party Rule Take Us?
This from a Washington Post Article:
The question isn't whether or not we want a partisan government...it's whether or not we want a functioning government...one that has a the strong checks and balances that our forefathers intended when they crafted the Constitution, or the one we see today.
What can you do to help government function properly? Quite simply, you can help restore checks and balances and break the stranglehold the Republican Party has on governmental power by working to remove Sue Kelly from office in November, 2006.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
What the president failed to mention was that most legal experts (those who aren't under the administration's employ) as well as many in Congress agree that these activities were and are in direct violation of federal law and the Constitution.
This is a turing point in the history of our nation where the majority party in power has abandoned democracy and are attempting to establish, for all intents and purposes, a monarchy.
This hubristic maneuver must be challenged.
I call on Sue Kelly to immediately declare her position on this all important issue, and act forcefully to stop the mad powergrab that her party's leader in now attempting.
Which is it, Sue? Democracy or Monarchy?
Friday, December 16, 2005
This is Serious...
Is the Pentagon Spying on Americans?
Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say
Bush reportedly OK'd NSA spying on Americans
Bush Authorized Domestic Spying
Not only is the Republican administration (with help from the Republican Congress) eroding our constitutional rights with the Patriot Act, they have begun a secret spying campaign on American citizens with no oversight. These measures are a direct result of power gone mad. And it's made me mad, and you should be as well.
This is a non-partisan issue. Conservatives and Liberals are Americans...Americans whose privacy deserves protection from the snooping eyes of both the private and public power interests.
SusanG at Dailykos.com has written a great piece that all Americans should take to heart. In it, she says,
So, Sue, what are your answers to Susan's questions?
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Good use of Time....
- War in Iraq
- Runaway Federal Deficit
- Skyrocketing Health Care Costs
- Record Trade Deficits
- Loss of Manufacturing Jobs
- Congressional and Administration Corruption Investigations
Well, today, the Republican Majority in the House decided to spend some of the people's time and money to propose, debate and force a vote on a measure to protect the traditions and symbols of Christmas. Here's the vote.
Just to give you one last detail, they refused to include traditions and symbols of other religious holiday observances requested by some sane House members who tried to make some sense of the proceedings. But, no. This was to be a "Christmas Only" Resolution, because, in case you didn't get the memo, there is a "War on Christmas" going on...brought to you by the fine folks at Fox News, especially Bill O'Reilly. Well, it's a war worth fighting, because, as we all know, we just don't get enough Christmas traditions and symbols this time of year. Just today, I had to actually get all the way to the end of my driveway before I saw a Christmas symbol in my neighbor's yard.
And, of course, Sue Kelly's Party brought this useless waste of time to America.
When we replace Rep. Kelly and other like-minded, lockstepping Republican footsoldiers in the House with people who live in the real world, hopefully time will be spent dealing with the people's business instead of spending time giving people the business.
Sue prefers Viagra over Education
A more apt name for this "legislation" would be the, Crime Against the Christmas Spirit Bill. Let's read some of the fine print of what is in this thing.
Well, if there is an outbreak of avian flu, we may not have enough vaccine, but at least we'll have enough Viagra to go around so we won't care.
This vote is part of the Republican Party's scheme to give themselves some cover for their tax cuts for the wealthiest among us. They, once again have decided to punish children, the elderly, the unemployed, and our health care system, so they may enrich their corporate and wealthy donors. Business as usual for Sue Kelly, Tom Delay and the Republican majority.
When is Sue going to start representing ALL the people of her district and not just the most powerful?
Demand an answer and, while you're at it, ask why she voted for this bill. 202-225-5441
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Meet and greet...
And yes...we know it's really really cold out. So be sure to stop at the wonderful Peekskill Coffee House on the way to the meeting and pick up some java. Brave the weather. Forget about holiday shopping. And show these five candidates that this district can be taken back next fall.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Who's she kidding?
But here's the thing: does she really expect Bush -- a man known for executive summaries -- to read an 11 page letter, including a full page in Arabic? Or is it just more posturing on Sue's part, making it seem like she's doing something when she's really doing nothing?
Monday, December 12, 2005
It's Time to Clean House...
Let's begin our travelogue with former congressman Duke Cunningham of San Diego, California. As reported in Newsday:
Accepted bribes, huh? hhhmmm. Let's keep that in mind and move along to the recently indicted Jack Abramoff, the K Street Boy Wonder GOP lobbyist who has doled out Native American Tribal money and Corporate Crony Cash like it was candycorn on Halloween...in exchange for, well, er, "favors." Two of his closest associates, Michael Scanlon and Adam Kidan, have both pleaded guilty to all sorts of nasty backroom wheeling and dealing. Abramoff may soon find the heat in the kitchen unbearable, and strike his own deal with the Justice Department. If he does, there are reportedly dozens of GOP House members who will be sweating bullets and returning lots of campaign and PAC money they received from Abramoff and Co. Among those who are already mentioned in the scandal are Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH), Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) and former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed.
Stay tuned for what may be the largest pay-for-play Congressional Scandal in the past 100 years.
Not to be undone by mere House members, Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, has his own probe going. This one is by the SEC over Frist's stock holdings and potential insider trading allogations...and, oh yes, the obligatiory lying about it.
Now the Executive Branch is also in on the act. You've undoutedly heard about Scooter Libby's trouble with the truth and the FBI and the Justice Department, and "Bush's Brain," Karl Rove, is in legal jeopardy regarding his testimony about outing a CIA undercover agent for political purposes during a time of war.
But all this is just a lead-up to the star of the House, Tom Delay, the FORMER GOP House Majority Leader, best friend of Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed (previously mentioned) and arguably the most powerful man in Washington, due to his iron fisted grip on the GOP campaign cash machine. He has been indicted on money laundering charges in Texas. Do I really need to tell you about Tom Delay?
At this point, you may be saying, "Wow, NYBri, that's pretty bad. What can we here in the Hudson Valley do about all this?"
A lot. First of all, get involved in this effort to replace Sue Kelly in Congress and, by doing so, say NO MORE to the corruption of one party, majority rule in Washington. You see, Sue has taken Tom Delay's dirty money (more than any other NY State GOP Rep.) and hasn't returned it. As a matter of fact, she has shown incredible loyalty to the Republican Party Line, voting to stick her nose in the Terry Schiavo case, voting to cut taxes for the top 1% while voting to cut funding for student loans, medicare, food stamps and housing to pay for the tax cuts, voting to go to war in Iraq along with its 240 billion in appropriation funds....essentially voting however the GOP leadership has told her to vote. Some say she is a better representative for Tom Delay and Big Donor Cash than she is for the people of New York's Nineteenth district.
Yes, it's time to clean House. If you think the country is headed in the wrong direction, do something about it. Roll up your sleeves and dig in. We've got a lot of work to do.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
For the most part, the letters said that whatever Sue has done so far on Indian Point has basically amounted to window dressing. So while she thinks she's fooling people into thinking she's doing something, the people who live in her district know what's really going on.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Bait and switch....
Among those was her vote yesterday to extend $56 billion worth of tax cuts on capital gains and dividends through 2010, largely paid for by a vote Sue took just before the Thanksgiving break to cut $50 billion in federal student loan programs, Medicaid and child support enforcement. If Sue does decide to tout this vote, she'll no doubt talk about how this helps people save for retirement, despite the fact that the vast majority of people who save for retirement (via IRAs and 401-K plans) do so tax-free. A plan to limit the tax cuts to people making $500K or less (or $1 million for joint filers), which certainly seems reasonable to us, was defeated with Sue's help.
We also missed Sue taking credit for this vote earlier this week that basically told people struggling with hefty home heating bills to tough it out. The bill, which Sue voted against, would have doubled the amount of money available for home heating assistance. Perhaps Sue was thinking that all of that savings from capital gains and dividends would help heat people's houses this winter.
Over at the Daily Kos, someone has started posting pictures of various House members and the words: "I voted to starve poor children and increase the federal deficit." Sue's picture is already up there, but somehow we don't think Sue will be touting that either.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Weather forecast: Lots of hot air
“This development poses an unacceptable safety risk and I request that you remedy the situation immediately. Weather services are critical to any airport, including Stewart, and their loss poses an unnecessary and unacceptable threat to passenger safety.”
The only problem is that there is no problem with the weather service at Stewart, as this brief in Friday's Poughkeepsie Journal noted. The so-called problem, which lasted overnight, was fixed by Oct. 4, which should have given Sue more than enough time to check her facts before sounding the alarm. Then again, it is a "working" vacation so she has to make it seem like she's doing something.
Still, doesn't the mid-Hudson Valley deserve something better than a bunch of hot air from their Representative in Congress?