Udall Squishes

Previously I have been impressed with Mark Udall, now Senator for Colorado. As Congressman, he voted against the earlier bailout. Now that the Democrats are in charge, he’s all for the new bailout. Apparently he’s more interested in playing the role of Partisan Puke than in defending the rights of his Colorado constituents.

Notice the difference between Udall’s sincere, informative letter on church and state, the single best letter I’ve ever received from any politician, and the senseless, pandering, gobbledegook he sent me today:

Friday, February 06, 2009
Dear Armstrong, Ari,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the economic recovery bill being debated in the United States Senate. I appreciate your taking the time to write and expressing your specific concerns about this important legislation. Several thousand Coloradans have contacted me to share their views.

With the worst economic crisis facing our nation since the Great Depression, it is important that we do all we can to give a boost to our economy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the national unemployment rate has increased to over 7%, a problem that is adversely affecting many Colorado families. Along with rising unemployment, many Coloradans are struggling to stay in their homes as a direct result of the hardships they have faced because of the current economic crisis.

I believe that we must act to keep Coloradans working, but we must be thorough and get every assurance we can from the best minds, best historians, and best economists to ensure that this legislation will provide the necessary boost to our economy. This package must be transparent and restore accountability to the expenditure of federal monies. Importantly, I want to make sure that the bill is heavily weighted towards creating jobs to stimulate the economy as soon as possible. We have a talented workforce in Colorado and I believe that with the right federal policies, we will be able to keep Coloradans at work and keep them in their homes.

During debate of the economic recovery bill thus far, I have partnered with senators from both parties to improve the bill so that the federal government will spend taxpayer dollars effectively. Moreover, I have filed several amendments that would help re-direct federal monies into job-creating projects that would help put Colorado back on the right economic path. As the bill is being considered you can be sure that my staff and I will keep your suggestions and concerns in mind.

Thanks again for contacting me. My job is not merely about supporting or opposing legislation. It is also about bridging ideological divides and bringing people together to solve problems. I welcome your letters and e-mails and always listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing our state and nation.

Warm Regards,
Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado