Seeing as how I have yet to receive a reply from John Tester or Max Baucus (the Senators for Montana) concerning the government shutdown, that I sent over 3 weeks ago, I thought I would give this another try.
Here is my message to them:
Mr. Senator I am a veteran and a Montanan. The fact that you represent us so poorly truly disgusts me. We your employers need you to do your job. Pass a budget, preferably a balanced one, stop the use of continuing resolutions, and stand strong in our refusal to raise the debt ceiling again.
I will forget for the moment that you helped pass the ACA, which has driven my wife out of her insurance plan, and we will not be joining the government market so enjoy your tax/fine. There is a bigger issue, biting us at the heals, and it is that you are unwilling to stop spending like drunken sailors, people who you now give a bad name to.
As your employer perhaps it is my fault I have not guided you well enough in the past so here is an itemized list in order of things I would like you to do, and dates I would like them done by.
1. By November 8th you need to pass a budget, preferably for the next 2 years, and preferably a balanced one, I understand that this is a large undertaking, but you need a budget at bare minimum.
I understand that since you only work 19 days over 3 months between now and the 15th of January that this may be hard, but that is why I made it priority 1.
2. By January 11th you need to have addressed the impending doom that is the Affordable Care Act. This can be done is several ways, a full repeal, a one year delay, the removal of the individual mandate, or the implementation of a different program altogether.
3. Jan 15, If by this time you have failed to pass a budget, the government will shut down. Good job, you follow instructions quite well. Now pick up your big boy pants, and pass a budget, NOT A CONTINUING RESOLUTION.
4.Since you are taking a week break starting February 16, I will expect you have addressed the Debt Ceiling once and for all by the 15th. If you do not have the willpower, or the persuasiveness to manage our debt, please remove the debt ceiling and notify me so I can fire you and promptly relocate my business to another state or country.
5. By March 22 I would like you to have put to rest any doubts we have about the ACA that I am sure no changes will have been made to. If you cannot reassure the majority of the population of Montana (that’s the state you work for, not to be confused with D.C.) that the continuing existence of this law is for their betterment, I urge you to work will fellow employees to strike it down.
6. If you have managed to accomplish all of this by May then great on you, maybe there is hope yet for America. That being said, I really like guns and would like an expansion of our rights to own and carry them. I prefer to open carry every place I go, the train station, airport, bank, college, pretty much every place my little feet can take me. Address this issue at your leisure as I predict many new issues will arise over the year that will have to be dealt with.
Just a courtesy note I am a blogger with a modest following, and I will be posting this and any reply I receive for the world to view. So please don’t disappoint me with an automated response.