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  •  I called Lamar Alexander's office yesterday (13+ / 0-)

    asking why he had voted against the bill. At first, the staffer said he did not know. When I said that vote was reprehensible and I would remember that when Alexander runs again, the staffer asked would I hold for him to get clarification.

    After being on hold for a minute or two while a Sousa march was blaring in my ears, the staffer came back and said that Alexander supports the veterans but this bill was not paid for and would add to the deficit so he had to vote against it. At that point, I told him that was a worse answer than none. For one thing, the way to tackle the deficit was to get people back to work so they could pay taxes and raise revenue (which the staffer agreed with) and secondly, since Alexander voted for two wars that were unfunded (one of which was not even related to 9/11), voted for the drug benefit which was unfunded, and voted for the Bush tax cuts which were unfunded, it was a little late to be demanding that things pay for themselves (especially things that would pay for themselves by putting people back to work.)

    Then, I continued to express my disgust that a senator would vote to send people to harm's way in an unfunded war but refuse to vote for something that would help them when they got home. I told him that this seemed to be purely political since the Republicans had blocked everything that would actually help the American people, apparently in order to make the economy worse so they could win elections. I said this was unpatriotic, no matter how loudly they played Sousa marches on their phone.

    The staffer then said Alexander was for the bill but wanted more time to make it better. At which point, I told him that this bill had been around most of this year and that there had been plenty of time to make it better so that excuse did not work either. That if Congress met more than once a week or so instead of flying home or wherever, maybe they could have gotten something accomplished.

    What a crock. I also called Corker's office but they said they had no info about why he voted against the bill. When I told them how reprehensible his vote was, they said they would get back to me. Yeah, probably in a month or so.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 05:22:04 AM PDT

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