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Mr. Gingrey, in your newsletter this week you slammed President Obama and the rest of the Democrats in light of the new report released by the United States Department of Labor.

    Yes, the unemployment rate did rise from 9.7% to 9.9% but as the AP points out, that’s because people who had given up on finding work are gaining confidence to go out and look for work. And the Wall Street Journal, hardly a liberal bastion, goes on to say that, “when people re-enter the market to begin a job hunt again, they boost the number of the unemployed until they find a new position, boosting the overall unemployment rate.”In Your little tirade you ask, “Where are the jobs?” Well Phil, as it turns out there were 290,000 created in April, the biggest monthly total in four years! Should we be out dancing in the streets? No but the economy has clearly been brought back from the brink and your latest diatribe completely misrepresents the facts. As an elected official you owe your constituents better.

    But guess what Phil? We don’t disagree on everything. In your email you mention the current economic crisis in Greece and its effect on Wall Street. I absolutely agree with your contention that this should all “serve as a stark reminder and a lesson to Washington of the precariousness of growing debt and its devastating global consequences.” So I’m sure we can count on you to reign in Wall Street by voting on a strong financial reform bill that regulates big banks like Goldman Sachs (who played a big role in both the U.S. & Greek economic disasters) and creates a Consumer Protection Agency. But that’s not all we agree on! You go on to say that, “we need to ensure we are on better fiscal footing, with a balanced budget and a reduced federal debt.” Yes! I could not agree more! Then I guess we can also count on you to begin reigning in our bloated military budget, because how could anyone who’s really serious about cutting spending and reducing the deficit not do so? It’s very encouraging to see your support on these issues.

    Lastly, in your newsletter you bring up your visit to Guantanamo Bay. As you point out, “the Obama Administration has been trying to close down Guantanamo Bay to ‘improve’ our world standing,” and after your third visit you say you are even more convinced that this is the wrong decision. I agree, in fact I think since you like it so much, you should stay! I’m sure it’s very quiet, so you can probably get a lot of work done. I mean what other congressman gets to have an office on the beach? And I hear that help is cheap and easy to come by. It’s just a thought Phil. Let me know what you decide, I’ll even help you pack!
Truly,
Your constituent in the 11th district of GA,
Chris McDaniel
May 8, 2010

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  •  I love your "lastly" paragraph. (1+ / 0-)
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    majii

    I agree, in fact I think since you like it so much, you should stay!

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sat May 08, 2010 at 07:49:30 PM PDT

  •  Sorry Dude (2+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg, majii

    Phil Gingrey doesn't give a shit about what you have to say. Or facts. But to make you feel better, here's the video where he says he's a Georgia peach (which fellow Republican Lynn Westmoreland takes to being a female). It's vintage Colbert.

    Civil and productive arguments among citizens are impossible if they take place on alternate planes of reality

    by grinning dog on Sat May 08, 2010 at 07:55:36 PM PDT

  •  I'm down in GA, too, and we have (3+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg, nippersdad, alpolitics

    some of the worst members in Congress.  Instead of helping to turn the country around, they'd rather organize more tea parties, rile their supporters up using BS talking points, and promote hatred and divisiveness among the different groups in our society instead of offering solutions.  Their favorite strategy is to go on the attack in every instance to demonstrate to their supporters how "strong" they are in their so-called convictions.  Very few of their supporters seem to notice how little they actually do for our state and nation.  Their main focus is on enriching themselves.  This is only the tip of the iceberg where the politicians GA sends to Congress are concerned.  I am so embarrassed by them.  As I see it, our biggest problem lies with the voters.  They seem to be persuaded to vote for "conservative" candidates as long as they tout their "Christianity," "Family Values," "pro-life," "tax cuts," and "anti-gay" positions among other things.  Never mind that they are rarely any of these things.  The big question is how to turn our state around. We need to develop a strong state party structure, and work to educate the people on what the government can do to make their lives better. I like your letter.  I just hope Gingrey will pay attention to it, but I won't get my hopes us.  I'm in the 8th district with conservadem Jim Marshall who has been a great disappointment on the stimulus and HCR, and based on his record, I'm expecting him to vote against Wall Street Reform.  I think one of our biggest challenges will be getting more and better democrats elected to the General Assembly in November and a democrat as governor.  I'm not sure that I trust Barnes anymore since he screwed teachers over with HB 1187.  I've retired from teaching since he left office, but  I'm still hesitant to vote for him, and I really like  Poythress and Baker.      

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