I got an email this morning from Roy Blunt, our U.S. Republican senator from Missouri. I must say one thing about him, he communicates with the people in Missouri. His Republican predecessor, Kit Bond, who was a U.S. senator when we moved to Missouri in 1988 until January 3, 2011, never once communicated with me even though I sent him numerous communications. I never even got an automatic reply.
However, I realize that is immensely better than getting this maddening propaganda letter that I received today from Roy Blunt.
As you've probably seen on television or read in your local paper, Washington is facing a potential government shutdown this week. What's at stake is funding our government for the short-term while making much-needed cuts to our budget. But what is lost in the news coverage is what the American people really care about: drastically reducing the size of government, reducing spending over the long-term, balancing the budget, and ensuring that America remains a prosperous nation.
I believe that a government shutdown is not the answer. But we have a responsibility to ensure Washington is living within its means, just like every family and job creator in Missouri and across America. On Monday night, House Republicans posted a bill that would keep the government open for a week after Friday’s deadline, while cutting $12 billion over the seven days. Yet Senate Democrats and President Obama failed to reach an agreement, raising the risk for our federal government to close at the end of this week.
Make no mistake - we’re in this predicament because Senate Democrats abdicated their duties and failed to pass a budget last year. The Senate Democrats’ unwillingness to come to the table to make real budget cuts is not a responsible solution, and wesimply cannot continue spending money that we don’t have.
This is a critical debate, which is why I wanted to give you a quick update today. I hope you’ll join me on Twitter or Facebook to stay connected and share your thoughts online.
I replied and told him it was Republican propaganda because the Democrats already met the Republicans' original budget-cutting numbers.
Prior to becoming a senator, Blunt was in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Wikipedia:
On January 8, 2006, one day after DeLay announced that he would not seek to regain his position, Blunt announced he would run to permanently replace DeLay. On January 14, 2006, he issued a release claiming that the majority of the Republican caucus had endorsed him as DeLay's successor. However, when the election was held by secret ballot on February 2, 2006, U.S. Representative John Boehner of Ohio won on the second ballot, with 122 votes to 109 for Blunt. In November 2006, Blunt was elected by House Republicans to their second-highest position during the 110th Congress, House Minority Whip. Blunt handily defeated U.S. Representative John Shadegg of Arizona for the position. He stepped down from the position in 2008, avoiding a difficult battle with Eric Cantor.
Frankly, I was so happy that Blunt wasn't chosen. However, maybe that would have been better than to have him now as a U.S. senator.
Blunt's son Matthew Roy Blunt was also in Missouri politics and was following in his dad's footsteps. He had just started a run for a second term as Missouri's governor and had just held a fund-raising dinner several days before when he abruptly came out and said he wasn't seeking a second term because he had accomplished virtually everything he set out to do.
The truth was that then Democratic Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon launched an investigation of deletion of emails sent through the governor's office, so this was the straw that broke the camel's back. (So much for the government transparency that Blunt said he was all for.) This email scandal was on top of a dismal approval rating.
Wikipedia says of Matt Blunt,
Criticism from both the left and the right made Blunt's first year in office difficult. In February 2006, a poll conducted by SurveyUSA showed him with a 33% job approval rating, the fifth lowest of any governor in the nation. His approval among Republicans polled was 62%, but his rating among Democrats was only 12%. This was one of the greatest partisan divides of any governor.
In October 2006, Governor Blunt earned the highest score of any US governor from the libertarian Cato Institute. Blunt received a grade of 'A' – the only governor to do so – by reducing Missouri's budget, limiting Medicaid spending, and making the state government smaller.
On July 24, 2007, Blunt had a 48% approval rating. A February–March 2008, poll by the Republican polling firm American Viewpoint showed Blunt with an approval rating of 57%.
Teapartiers. That's who we are dealing with. Sadly, I think Missouri with Matt Blunt at the helm was a role model for what has now become the Teaparty. Fortunately, now, Missouri has a Democratic governor, Jay Nixon; however, Missouri could easily fall back into this Teapartier haven and takeover the entire state if a Republican would be elected as governor.
We have a Republican-controlled Congress who are trying to do many of the things that other Republican-controlled states are doing with only a Democratic governor to stop them, like repealing child labor laws.
Where is Charles Dickens when you need him?
I'll be working hard in Missouri to get more Democrats elected.