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Unfortunately fellow Kossacks, we are now in an era where the moniker "Democratic Party" is a misleading label for what are actually group of corporate lackey apologist one percenters who pretend to be attuned to the will of their constituents at election time and then once elected, genuflect to corporate, special interests and Beltway Conventional Wisdom Punditry. Congressman Jared Polis, my representative, has revealed himself as falling into this category on the subjects of economics and the Federal Budget.  

I've had the misfortune of residing in what was once Duchess of Wingnuttery Marilyn Musgrave's Congressional District (CO-4) for her entire reign of (t)error. Bluedog Betsy Markey was a slight, although ineffective improvement during her predictable one-term tenure, as she then lost to Cory "Faux teabag Corporate Toolboy" Gardner in 2010.  

Imagine my delight when my area in Colorado was redistricted for 2012 into  Jared Polis' (CO-2) district.

And for many issues, we are in agreement, if his Wikipedia entry is accurate.

However, after sending letters to him and Senators Bennet and Udall regarding my concerns over the Chained CPI and budget negotiations I got a troubling response from Mr. Polis.  (My responses from Senators Bennet and Udall were equally troubling, which I covered in a previous diary for anyone who is curious)

The first troubling aspect of his response was the fact that the subject of my concern was the chained CPI and I got a response regarding the "fiscal cliff" and sequestration. Huh? Seems the staffers tasked with responding to constituent concerns are getting a bit confused.

Here is the response from his office:

April 23, 2013

Dear XXXX:

Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts on the "fiscal cliff." I appreciate hearing from you on this important topic and apologize for any delay in my reply.

The so-called "fiscal cliff" was the name given to a series of automatic spending cuts and tax rises that were set to take effect on January 1st of this year. Among the many programs set to take effect were:

"Sequestration," a set of harmful, across-the-board spending cuts that would slash funding from domestic discretionary programs (such as education funding, job training for low-income and underserved children, and programs to support seniors and allow them to stay in their homes), as a result of Congress's failure to get its fiscal house in order;
The expiration of all of the Bush tax cuts, which would have raised taxes on middle class families;
The payroll tax cut, a 2 percent reduction in the tax used to fund Medicare and Social Security;
A nearly 30 percent reduction in reimbursement rates to physicians for services provided to seniors on Medicare;
The expiration of federal support for unemployment insurance.
Many economists predicted that if Congress had not acted, the cumulative impact of these automatic cuts could have led to a fiscal shock that would have sent the U.S. economy back into recession.

However, at midnight on December 31st, the White House and Congress came to an agreement that avoided the fiscal cliff. Under this deal, signed into law as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress blunted the impact of the fiscal cliff and postponed most of the cuts from sequestration until March 1st.

I voted for the agreement because I believed that massive tax increases on middle class families would harm our fellow citizens, and would hurt our economic recovery and the many American families who are still struggling.

I have long supported a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that reduces our long-term debt and deficit through a careful balance of spending cuts and the elimination of tax loopholes. Congress needs to get its act together to begin reducing our deficit. During my time in Congress I've worked in a number of ways to do my part by:
Voting for a budget modeled on the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan;
Working to pass an amendment in the House that replaces the Army's permanent military presence in Europe with a more affordable, rotational force;
Proposing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that would cut $403 million in funding for a non-functioning missile defense program. (Click below to watch my floorstatementt)

My hope is that Members of Congress will finally come together to balance the budget in a smart and balanced way, and as your representative in Congress, I will continue to work for such an outcome.

Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. If I can be of any further assistance on this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at (303) 484-9596 or visit my website,, to sign up to receive my e-newsletter.


 Jared Polis
Member of Congress

Again, I am in agreement with much of what is contained here except for where the devil is in an important, crucial detail: During my time in Congress I've worked in a number of ways to do my part by:

Voting for a budget modeled on the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan;

Really? Jared Polis supports the Catfood Commission? Dated April 23? After the already suspect theories of Rogoff/Reinhart that underpinned the austerity argument which is the Simpson/Bowles' central point had been emphatically debunked?

Get a clue Congressman Polis.  We're watching your votes and we're not stupid.

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  •  Aww, look, some staffer sent you (5+ / 0-)

    the wrong form letter!

    I'm not sure there are cases when writing one's congresscritter is not a waste of one's time.

    As you can see, the congresscritter doesn't read your letter, and the staffer barely looks at it.

    You might be solicited by the Polis folks during the next election, however, now that they have your address on a list.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:10:42 PM PDT

  •  In fact, in retrospect I almost appreciate (4+ / 0-)

    those congresscritter websites where one is invited to check off a box representing one's issue of concern before entering text that nobody will read anyway.

    By checking off the box, you enable the site to generate and send off a form letter without any human mediation whatsoever!

    And if your issue of concern isn't among the ones offered by the menu?  Tough toenails, bub.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:31:25 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like we traded places, I used to have Polis (1+ / 0-)
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    Now I have Gardner. A couple words about Jared.

    First you should understand that in all my dealings with Jared Polis he has always come off as being genuine, and a nice guy. He's also pretty brave. I watched him stand in front of a crowd with plenty of T baggers during the height of the Obamacare townhalls. That took backbone.

    Also, Jared follows up. If you are non confrontational and polite, he calls back, he makes the effort to make communication a 2 way street.

    The congressman and I probably disagree on a few things. I didn't like the way he handled some issues too. But at the end of the day he caucuses with the party that has a better platform and he's a decent guy. I like having a Dem in his seat and there might well come a time in this life when his bravery and common human decency might serve this nation well.

    Perfect no. Aligned with all of my positions on issues, hardly. One of the best politicians to represent me in congress, absolutely.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 04:51:17 PM PDT

  •  As the gun control vote shows, (2+ / 0-)
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    Klusterpuck, Sunspots

    representative government has become a sham. They go through the motions with each and with us, which is simply the surface of the corruption that goes all the way through all three branches of government.

    Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

    by Words In Action on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 05:28:57 PM PDT

  •  sorry (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry about the wrong reply! It happens from time to time. Rest assured that I do read constituent email. I apologize that you got the wrong response.

    Jared Polis

    •  And Simpson-Bowles? (0+ / 0-)

      Chained CPI? What about the substance here?

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:51:10 AM PDT

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