Monday, June 27, 2005


Dear Senators Schumer and Clinton,

As a constituent of yours, I have a few questions for you:

Why are you supporting the fillibuster of John Bolton, the man credited with getting the U.N. to reverse the "Zionism equals racism" resolution, and keeping him from being our next U.N. ambassador?

Why are you blocking private retirement accounts for middle class people like me, and especially for the lower paid workers?

Why do you support the status quo of spending the Social Security surplus as if it's general tax revenue?

Why were you silent regarding Sen. Durbin's degrading comments about our military, likening them to the that of the worst regimes in modern times?

I was born and raised in Manhattan, and moved to L.I. in my teens. I served in the U.S.M.C. from '81 - '85, and have lived on L.I. since. I feel that neither of you is representing me, or my ideas, in the Senate. As a native New Yorker, I am frankly apalled. Both of you speak about the need to hear "minority" opinions, and yet you trample the progressive conservatives in your own constituency. Some of us have seen the failure of "liberal" programs first hand, and are willing to try something new. I cite welfare reform as an example: neither of you supported it, but it was successful. I thought I was done with the questions, but "will you support reauthorizing it?"

Please break out of the partisan box, and start to represent all of your constituents. I call myself a "progressive conservative" for a reason. I want what's best for this country, even if it's tough medecine to take. I believe in the people, and their individual striving for a better life. I do not believe that the government can give it to them. What government can do is to make sure that abuses don't take place in the "ordered chaos" of the free market.

This is different from such overreaching regulations as rent control, or on the health care system, and FDA regulations on medications. Nowhere is this more evident than in our home city of N.Y, where a different real estate system exsists than anywhere else in the country, as well as a black hole of wasted medical expenses, with little benefit to anyone who pays taxes in this state.

I am writing to you in the hope that you will not see my opinions as "partisan," though they may sound like someone's "right wing talking points." I agree with both of you on many issues, though moderately. My point is to get the public motivated as self-starters, and to wean them off dependence on government assistance. We, as a nation, have unlimited potential, and we are going to need it soon, if things really turn for the worse (as opposed to your claims that it already has). I am proud of what Pres. Bush has done to bring us back to the level of prosperity we enjoy currently, while both of you seem to be denying his accomplishments, and fighting against what appears to be steady economic progress.

P.S: If the recent Supreme Court ruling against the poor and middle income property owners didn't make you wish for Janice Rogers Brown to be on the Supreme Court, you are not representing the rights of the person, whether poor or middle class, but the imperial power of the state, in a perverse collusion with big business. Both of you can do better.


Rosemary said...

1. Honorable Sens.
It has come to my attention that my home is in danger. With the ruling from the Supreme Court on the New London, Conn. case, I was wondering if there is anything you are willing to do to put a stop to this land grab?

2. Since we know people are somewhat ambilevent to HMO's, do you think you might be able to speak to Sen. Kennedy? He invented this mess in 1975. Don't bring this up, of course, but maybe we could do away with government intervention into the health of the American people? After all, it is a matter of privacy, isn't it?

3. Would you please try to get along better with all members of the Senate? I do not remember when I've seen such hatred by Democrats. I thought we were tolerant? Please, I ask you, be civil.

4. I am not saying you have to agree to be civil. Not at all. Would you please come up with some ideas of your own, instead of "NO"? You had so many ideas. Where did they go? What are there? Are you hiding them from us for fear we will not accept them?

5. I do not understand why you do not desire us, the American people, to have the same benefits as you have. You don't even pay into the Social Security plan, yet you have a very nice health program. Why can't I? I at least have to get along with my co-workers. It's easy to do, if I try. Thank you for time.


Troy, NY
My Newz 'n Ideas

Rosemary said...

PS. You may borrow my questions, word for word if you like, and I did grow up in NY, also! I do not live there now, but that is where my Mom is. lol. Home is where your heart is, right? lol. Have a good day.

Chris said...

Thanks, Rosemary! I'm going to include a few of those in my next email. Meanwhile, I got an automated response from Hillary, but nothing from Schumer, or from that old email I sent to my Dem. Rep. McCarthy. For the record, here's the text of Hil's response:

Thank you for your e-mail. It is very important to me to know the issues
that are of concern to you. A growing number of my constituents are now
choosing to communicate with me via e-mail. I hope you will understand
that, because of the volume and range of e-mails I receive, it can take
some time to send a response that specifically addresses the subject
raised in your message. I do, however, want to let you know immediately
that your message has been received. Hearing from you and others through
e-mail helps me to quickly learn the views and interests of New Yorkers
and others, which is very helpful to me in my work in the United States
Senate. I hope you will continue to monitor my work through my website
at, and I welcome hearing from you.


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton