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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

JUST GOT A LETTER FROM MY SENATOR: HILLARY...

The emailed letter is exactly 1810 words. Not one of them is Iraq. Not one of them is terror. Not one of them is jihad or Muslim.

She opened by writing: "As the Congress prepares to return to Washington following the August recess, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the issues that have been, or will be, before the United States Congress."
She closed by writing: "It is an enormous honor and privilege to represent the State of New York. As the 109th Congress moves forward, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to New York's families, and I am committed to working with New Yorkers from every part of the state to make New York more secure, more prosperous and more filled with opportunity for everyone."

I guess that the issues which might make us New Yorkers (us folks who live in the home state of the worst 9/11 attack, the WTC - a spot, now christened GROUND A ZERO, which is a scant 1.5 miles from my home!) more secure and prosperous have NOTHING to do with the war on terror, or Iraq or the Middle East or Afghanistan or anywhere else we're confronting evil regimes with the potential to reek GLOBAL harm: including Iran and North Korea.

Her parochial-ness and her glaringly deep denial of the gravity of WW4 are astounding when one considers she wants to be president. IOW: this letter makes her seem very VERY UN-presidential. Thank God. Then again, she IS only running for re-election to the Senate... FOR NOW!

UPDATE: WELCOME Polipundit/Lorie Byrd readers, and MICHELLE MALKIN readers and MODERATE VOICE readers! Be sure to check them out, and ALL their commenters!

[ASIDE: contrary to what you may have read EARLIER at THE MODERATE VOICE (he has since corrected it - thanks Joe!), I am a registered Democrat - and have been since 1974. I supported Clinton in 1991 because he was running as a centrist and a moderate and to the right of GHW Bush on China. Clinton saved the Democrat Party - for a time, but then really governed as a liberal (who ignored the jihadoterrorist threat). Now, the Democrat Party has once again been taken over by the Left - as it was in 1972. May I remind you that 1972 was the HEIGHT of the anti-war movement (which I particiated in) and that EVEN THEN the Left took the party to one electoral defeat after another. The Left will have the same effect on the party now: marginializing it even further. And make o mistake about it: the Left runs the party. Not a single national Democrat criticized Durbin for his outgraeous comments on the floor of the Senate. Pelosi and Durbin appeared with Belafonte when he made his most recent outrageous charges, and they said not a word, WHY?! Because they are Leftists or cowed by Leftists. And that's why Zell Miller is right when he says that the Democrat Party is a national party, no more.

30 comments:

Pastorius said...

Isn't it true that most Manhattanites don't believe we are fighting WWIV?

Anonymous said...

Iraq did have nothing to do with 9/11, despite the rather desperate attempts by the rabid right to continually associate the two.

While "Muslims" might be a concern of yours, one would hope that most New Yorkers and their elected officials have the ability to rise above making those kind of sad and xenophobic generalizations.

And while some may ache for "Presidential" declarations like "WW4" (!?!?!?), thank goodness elections tend to marginalize the insane and hysterical.

Anonymous said...

How about posting the letter? and as for you, McCoy, just because we haven't declared it, doesn't mean you're not fighting it. Death to the Jihadists. Death to those that defend them!

Reliapundit said...

MCCOY: er um... who has been marginalized by elections, lately: the left or the right. er... um, THE LEFT!

ALSO: even IF he had no WMD STOCKPILES, Saddam was in violation of the UNSCR's which is a casus belli. ALSO: he PROUDLKY AND PUBLICY sent money/rewards to support INTERNATIONAL terrorists and let them use his territory and gave them safe haven. This also made him a legal and important strategic target. THEREFORE, the Iraq War is PART OF thre GWOT. Even if he was not DIRECTLY involved in 9/11.

here's the COMPLETE letter:

As the Congress prepares to return to Washington following the
August recess, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the
issues that have been, or will be, before the United States
Congress. As I travel throughout the State, I am privileged to meet
with many of you and discuss the issues and concerns that you
share with so many other New Yorkers. I am looking forward to
returning to Washington and continuing to advocate for the
interests of all New Yorkers, and to working to help our great state
move forward with strength and enhanced opportunity for all.

Economic Development

New Yorkers from every part of the state continue to be concerned
about the state of our economy. Working with my colleagues in
Washington, I am committed to fight for an economic policy that
will create new jobs and help workers who have been downsized.
I am also working hard in New York to build partnerships and
create programs that promote economic growth right here at home.

One of my priorities continues to be supporting the local small
businesses and entrepreneurs who are the driving engines of New
York's economic growth. I firmly believe that our state has the
infrastructure, the labor force and the economic and intellectual
capital to compete and win in the 21st century global marketplace.
I am proud to promote a number of programs that support these
businesses throughout New York State.

Through the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, nearly 40
companies in six upstate counties have worked with local
Chambers of Commerce and universities to combine internet
marketing skills with good business planning and practices so that individual companies are able to demonstrate to the world, through
eBay, the quality workmanship and products that are made in
upstate New York. The results have been nothing short of
remarkable. Businesses in upstate New York, often with only one
or two employees, are now selling their wares around the world;
they are hiring more employees; and they are helping to drive the
economy in their local communities. As the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative continues to grow and thrive, a similar cooperative is planned for the Finger Lakes region.

I am very excited about the success of the "Farm to Fork"
program, which I have been developing for the last several years. The idea is simple but powerful: New York City has some of the
finest restaurants in the world, and New York State's farmers and
vintners are producing some of the finest foods and wines in the
world. To bring the two together, and create a better link between
what New York grows and what our restaurants serve, I have been
working with New York State growers, processors, wholesalers,
and others to expand markets for New York agricultural products,
particularly in downstate regions. While the primary goal of this initiative is to continuously increase the demand for our state's agricultural products, this program also benefits consumers
throughout New York, by providing them with the high-quality,
specialty produce.

Another initiative that's having an important impact on our state's
economy is the Central New York Match project. This ambitious
project brings together the significant medical expertise and
resources of the central New York region to increase economic
growth, and to build a path to innovation and discovery in the field of life-saving medical technology. New York has all the
ingredients necessary to compete in the life sciences industry: we rank third in the nation in the number of students earning science
and engineering degrees, and if upstate New York was a separate
state, it would rank eighth nationally in medical equipment and supply employment. Central New York Match works to create
new jobs by combining the research breakthroughs in New York's
university labs with companies that can bring these new drugs and
treatments to market. By capturing the potential of new medical breakthroughs, Central New York Match is helping to improve our lives and strengthen our economy.

Veterans and Military Health Care

I believe that there is no better way to honor our veterans for their service and courage than to ensure that they receive quality health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. I was honored to be named the "Unsung Hero of the 108th Congress" by the
American Legion for helping lead the way in securing a record
increase in funding for veteran's health care for fiscal year 2004. I voted to dramatically increase the amount of funding budgeted for
veterans' health care for fiscal year 2006 and will continue to work to maintain, enhance, and guarantee an adequate level of health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs - fighting to keep New York VA hospitals open, to provide more funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help guarantee VA health care funding.

Last year, I was proud to lead the charge, along with Senator
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, to greatly expand access to
military health care benefits to members of the National Guard and
Reserve and their families. This expanded eligibility to the
"TRICARE" system went into effect in April 2005. Senator
Graham and I are looking to build on this important first step by
extending TRICARE eligibility to all members of the National
Guard and Reserve, regardless of their activation status. We have
introduced legislation known as the National Guard and Reserves
Reform Act for the 21st Century. And last month, the Senate
unanimously approved our plan to expand access to every Guardsman and Reservist and their families.

Senator James Talent of Missouri and I have set out a comprehensive approach to tracking the health of our soldiers before and after an overseas deployment so that we have adequate information if medical problems develop. The Medical Readiness and Tracking Act of 2004 is designed to address two issues that are critically important to our men and women in uniform. First, it develops better policies and information in order to track the health of soldiers before and after a deployment overseas. Second, it takes steps to improve the medical and dental readiness of our
National Guard members and Reservists. A version of the Clinton-Talent legislation was included in the Fiscal Year 2005 Department of Defense authorization bill that was signed into law by President Bush.

In the 108th Congress, I introduced the Korean War Veterans
Recognition Act to honor our nation's Korean War veterans. The
legislation would include National Korean War Veterans Armistice
Day among the days when Americans should make a special effort
to display the American flag. I plan to reintroduce this important
bill in the 109th Congress.

I am also a proud co-sponsor of the Retired Pay Restoration Act of
the 2005. This bipartisan bill would provide fair retirement
benefits to America's disabled veterans by helping to fix a more-
than-a century-old law that prevents disabled veterans from
receiving both retirement pay and disability pay at the same time.
Building on hard-won improvements to the original law that have
been enacted in recent years, the Retired Pay Restoration Act of
2005 would immediately end the prohibition on concurrent receipt
for additional disabled veterans. I will continue to work hard with
my colleagues to implement full concurrent receipt, because that is what our veterans have earned.

Addressing the Crisis In Health Care

We face an expanding crisis in health care. The population of
uninsured Americans continues to grow, and even for people who
have insurance, the cost of insurance keeps going up, cutting into the ability of many families to provide some of life's other
necessities. We continue to suffer the consequences of a system that leaves too many of our fellow human beings alone and without help when they are sick. We are spending more money on health care than any other country in the world, and yet we are not getting the return on our investment that we deserve.

One of the great opportunities we have to improve our health care
system and to make it more cost effective is to bring our health
care infrastructure into the 21st century. We have access to the
most advanced medical tools, and yet patient safety is
compromised every day due to medical errors, duplication and
other inefficiencies that result from an outdated information
system. Doctors who use the latest cutting-edge technology to
perform surgery and treat diseases are forced to keep complicated
records using a system that is little better than paper and pencil. Improving our Health Information Technology ("Health IT") is essential to improving the quality and cost of health care in
America.

Moving from a paper-based health care system to secure electronic
medical records will reduce mistakes and save lives, time and
money. That is why I have joined with a bipartisan group of
Senators to introduce The Wired for Health Care Quality Act of
2005. This legislation promotes use of electronic health records
and establishes standards for the creation of an interoperable health information technology system.

Improving Health IT is an important first step in improving our health care system, and I look forward to working to get this bill passed and to putting our health care system onto the road to recovery.

Transportation Improvements

On August 10, the major transportation bill passed by the Congress was signed into law. It was an honor to represent New York's
interests in this bill, as both a member of the Senate's Environment
and Public Works Committee, and as a conferee helping to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate versions of
the Act.

I am so proud of the enormous amount of good news this law holds
for New York: more than $16.5 billion for New York's
transportation needs, $10.07 billion in highway funds and $6.5
billion for transit systems. This represents a 19 percent increase in highway funding and a 30 percent increase in public transit
funding compared to the last transportation bill.

These investments in New York will benefit every corner of our
state. They will ensure that New Yorkers can travel quickly and
safely, and they will create thousands of quality jobs. I am very excited that as New York grows, it will have the benefit of an improved transportation infrastructure built by New Yorkers.

It is an enormous honor and privilege to represent the State of New
York. As the 109th Congress moves forward, I will continue to
focus on the issues that matter to New York's families, and I am
committed to working with New Yorkers from every part of the
state to make New York more secure, more prosperous and more
filled with opportunity for everyone.

Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

CaptiousNut said...

Hillary is keeping quiet so that the left can dream at night.

http://marginalizingmorons.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_marginalizingmorons_archive.html

flaime said...

WWIV? Where was WWIII? And where is the war we are fighting now? We are fighting a world wide police action...wars are between nations. I wish everyone would quit trying to redifine the friggin' word.

Anonymous said...

No Democrat refers to his own party as the "Democrat Party". That was a grammatically incorrect invention by Joe McCarthy in the early 1950s to tar and smear a party that, when described a certain way, rhymed with the word "rat". It is as offensive as using the word "Jew" as an adjective to describe a "Jewish" person. You can be the most conservative Democrat under the sun. A Zell Miller Democrat. But please refer to the party's name properly. It is the Democratic Party, not the Democrat Party.

Reliapundit said...

to flaime:

ww3 was the cold war.

to anonymous who wants the oarty called "democratic:"

are congressmen call democratics or democrats? do you say "joe biden, is a democratic" - as you would say "bush is a republican."

i think not.

republican;s are members of the republican partgy.
democrats are mebers of the democrat party.

i have been a DEMOCRAT since 1974.
i have never said - nor wouild i ever say "I have been a democratic since 1974." it sounds stupid to me.

as you do. buh-BYEE!

Anonymous said...

I suppose you never learned grammar. A Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party. Democrat is a noun. Democratic is an adjective that modifies the noun "party". It is just as stupid to call someone a "Democratic", which is not a noun, as it is to call the party, the "Democrat Party".

Reliapundit said...

if i is so dum why izzit i got an m.a. in 1999> maybe ui just wanna piss off lefties like you?

just by using democrat party.

it works.

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