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Old August 11th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Honorable Senators and Congressman,

Let me introduce myself. My name is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I live at XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX. I am a retired Air Force veteran that served 26 years from 1965-1991. I am also retired from the Post Office since 2012. I never voted in a national/local election until the last presidential election in Nov. 2012. I always felt the country was being run in a some what sensible manner, but did not want to see President Obama reelected. Unfortunately he was.

I now have some concerns that I will address in this letter. I have to apologizes as this will probably be a fairly long letter, and thank you for taking the time to read it.

First off I would like to address the AHC act, commonly refereed to as Obama Care. This act has been repealed or modified in congress at least 40 times and each time the Senate kills it. Ladies and Gentlemen, This act is a "train wreck" that needs to be repealed. When Senator Pelosi said we needed to pass it to see what was in it, that should have been a big RED flag that it was not good. It is hurting many working class people by the fact that their employers are decreasing their work hours, think loss of pay, to get under the mandate of having to provide insurance. California has even enacted a law making it illegal for employers to do this. If the AHC act is such a great thing why would California have to do this. As of right now, 26 states have refused to set up the insurance programs and will rely on the government to do it.

I am retired and although my income is enough I can not afford increased insurance costs, and I am afraid my insurance cost will go up under this program or I may lose it if my insurance company decides not to participate.

I am all for party loyalty, but there comes a time when loyalty has to be put aside for the good of the country. This program will cost the tax payers an enormous amount of money, money that we can not afford.

Speaking of money we can't afford to spend, is it not about time that everyone in the Congress and the Senate stop putting their pork barrel spending amendments into the yearly budgets. I understand the need for everyone to support their home states, but our national debt can not continue to climb at the rate it is. We do not need to build roads and bridges to no where, fund inane research grants for millions of dollars to see how lobsters mate or what ever the latest flavor of research is. Lets keep request for money limited to sensible things. Common sense should prevail.

Next subject and one that I feel very strongly about. The Benghazi affair. Here it is almost a year later, and no one has been held responsible for anything. I am not concerned with capturing those that participated in the raid, but finding out who was responsible for not giving our 4 dead Americans the support/help they needed. In my opinion, both President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for not doing their jobs. The President once said that the buck stops with him, then lets hold him responsible.

The biggest slap in the face to the American people that I have ever seen, and no one in the Congress or Senate seem to care, was when Ms.Clinton testified before Congress and made the famous statement " there are 4 dead Americans, what does it matter" (or something to that effect). I would have to think that that statement made the United States the laughing stock of the world. I will tell you what matters Ms. Clinton, you failed in your job and should be tried in a court of law for manslaughter at the very least, along with President Obama. The 4 dead Americans and their families deserve justice and closure.

Next, the NSA scandal. Although a lot of people are up in arms about this I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, my question is, are they violating the constitution? If they are then people have a right to be upset. I personally do not care. You can monitor all my phone calls, e-mails and anything else you want to. I have nothing to hide. If it will and can prevent any terrorist acts then I say go for it.

Next, the IRS scandal. Here again, it has been some time and no one has been held responsible, and the latest news is that it is still going on. Even though what happened should not have, I feel that it did not have any effect on the out come of the last election, so in the big picture it is a minor inconvenience to a lot of people. That being said, action still needs to be taken on those responsible. Lois Lerner needs to be made to testify one way or another, either under immunity or with threat of jail for contempt of Congress. She also needs to be fired instead of being put on admin leave and still collecting a pay check. It is also an obscene injustice for some one to get promoted while involved in this, but I guess that makes the old adage true, screw up move up.

Moving on. Immigration. Is there a problem? Yes. The way I see it, all the illegal immigrants put a big drain on our economy by not paying taxes and social security. There are a lot of them that are getting benefits of some sort tied to social programs and they are not paying into the system to support it. Are illegal immigrants needed? I believe they are, but not illegally. A lot of the jobs they do Americans do not want to do so there is a need for them. Instead of having them jump the fence or walk across the river, let them cross at a border point and give them a work permit. Lets start holding the people that hire the illegals responsible. I believe there are laws on the books against hiring illegals, lets start enforcing them more.

For now, one last thing. I have been seeing a story in the news lately about an interpreter in Afghanistan that fought along side his American adviser, helping to save American soldiers and even killing the enemy. During one conflict, if I am not mistaken, the adviser earned a decoration for his actions and the interpreter was right there by his side the whole time. This man and his family are living in fear for their lives and have to constantly move and can't use their true names. They have applied for immigrant visas and are still waiting 3 years later. Battlefield Generals have recommend them to be granted the visas and from the news President Obama has set aside a few thousand visas for this purpose. Can one of you please get this man and his family the visas needed to come here. Someone in the state department is holding things up. If you want to know his name I will get it for you, or one of your staff can watch Fox News and find it out there.

Thank you for taking your time to read this. Again, sorry it was so long.

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Makes me want to send one of my own! Good job
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Thanks. I hope a lot of people send a letter to them. Our Gov. is getting out of control with the lack of action on the scandals and over spending.
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Fantastic! Please post the (canned) replies...
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Thanks. I hope a lot of people send a letter to them. Our Gov. is getting out of control with the lack of action on the scandals and over spending.
Agreed. The zero action/accountability theme is getting old. The circus tent has grown too large, for sure
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I will post the replies if I get any.
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I will post the replies if I get any.
I wouldn't hold my breath. You will most likely receive some generic response letter if anything.
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Old August 11th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #8
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I will post the replies if I get any.
You will get a reply, I have a nice collection of them. They all sound like

"Thank you for your concern about _____________. I can assure you that my office takes ____________ very seriously, and is working diligently on your behalf."
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Here is my reply to Stabenow on one of her replies to me. I had wrote about medical care for active duty and VA care.

Honorable Senator Stabenow,

So what you are telling me, is that unless someone else puts some legislation before you that you will not do anything?
Are you a Chief or a brave, a leader or a follower?

As a military retiree with 26 years of service, I knew the medical care in the military/VA system was not meeting the needs of our active duty/retired personnel when I was refused care at the base clinic on Tinker AFB, OK. several years ago. I was refused care because I was not enrolled in Tricare Prime and only had Tricare standard. What has happened to the 24/7 emergency rooms on military bases.

It is hard for me to fathom that the current system of medical care is saving money. When we have to pay civilian doctors/hospitals to care for our active duty personnel instead of having military doctors do it, seems like it would be more expensive, even with the benefits of retirement and all other entitlements thrown in. That is unless you count the times that Tricare refuses to pay for an emergency room visit because they deem it not an emergency and the member has to pay for it.

Any way, thank you for your response, lip service is always welcome.

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From: Senator Debbie Stabenow <senator@stabenow.senate.gov>
To: airforce26yrs@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: I can't Believe It

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow - Michigan
Dear Michael,
Thank you for contacting me about the dedicated men and women of our nation's military. I appreciate that you have taken the time to communicate your views and concerns with me.

I share your concern about making sure our troops have the best medical care possible. Should related legislation come before the U.S. Senate for a vote, I will keep your views in mind, and share your thoughts on this issue with my colleagues who serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Debbie Stabenow
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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate • Washington, DC 20510
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Any way, thank you for your response, lip service is always welcome.
Ha. Lip Service , maybe..... after many, many
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So you're in your mid 60' and only bothered to vote for the first time last year?
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That's what the man said Richard!
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So you're in your mid 60' and only bothered to vote for the first time last year?
Yes, served 26 years in the military, worked for the Post Office but never voted until last year. Like I said I felt the country was being run some what sensibly, so did not feel the need to vote, until last year.
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Yes, served 26 years in the military, worked for the Post Office but never voted until last year. Like I said I felt the country was being run some what sensibly, so did not feel the need to vote, until last year.
While I see where you're coming from I cannot understand why you wouldn't eexecise your rights, even if things are/were ok....
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Never thought I needed to. Hard to explain. My one vote would not have changed the out come of any election.
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Never thought I needed to. Hard to explain. My one vote would not have changed the out come of any election.
I hate that response. Just imagine where we would be if Washington and Jefferson figured their voices wouldn't count. But to each their own I guess. At least you're getting involved now! Better late than never right?
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You might hate the reason, but it is still a fact that my one vote would not have changed the out come of any election that I would have voted in.
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You might hate the reason, but it is still a fact that my one vote would not have changed the out come of any election that I would have voted in.
The problem is, hundreds of thousands of people in this country share your sentiment. "All is good, I'm doing well, no need to bother" is the general attitude for the last 30 years. This is how presidents get elected with a minority of adults over 18 voting for them.

Glad to see you have realized this, hope more people do.
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Good that someone sent a reasonably written letter; it will fall on deaf ears though.
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I hate that response. Just imagine where we would be if Washington and Jefferson figured their voices wouldn't count. But to each their own I guess. At least you're getting involved now! Better late than never right?
X2 "never felt the need too" that's no excuse. When I joined the marines and was overseas within 6 months of joining I still absentee voted. Not voting kind of takes away from your whole complaint if you ask me.
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