Letter to the Editor

Citizen spends time studying stimulus plan

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dear Editor:

I wonder if I was the only person glued to their TV set watching C-SPAN during the stimulus debate. I watched hour after hour for days and a few nights until midnight or later. I have a deep respect for our lawmakers. I believe them to be generally well informed, capable, qualified men and women that for the most part really love this country. On both sides of the aisle.

As for the stimulus plan, I believe it - though too small, a little short on infrastructure spending and a little heavy on tax cuts that never work - to be a pretty good bill. And yes I've spent most of my spare time reading it for myself. After all, it received a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and remember, the American people elected these senators after hard-fought elections giving the Senate its current diversity or make-up.

But the main purpose of this letter is to inform people that might not have stayed up until midnight watching C-SPAN as I did, of an interesting amendment offered by Republican Senator Thune of South Dakota. It was as follows: that we instead of the current bill passed, give every taxpayer a $5,100 check or $10,200 check to taxpayers filing jointly. It received a sufficient second and a 15-minute vote with 37 "yes" votes and 61 "no" votes.

I'll let you determine if this was a good alternative plan; or was it offered for other reasons or did the senators think we were asleep and wouldn't notice.


Duane Corn

Seligman, Missouri