Rahm Emanuel told where to go

CHAIRMAN DARRELL E. ISSA, CALIFORNIA
RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS

COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
August 4,2009

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
White House Chief of Staff
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. Emanuel:

As you know, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) recently raised questions about the failure
of the stimulus…

Following Senator Kyl’s remarks, according to Politico, you coordinated an “assault” on
Senator Kyl and other critics of your policies by directing four cabinet secretaries to write
to Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, asking pointedly if, in light of Senator Kyl’s
remarks, Governor Brewer wished to forfeit taxpayer money directed to Arizona by the
stimulus.

These tactics have been characterized as “a fist to the nose” and a message to
“Back off.” While this type of scare tactic may work in Chicago, it will not work to
intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.

READ the entire letter to Barry Sotero’s thug from the hood:

http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/media/letters/20090804EmanuelStimulus.pdf


Comments

  1. kralmajales says

    It is absolutely reprehensible and irresponsible for Jon Kyl to have opposed the stimulus and even suggest that Arizona should not take the money. He knows full well that the reason most of the stimulus money has still not even hit the state is because it is to be doled out by the state AFTER THE BUDGET IS FINALIZED!!!!! Since it ISN’T finalized (or even close), his statement was simply irresponsible and any normal thinking Arizonan should let him know how irresponsible he is.

    To turn down important federal dollars when our state legislature can do little but consider tax descreases and cuts…is shocking. Simply shocking.

    Last, just think of this way. These are OUR federal tax dollars coming back to THIS state. Otherwise, our share of OUR money will be going, going, gone to West Virginia instead.

    Get real!!!!

  2. Tucson Vice says

    I’m not entirely sure what this post is about. Kyl says we don’t need the money. When Emanuel and others look to determine if he he really means it, he cries foul. He would prefer that we take his nonsensical rhetoric as simple cage rattling, not take him seriously and not ask questions?

  3. Veritas Vincit says

    kralmajales, are you an idiot? Or did you sleep through civics class? Here’s what I mean: (to quote you directly)

    “… These are OUR federal tax dollars coming back to THIS state.”

    You mean YOU and I paid these sums and Obama is simply returning our money to us?

    Please, don’t vote until you take an economics class. Senator Kyl did the right thing.

    Besides, can you enumerate the federal restrictions on those same stimulus funds that Arizona would have to comply with?

    I didn’t think so.

    Tucson Vice; did you read the entire letter from the link? I didn’t think so.

  4. kralmajales says

    hahahah Veritas, I minored in Econ! The fact is, and I am not stupid, that we did pay those taxes and they would be coming back to this state for important projects….IF folks like Kyl would shut the hell up and do their damned jobs. One of there jobs is to represent US not have OUR money (already paid bright fella you are) to Alaska. Sarah Palin isn’t gov anymore and so there should be no reason that you want those ALREADY appropriated stimulus dollars to go to her state now.

    Come on…stop the BS liberatarianism. You may not like the stimulus and neither does Kyl but to have it go elsewhere instead of here is just plain, as you put it, STUPID.

  5. kralmajales says

    Oh…and I generally know those restriction Veritas. Nothing comes without a string or ten. One of those important strings is to be sure that a legislature like ours didn’t simply do some thing like this:

    ex: $14 million comes from feds to shore up cuts in education. Legislature cuts education by $16 million.

    One of the most important restrictions is so that kind of shell game can’t happen.

    Another one is to be sure that it either creates jobs or saves those that might be cut.

    In the case of education, if it ever gets here from our State legislature’s fumbling and not doing its job, it will keep layoffs of teachers, professors, and staff from happening that would have happened without it. It will also stop furlough’s (read pay cuts) that will harm the economy in S. Arizona.

    Cutting govt at the level some of you want and with no stimulus would kill this economy to the point where it will never recover. I am not sure it will now. But I am absolutely certain that if those funds are not spent, there will be massive layoffs, pay cuts, and even more hemoraging.

    In short, I sure hope that you don’t own a business. Because if that had happened, you’d be on your way out.

  6. Veritas Vincit says

    kralmajales, a minor in econ eh? Then you know all about what happened in 1920 and what the government did about it and how it turned out right?

    The stimulus funds are borrowed money, not tax receivables.

    Education is a broad brush. Like the bloated corporations that leach off the public dole, “education” contains its significant share of largess in the form of “middle management” that contributes nothing to student outcomes but sucks up vast sums of resources.

    And since you know some of the strings attached to the stimulus funds, you already know that for some agencies to receive funds, they must first spend twice the amount they’ll receive in stimulus funding … but you already knew that right?

  7. Veritas FTW.

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