Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Note Cards, Green Tea, and Ginkgo Biloba

Dear Senator McConnell:

The granddaughters pointed out Christmas list ideas in Rainbow Blossom yesterday. I remember thinking that would have been one of the last places I would have shopped for seven and nine-year-old girls, but how convenient that they found things to like in a place I visit often. That increases the chance of my being able to remember when I return. Yet, when the left last night and I went to add their items to the list, I was unable to remember the nine-year-old’s second item. I did remember, however, that I forgot vegetable glycerin so maybe the second item will come back to me when I go back to pick up what I forgot today.

My point: aging sucks for all of us. I understand, more than I want to admit but would be foolish to deny since I am carrying note cards with me these days. This probably explains why you have so much trouble keeping up with things like whether or not you favor earmarks, and if you do or don’t support Rand Paul’s ever-changing positions. (He, by the way, is not old enough to suffer memory loss so I’m wondering just what his problem is.)

I’ve done a little research since it is in my best interest, as well as the best interest of my grandchildren, my state, and my country, to assist you in keeping up. I hope you will consider keeping this letter with you to curb your habit of embarrassing Kentucky with record numbers of flip-flops. The pressure is really on now that we have a second senator who obviously doesn’t intend to sleep through his term or wait for talking points like his predecessor.

Top ten brain foods:
1. jasmine green tea
2. fresh fruit
3. raw nuts (not of the Tea Party variety) and seeds
4. whole wheat bread and pasta
5. beans and legumes
6. quinoa
7. chia seeds
8. greek yogurt
9. grass-fed beef
10. omega-3 fortified eggs

I would also recommend ginkgo biloba. In the past, I was fond of Amway’s Nutrilite but gave that up when I found out how much money they pour into the Republican Party. That shouldn’t be prohibitive for you so perhaps you could suggest they donate product in place of cash?

The following are your previously stated positions:

• Disparaged campaign finance reform as Beltway issue. (Oct 2007)
• Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
• Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
• Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
• Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
• Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
• Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
• Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
• Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
• Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
• Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
• Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
• Voted YES on approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
• Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
• Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
• Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)

Strongly Favor Absolute right to gun ownership
Strongly Oppose Stricter limits on political campaign funds
Strongly Oppose US out of Iraq
Oppose Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
Strongly Favor Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
Strongly Oppose Replace coal & oil with alternatives
Strongly Favor Privatize Social Security
Oppose More federal funding for health coverage
Favor Teacher-led prayer in public schools
Strongly Oppose Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
Strongly Oppose Require hiring more women & minorities
Strongly Oppose Abortion is a woman's right
Favor Death Penalty

• Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
• Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
• Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
• Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
• Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
• Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
• Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
• Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
• Rated 13% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
• Establish an FBI registry of sexual offenders. (Oct 1996)

Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. Vote on passage of H.R. 2356; Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (Shays-Meehan bill, House equivalent of McCain-Feingold bill). Vote to ban “soft money” contributions to national political parties but permit up to $10,000 in soft money contributions to state and local parties to help with voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. The bill would stop issue ads from targeting specific candidates within 30 days of the primary or 60 days of the general election. Additionally, the bill would raise the individual contribution limit from $1,000 to $2,000 per election for House and Senate candidates, both of which would be indexed for inflation. Reference: Bill HR.2356 ; vote number 2002-54 on Mar 20, 2002

Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. Vote to ban soft money donations to political parties and forbid corporate general funds and union general funds from being spent on issue ads. The bill would increase the individual contribution limit to candidates from $1,000 to $2,000. Reference: Bill S.27 ; vote number 2001-64 on Apr 2, 2001

Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. Support of the campaign finance bill proposed by Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Feingold (D-WI). Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)53; N)47 Reference: Campaign Finance Reform Bill; Bill S. 25 ; vote number 1997-267 on Oct 7, 1997 I think this is when you embarrassed us with that static cling comment which I will never let you forget.

Your claim to fame: CREWS has named you the most corrupt member in congress 2007, 2008, and 2009

You can be reached at the following: (Don’t be embarrassed, I have to look up my own cell phone number every time someone asks for it.)

DC Office:
361A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1702

District Office- Bowling Green:
Federal Building
241 East Main Street, Room 102
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-781-1673
Fax: 270-782-1884

District Office- Fort Wright:
1885 Dixie Highway, Suite 345
Fort Wright, KY 41011
Phone: 859-578-0188
Fax: 859-578-0488

District Office- Lexington:
771 Corporate Drive, Suite 108
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-224-8286
Fax: 859-224-9673

District Office- London:
300 South Main Street, Suite 310
London, KY 40741
Phone: 606-864-2026
Fax: 606-864-2035

District Office- Louisville:
601 West Broadway, Suite 630
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-582-6304
Fax: 502-582-5326

I sincerely hope this helps! For your sake and ours.


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