Sen. Heller: Man of Letters

Do you ever write to your elected officials? Do they ever write back? Sen. Dean Heller does:

Dear Dr. Green, Knowing your interest in jobs and the current state of the economy, I wanted to inform you of my continued efforts to create new employment opportunities for Nevadans.

That’s interesting—an unsolicited letter from a U.S. senator. Could he be up for election this year? And how can a government official create new employment opportunities? Government, congressional Republicans tell us, doesn’t create jobs. But that isn’t what Heller said. Read on.

For more than two years, Nevada has had the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in unemployment.

Hm. Who have Nevada’s leaders been? The first year, the governor was Jim Gibbons, whom Heller succeeded in the House. The second, the governor has been Brian Sandoval, who appointed Heller to the Senate. But it can’t be their fault.

The Administration promised that its policies would prevent the unemployment rate from rising above 8 percent. …

Oh, dear. Mitt Romney said that in Las Vegas last month. Republican politicians John Boehner (House speaker; Heller served on his policy committee) Eric Cantor (House leader; Heller was his deputy whip) and Michele Bachmann said it. So did George Will. The only problem is that it’s “mostly false,” according to PolitiFact, which Republicans will tell you has to be honest. It said the biggest lie of the past year was the Democratic claim that Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan sought to kill Medicare. Never mind that the dishonesty of PolitiFact’s claim later was proved.  And Heller was the only Republican to vote for Ryan’s budget plan twice, since he was in the House when it first came up and in the Senate when it was up for a vote there.

 I have told the President that Nevadans need a comprehensive plan that reforms the tax code, reins in federal spending, supports comprehensive energy policies and stops overregulation.

That’s odd.  President Obama has said much the same thing, many times.  Could it be that they just disagree on the particulars?

Congress must also realize the consequences of out-of-control government spending, irresponsible bailouts and wasteful stimulus policies.

Ah, bailouts, like the one of the auto industry. Opposing that sure gave Mitt Romney a huge majority in his home state.

I have strongly supported and voted for multiple proposals that would cap current spending, cut future spending, and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Interestingly, the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says current federal spending policies will reduce spending, and “total non-interest spending outside of Social Security and Medicare … will fall well below its 50-year historical average in the decade ahead.” That’s the same group that said in November that the GOP’s balanced budget amendment proposal would “throw about 15 million more people out of work, double the unemployment rate from 9 percent to approximately 18 percent, and cause the economy to shrink by about 17 percent instead of growing at an expected 2 percent.”

I hope this update is helpful, and encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that matter to you.

Oh, very, very helpful, indeed.