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May 28, 2009

Perlmutter Watch 5-28-09

Filed under: Perlmutter Watch — Sofie @ 1:12 pm
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Yesterday I received a mailing from my Congressman, Ed Perlmutter.

The cover has the following title:

CREATING JOBS AND INVESTING IN AMERICA

The recipient is then referred to “An Economic Recovery Update from Congressman Ed Perlmutter” inside, where he takes credit for “creating jobs [and] helping families” by

Housing Tax Credit – Ed voted to pass an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers.  The National Association of Realtors projected the change would stimulate an additional 200,000 home sales.

Tackling Credit Cards – Ed voted to pass the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights to protect consumers from bad practices used by many credit card companies, such as arbitrarily raising interest rates without notifying cardholders and puts a stop to excessive “over-the-limit” fees.

Middle-Class Tax Cut – As part of our recovery Ed voted to put more money into the pockets of hard working Americans through a smiple change in teh tax code.  This bill provides a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and $800 for married taxparyers filing joint returns through 2010.

Creating Jobs – Ed helped secure over $94 million for Colorado’s military construction and facility improvement projects.  These funds have created jobs and are making much-needed improvements to Colorado’s military installations, including child development centers, upgrades to building facilities and energy conservation measures.

Accountability and Transparency – Ed sponsored a bill to establish a federal accounting board, designed to keep an eye on the regulatory structure.  This board would oversee the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to the financial markets and establish safeguards to monitor accounting practices.

There is an attached survey with three questions:

1)  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has started to take effect in our community.  What else should Congress do to help the economy and our families?

__ Invest in green jobs to build a clearn energy future
__ Put Americans to work restoring transportaiton infrastructure
__ Modernize our health care system to lower costs and save lives
__ Change the way banks and other financial institutions
__ Other:  [cut taxes and spending]

2)  The economic downturn is affecting us all but often in different ways.  What do you think could help your community the most?

__ Job Training Centers
__ Increased funding to schools
__ Foreclosure assistance
__ Tax cuts for small businesses
__ Other:  [tax cuts for everyone and less government spending]

3)  Ed, I’m concerned about the following issue(s) and could use your help:  [increased government spending and its interference in the private sector]

The bold phrases in brackets are my responses.

I also want to know how much his actions–including the mailing–are costing me and how he can justify any of them under the limited powers granted to Congress in the Constitution.

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