'Shameful' Sen. Brian Nieves responds
(UPDATED 3:55 p.m.) Missouri State Sen. Brian Nieves has responded to an email from a resident (of Kansas, no less) criticizing Nieves for his shameful stance on unemployment benefits.
I give credit to Nieves for responding, although not for his spelling (his email response is reprinted verbatim below) and certainly not for his continued, hard-hearted and financially irresponsible refusal to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of Missourians.
(Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Nixon weighed in on this issue, criticizing the senators. Finally.)
The full text of the email from Nieves to his questioner from Kansas:
From: Senator Brian Nieves Brian.Nieves@senate.mo.gov Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:11 AM Subject: RE: Out-of-District: Unemployment benefits
Thank you for writing. I want you to know I take all this Very Seriously and it is not easy for me to make these Very Difficult decisions.
The voice of “The People” has been crystal clear for about 2 years now and they’ve consistently said it is time for us, as a sovereign state, to begin weaning our self off the benevolent bosom of the federal government and it’s bail outs along with all the many many strings attached.
Missourians are currently eligible for about one and a half years of unemployment and I am in no way trying to take any of that away. I am simply standing in the way of us receiving additional, unbudgeted dollars that the federal government has to barrow from China to be able to send to us. I simply can not be a party to our children being spiraled further in to debt that they did not ask for nor create. Accepting money that is not budgeted and has to barrowed from China is not something I am willing to do.
I know we don’t agree on this issue and the fact that it could affect you personally probably makes it understandably difficult for you to see my point. Please remember that I have been very clear from day one that I will stand in the way of the federal government getting more and more and more involved in our affairs and my stand on these issues is totally consistent with that.
My prayer for any and all Missouri families is that one and a half years will be sufficient time to find a job and in the mean time I will do ALL I possibly can to help restore our economy and take the shackles off our small business owners so that THEY can do what they do best and that is create jobs and prosperity.
I truly do feel for families in need but I cannot be a part of expanding our dependence on the federal government at a time when the federal government literally has NO money other than what they barrow from China. We cannot give people in Missouri an expansion of government benefits that are paid for with Chinese Yen.
I’m sorry we don’t agree on this issue but please know I am working diligently to find and answer.
Brian Nieves Mo. State Senator Vice Chair, Education Vice Chair, General laws Member, Job Creation & Economic Development State Capitol, Room 433 573.751.3678