A couple of weeks ago, I sent a letter to Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson expressing my opposition to the insane “Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act” now before Congress. This is the canned response that I received:
Thank you for contacting me about conservation, wildlife and the protection of our environment.
As an outdoorsman and avid fisherman, I know that our environment is our most precious natural resource. I support efforts to responsibly manage our wildlife and fish populations. Hunters, fishermen, hikers and campers are huge conservationists because they have a vested interest in our public lands. State and local officials should work closely with conservationists to manage local resources in a responsible and sustainable fashion.
We must protect our water, air, and land for future generations. Conservation efforts must be approached sensibly. We can and must grow our economy while at the same time protecting our environment. As we balance those two tasks, we must remember that our nation’s fiscal situation is dire.
In the last fiscal year alone, Washington added $1.3 trillion to our nation’s debt, which now exceeds the size of the American economy. This mountain of debt threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations. It is immoral. Its growth must stop.
Unfortunately, neither the Administration nor Democrats in the Senate have offered any serious budget proposals. President Obama’s budget for 2013 would increase our already massive federal debt by nearly $10 trillion over the next decade.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts. It is important for me to hear the views and concerns of the people I serve. Since taking office, I have received over 400,000 pieces of correspondence and have had over 200,000 participants in live forums and telephone town hall meetings. Please feel free to contact me in the future if I can further assist you or your family. It is an honor representing you and the good people of Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.
United States Senator
Wow! I contact his guy to express my opposition to a proposed bill and I get Tea Party talking points in return. Most have nothing to do with wildlife or the environment. Basically what I think he is hinting at is that we must let corporations rape the environment in a “responsible” manner because of the “economy.” What does this have to do with my concerns about the irresponsible bill that I wrote to him about that opens up more federal land to killing and turns the rest into shooting ranges?
And this guy defeated Russ Feingold? Wisconsin, what the hell were you thinking?