For those of you who did not have the pleasure of reading Sen. Hutchison's “Hey, About That Resigning From the Senate Thing I Once Mentioned….” email yesterday, I thought I'd post the text of her open letter to the people of Texas below. With a few tweaks of course to make it slightly more accurate. Enjoy.
An Open Letter to the Gullible People of Texas:
Thank you for the great privilege and responsibility of representing you in the United States Senate on Tuesdays, Fridays, & long weekends. Immediately after the conclusion of the primary election for Texas Governor, I threw in the towel, returned to Washington and resumed my obligations to Texas as its Senior Senator which I had skipped out on for months- kinda like a High School Senior in Spanish class. Recent weeks have been dramatic (omg the drama!) as I have worked tirelessly with the majority of our Texas congressional delegation (the Anglo ones) to try to stop costly and cumbersome health care legislation that I am convinced is the wrong prescription for our state and nation. (Did you see what I did there with prescription? Clever, right?) While President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi used strong arm tactics to push their legislation through, this fight is far from over. They denied Minority Leader Boehner's request for an arm wrestling contest with Pelosi even though it was clear the Democrats were committed to using only strong arm tactics- what hypocrites!
Americans will begin experiencing the true costs of this legislation in the months and years ahead. Once they experience those lower prices and improved access, it's going to be scary. Along with higher taxes (natch), I am convinced we will see higher premiums for health insurance coverage, significant cuts in Medicare (something I have to worry about pretty soon), and greater pressure on state budgets like ours in Texas especially when Rick Perry finds out I forget to send him a bunch of federal money to balance his budget, tehe. Republicans are committed to reforms that will improve health care without massive government intrusion in the private market like making sure the homosexuals cannot get sham-married to get free socialized health care. We will continue to work through the November elections and beyond to repeal and replace this legislation with true reform that will expand access while reducing costs and minimizing government intervention in health care, aka a whole lotta Tort Reform.
For family reasons, I had planned to begin making a transition home to Texas this spring or whenever. Yet, it is clear to me that the stakes in our nation’s capitol have never been higher since I lost the primary and have nothing better to do. President Obama’s victory on health care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government like Dennis Kucinich who will build SUPER-PEACETRAINS crisscrossing America. The very future of our country is at risk as we face unsustainable levels of national debt to fund Rep. Kucinich's SUPER-PEACETRAINS. The ongoing debate over health care, along with proposed cap and trade legislation that would devastate our Texas economy, promises to get even more intense in the months ahead according to my colleagues who have been working while I've been skipping out on the Senate.
Since the primary in March, I’ve heard from constituents and colleagues urging me to stay in the Senate for my full term, which ends in 2012. They argue that RNC Chairman Michael Steele's spending spree at Lesbian erotica clubs means we don't have enough money to defend my seat in the Senate if I resigned like I promised I would. I’ve worked closely with members of Congress from Texas (not that closely, no lesbian stuff), and seen firsthand how hard they are fighting to represent our state and our conservative principles. I recently received a letter from every Republican member of Congress from Texas, saying: “WTF just make a decision and stick to it for once..”
On a personal level, this has been a most difficult decision, but after much deliberation, I have decided to complete the term to which you elected me as crazy as that might seem at first glance. I will work alongside our great Texas congressional delegation to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reform, to stop cap and trade legislation and to cut the deficit the President is building that puts our economy in peril. I will continue to use my experience running for Governor to try to stop this unprecedented expansion of our federal government and its intrusion in our private lives and in the private sector.
Throughout my years of public service as well as the year I took off serving the public in the Senate in order to run for Governor, I’ve tried to do what is best for Texas. And what is happening in Washington today is not good for Texas. That's why it's time for new leadership in Washington and why today I'm announcing my resignation from the Senate.
Or something like that.
Kay Bailey Hutchison