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Dear Friends,
There is no doubt we are in the middle of a very serious economic situation. Over the past week and a half, I have attended briefings daily and heard from hundreds of constituents. I have met with both Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and listened carefully to the plan they have come up with.

First, I am convinced that the Congress must act quickly and decisively in order to avert further disaster and stabilize the situation. However, I have very serious concerns about the plan for recovery that has been outlined, and I will tell you why.

1. Our first responsibility is to the taxpayer, not Wall Street. There are alternatives being offered that would allow Wall Street to work out their problems rather than taxpayers bailing out Wall Street. Those are the solutions we should be seeking.

2. Lack of oversight is one of the reasons we are in the crisis we are facing today. The plan as proposed does not have that oversight. Too much power is left in the hands of one person. We should immediately impose transparency, oversight and market reform.

3. There is too much opportunity for those who got us into this problem-Wall Street executives-to benefit, not pay for their mistakes.

4. Too much private capital is sitting on the sidelines during this crisis. We should give tax relief that can help companies free up capital. We should temporarily suspend dividend payments by financial institutions and cut capital gains to encourage the market.

This problem cannot be corrected by passing a bill by the Congress. I believe the changes I have outlined will immediately help stabilize the situation, but the creation of a blue ribbon panel with representatives from Treasury, SEC and the Federal Reserve Board should be immediately named to bring recommendations for the new administration and Congress so that we will have the changes necessary to continue improving our economy throughout the coming year.

Lastly, economic recovery should include a real energy policy that allows drilling for American independency, conservation, and investment in alternative forms of energy such as wind, nuclear and solar energy. Energy independence and job creation is the best stimulus our economy could have.

This is not a time for Congress to pack its bags and go home. It is our responsibility to consider every option and act responsibly and decisively, regardless of elections, appointments, and, certainly, in the best interests of the nation and the people we represent.


Kay Granger

although it is a canned response to my communication, thought some of you might like to view it...........
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