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Disclaimer: The author of this site maintained the campaign weblog of John Kline's opponent in the 2006 election, which made Congressman Kline a bit testy.

As with all blogs, review the facts carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Kline's Corner: Touts Peace Corps, Pension Reform. Throws Boehner Overboard?

Having thoroughly dissected the scary Terrorists in America!! feature of John Kline's spiffy new congressional web site, I have now turned my attention to Kline's Corner, an archive of quasi-weekly email updates Kline sends to favored constituents. I say "favored constituents" because since signing up sometime last October, I received exactly one of the newsletters, on February 3, and have received none of them since, despite the fact that I sign up rather frequently.

Anyway, on February 13, Kline's Corner was devoted to legislation Kline authored and championed which, in Kline's words, "removes the Peace Corps as a military recruitment option and will re-establish the distinction between Peace Corps volunteers and our military service members".

On this point, I agree with Kline, and I believe he did the right thing. For the safety of those who donate a year or two of their lives for the sake of helping others in underdeveloped nations, it is important to draw a bright, indelible line between them and members of the U.S. armed forces. This is especially true now, when America has lost the trust, faith and good will of a great many countries in the world as a consequence of Bush's bumbling arrogance.

So, score one for Kline.

On March 10, however, Kline devotes the bulk of his missive to extolling the virtues of the pension reform bill. Given that the government's pension agency has concluded that both the House and Senate versions of the bill will make America's pension problems worse, Kline is either ill-informed or intentionally misleading constituents by promoting the bill as a solution to the pensions crisis.

The only other comment I have for the moment is that the letter Kline sent out on February 3 appears to have been removed from his site. As it happens, this is the only issue of Kline's Corner I received via email, so I can report that the focus of that letter was to loudly trumpet incoming House majority leader John Boehner as "a breath of fresh air to a body in need of reform" (emphasis in original).

I wonder whether this letter has vanished simply because Kline's site is set up to remove back issues of Kline's Corner after three months or so (in which case there's not much point in the "browse by" feature they've implemented), or if Kline is understandably trying to distance himself from his overblown support of the notoriously lobbyist-friendly Boehner?

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