Last week, The National Review posted an article entitled “Would You Let a Social Worker Handle Your Investment Portfolio?” attacking Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), and specifically the Battery Innovation Act that Senator Stabenow recently introduced. The Battery Innovation Act encourages businesses, local government and universities to collaborate on advanced science and engineering efforts related to battery production. It is specifically designed to boost jobs and productivity throughout Michigan, a goal that TNR should laud rather than mock.
Additionally, this attack implies that Senator Stabenow’s social work training has somehow rendered her incompetent to serve on the Senate’s finance committee. Would TNR prefer that only Members of Congress who specifically hold finance degrees make spending and investment decisions? If anything, social workers have a uniquely helpful perspective on the importance of finances, since many of our members work with economically vulnerable members of society.
The National Review could have balanced their piece by including Senator Stabenow’s strong record of cutting taxes on property, small business and manufacturing, dating back to her time in the Michigan state legislature. Such achievements are directly in line with The National Review’s own philosophy, and yet TNR chose to ignore them.
NASW supports Senator Debbie Stabenow in her wide range of legislative achievements, and wishes The National Review could have been more fair and reasonable in assessing her significant and impressive policy record.
Senator Stabenow’s record is to take MY money (involuntarily contributed to the Federal Government) and spend it in ways inappropriate for government to use. In this case, her taking tax monies to invest in a private industry (nee’ Solyndra?) is a mockery of the free market.
Please allow me to choose where I spend/invest/donate my hard-earned money. It’s not up to the State or Feds to make those choices. Individual choice in spending is what creates jobs for successful companies, not elected officials choosing for me.
I do support NASW’s defense of Senator Stabenow’s education and experience. She was elected by her state to represent them. I respect her for her position, despite frequently disagreeing with her platform.