Dan Weber, president of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, which bills itself as “the conservative alternative to AARP”, has sent a letter to the five Governors of the gulf states offering a solution to the oil disaster.
As the president of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing on behalf of our 100,000 plus members to thank you for your efforts in responding to the Gulf oil disaster but also to express our deep concern about a problem you have seen from the start and one that has made your own job more difficult — a British Petroleum and administration response that can only be classified as faltering, confused and uncoordinated. From the beginning and despite your own efforts both the cleanup and the compensation program have been terribly mishandled.
While the effects of this disaster are well- known and touch all Americans it represents special hardship for citizens over 50, especially the retired or elderly. For them, as I am sure you know from your own interchanges with these citizens, the negative social and economic effects can be particularly telling and worrisome. Since these citizens are our organization’s special concern we write to you now on their behalf to put forward a suggestion that will be of immediate assistance to them as well as to all those affected by this disaster.
Since the unusual nature of this crisis calls for imaginative and innovative measures we strongly urge you and the other regional Governors affected to act in concert to appoint a special Disaster Control Manager to take control and coordinate the recovery work.
A manager with proven ability is needed to take charge and we strongly recommend that you ask Gov. Mitt Romney to fill this position.
Let me add here that AMAC is a nonpartisan organization and we have not contacted Mr. Romney, or coordinated this request with any of his staff. Our only purpose in this letter is to have a competent individual be put in a position of responsibility.
We urge your careful consideration of our request. Please feel free to contact me at any time if our organization can be of assistance.
Daniel Weber, President