Letter: Rep. Bustos reminds me of Phil Hare


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Posted Online: June 11, 2013, 11:00 pm
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I have been waiting to see how Rep. Cheri Bustos develops as a congresswoman before writing. I think I have seen enough. Cheri, you remind me of Phil Hare.

You ran for office as a practical person who knows how to live within a budget. So far, you have not supported any efforts to reduce the trillion dollar-plus federal deficit. You seem unable to find any federal spending which could be cut back. If this is how you manage the family finances, I would hate to see your credit card bills.

You ran on a ticket that accused your predecessor of shipping jobs out of the country. You provided no examples, not one specific about how he was doing that. Your recommendations at that time suggested punishing companies with overseas employees. Raising costs on companies like John Deere would not bring jobs home. Making Deere and Cat less competitive would cut schedules and cost American jobs, not create them.

I receive your newsletter. In truth, there isn't much in it. Again, your predecessor used to keep me informed. I didn't agree with all of his votes but I liked most of them. I have to dig to find out what you have been doing. I did find out that less than five months after taking office you found time to go to Oregon for campaign fundraising and that you have done the same in Chicago. Do we really need Oregon liberals donating to Illinois campaigns?

How about less campaign fundraising and more real work?

William S. Bloom,
Moline

















 




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