Overspending isn’t a good thing, Congressman

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(H/T – Berry Laker)

So Congressman Kagen is trying to convince voters that he’s fiscally responsible.

Steve Kagen writes, “Being fiscally responsible must begin somewhere, so let it start with me.”

While your still on the floor laughing at that one, he’s also trying convince 8th District residents he votes in their best interest.

In his original press release, Steve Kagen claims “When voting for any legislation, I only have the best interests of my constituents in mind.”

If you believe either of those statements I’ll sell you some ocean front property in Arizona.

Kudos to this letter writer for pointing out how wrong the above Kagen claims are.

In a recent press release, 8th District Congressman Steve Kagen brags about Congress recently voting to impose Pay-As-You-Go rules on itself. Kagen also claims “I voted against every single bailout that came along.”

Congressman Steve Kagen is not telling you the full truth about his voting record.

Steve Kagen voted in favor of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout of the banks when it passed in the House (H.R. 1424, more formally known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, roll call vote number 101).

He can rightly say he did not vote for the final version of the bill (roll call vote no. 681). So I guess this is a case where he voted for it before he voted against it.

Beyond the bank bailout bill, Congressman Kagen’s voting record has been anything but conservative when it comes to spending your money for you. Here are just a few examples.

Steve Kagen voted in favor of the 1,434-page conference report of H.R. 1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the “stimulus bill” roll call vote number 70)

You might remember that one. You know, the $787 billion bill that was rushed through Congress in such an “emergency” that no one bothered to read the bill before they voted on it. This was the bill that promised to keep unemployment under 8 percent, and promised to create more than three million jobs in the private sector.

Steve Kagen voted in favor of H.R. 2346, the $177.3 billion emergency supplemental spending bill, which included $1 billion plus $2 billion more under the ‘Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) Program’ better known as “Cash For Clunkers” (roll call vote number 348)

Steve Kagen voted in favor of HR2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act, aka the Waxman-Markey cap-n-trade “clean energy” bill, that plowed through the House by a vote of 219-212 with virtually no one having read that 1,500-plus page bill. This monstrosity of a bill has hidden costs to you and me that are flat out incalculable (roll call vote number 477)

And then there’s the socialized health care bill. When Congressman Steve Kagen was asked about the bill, he replied, “I am writing the health care bill. What would you like in it?”

Steve Kagen voted in favor of the bill (H.R. 3962, roll call vote number 887). (Source: Lakeland Times)

Go read the whole thing including how Citizens against Government Waste rates the good doctor and Pelosi puppet.

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