October 25, 2006

Tammy Baldwin on Earmarks

I received an email recently from Tammy Baldwin regarding my post on the excesses of congressional earmarks - using our checkbooks:
Dear Mr. Zellmer,

Thank you for contacting me regarding earmark reform. It is good to hear from you, and I apologize for the delay in my response.

Like you, I am concerned about unnecessary government spending. In recent years, government spending has increased dramatically, creating unprecedented national debt. Continued, large-scale deficit spending is unquestionably poor public policy. Many have suggested that one of the ways to cut spending is to reform the practice of "earmarks", which are appropriation amendments that fund specific projects. In the current climate of excessive spending, reforming this amendment process will not go far enough. The government is spending billions of dollars a day on the Iraq War while simultaneously lowering tax revenue by cutting taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals. This shifts the burden onto the middle and lower-income earners who are unable to support such extensive spending.

At the current rate, the United States is adding one trillion dollars to our national debt every eighteen months. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if the President's current tax and spending polices are continued over the next ten years, the yearly deficit will increase to $439 billion as soon as 2014. The national debt will skyrocket to $14.5 trillion, almost double today's level. Clearly, this course of fiscal irresponsibility cannot be sustained. I believe Congress must return to fiscal discipline, such as in the late 1990s when we turned annual federal deficits into surpluses. Rest assured that I will keep your views in mind regarding earmark reform as the debate over fiscal responsibility and the federal budget continues.

Again, thank you for sharing your views. Your opinion matters to me. If I can be of service to you in any other way, please do not hesitate to let me know. As a result of the anthrax incidents, all mail sent to Congress is first irradiated. This process causes significant delays. To ensure the fastest response, I encourage all constituents who have access to the internet to contact me through my website at http://tammybaldwin.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Tammy Baldwin
Member of Congress
I appreciate the email. Baldwin gets points (or her office) for emailing responses whereas our Senators continue to send dead tree responses to electronic inquiries. Tammy's House & Campaign websites. Her opponent in this falls race is Dave Magnum. Posted by James Zellmer at October 25, 2006 4:08 PM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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