Letter: 14th District cannot afford Bill Foster

By on August 19, 2010

Does Rep. Bill Foster think we should believe his flurry of government paid advertisements (three in the last two weeks) touting his fiscal responsibility?

He has voted with Nancy Pelosi 93 percent of the time. Foster not only threw our tax dollars at big banks and auto companies, but paid for iPods for people as part of a study he supported in his position on the Budget and Oversight Committee.

His vote for the failed $800 billion stimulus resulted in over $70,000 to study how monkeys react on cocaine, and nearly $1 million to study exotic ants. And let’s not even get started on the health care bill, which is looking worse and worse with each passing day.

With unemployment well above the promised 8 percent ceiling if the stimulus passed (it’s currently 10.4 percent in Illinois), the 14th District cannot afford Bill Foster to use our tax dollars with callous disregard.

Rep. Foster and the Democratic leaders in Washington have done nothing to produce jobs in our country, and there are even calls for a second stimulus by high-ranking members of Congress. With that type of recklessness occurring, Bill Foster is clearly part of the problem and not the solution.

The people of the 14th District need to vote for Randy Hultgren to go to Washington and put an end to the piles of debt already left in the wake of these last two years.

Brian J. Russell


  1. RM

    August 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    How is the health care bill looking worse and worse with each passing day? Given the economy, the number of people out of work and uninsured – the ability to be able to have health coverage is looking at least hopeful. The government can’t do much to relieve unemployment so it’s foolish to blame Foster unless you want expanded government so you can provide government jobs. Go ahead and vote for Hultgren. Illinois is $13 billion dollars in the hole. What has Hultgren done to fix it? Occupying space, collecting a check and saying NO isn’t fixing anything but I guess he could do that as well in DC as he has in Springfield. The piles of debt are the result of trying to salvage a failing economy – not a spending spree. We’re still fighting an unfunded war thanks to George Bush. The current debt is a small price to pay for avoiding the worst unimagineable Depression this country has yet to see.

  2. RM

    August 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    If you dig a little deeper, Brian, you’ll find billions of dollars of wasteful spending over many decades. It’s not just a Democrat phenomenon. Bush, Cheney, Delay and Hastert wasted more than their share without any input from Democrats. Illinois is one of the most mismanaged states in the country. How is the unemployment rate in Illinois Foster’s fault? Isn’t that more a function of the poorly run state government which Hultgren is a part of? The reason we have such horrible government is because people send their local failures to state government and their state failures to Washington. It’s time to wake up and stop the cycle.

  3. elburn skeptic

    August 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    STOP THE CYCLE !! That’s correct , stop voting for tax and spend liberals and corrupt chicago democrats. Then you can blame Bush.

  4. RM

    August 23, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    It’s incredibly naive to think this is only a liberal issue. Hastert and Delay proved they could spend with the best of them. The only difference was where the money went (their rich friends) and that there was no funding for what was spent. In order to spend, you must tax. Republicans spend and leave IOUs. Democrats at least understand the concept of tax and spend. You have to look at individuals on their own merit – not party affiliation. That is the real deficiency with voters today. We shouldn’t be voting for corrupt politicians of any party.