Letter: Here we go again

By on July 23, 2009

On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed HR-2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (also known as the Waxman-Markey Energy Bill, or the Cap and Trade Bill, or the Global Warming Bill, or whatever you wish to call it).

This bill will dramatically raise taxes on oil, gasoline and electricity. It will also prevent us from selling our homes unless we comply with Federal Energy standards on appliances and windows to ensure that our old homes are energy efficient.

As a small business owner, the extra taxes this bill will bring at a time when we are hurting could be devastating to my business.

This was yet another 1,200-page bill that no one had time to read. It passed by only seven votes. Eight of those votes were cast by Republicans. Only one Republican was from Illinois—Mark Kirk.

Mark Kirk is from the US 10th Congressional District in Lake County. Though he is not my congressman, he has recently started to ask me via e-mail for campaign contributors. That is very odd. I suspect he is planning a run for the Senate in 2010.

In Illinois, we have a history of trying to choose between two candidates from two political parties who think the same on most issues. I for one am very tired of this. I would like a discernable choice for the U.S. Senate in November 2010. How about you?

Dick Hourigan
Rochelle, Ill.