Mike Lahti in his ad cloaks himself a small business owner and investor and knows U.P. small business challenges firsthand. If that's the case, then why is is NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) voting record a dismal 14 percent for when 21 other representatives voted 100 percent for and 15 other representatives voted over 90 percent for? Steve Lindberg was also only 14 percent for. Sen. Mike Prusi was 20 percent for when 17 other senators voted 100 percent for and two others were over 90 percent.
Americans for Prosperity (Michigan). Mike Lahti's record is only 17 percent for, and Steve Lindberg's was only 4 percent for. Seven reps voted 100 percent for, and 17 were over 90 percent for. Mike Prusi was only 4 percent for. Twelve senators were over 90 percent.
It appears that those who go to Lansing talk the talk, but once there do not walk the walk.
Example 2: Bart Stupak's been in the House of Representatives since 1998. He talks and writes where he is unaware of the Constitution of the United States, Article 1, Section 7, which says, "All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." An oath you took to defend. We're in a similar situation now as when concern for the debts was such that the voters voted in a Republican-controlled House with Newt Gingrich and the "Contract for America."
These were the years under Clinton, when deficits went down, and you and the media give Clinton all the credit. However, when the Democrats took over the house and went on their merry spending ways it became the Bush deficit ever since.
Why is this deception allowed to go on? Democrats have almost always been the tax and spend party.
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste's 2009 Congressional ratings scored 120 House votes and 74 Senate votes. Bart Stupak's 2 percent and lifetime 7 percent. Hoekstra was 95 and 83 percent. Sen. Levin came in 4 and 19 percent. Sen. Stabenow came in 3 and 14 percent. Sen. DeMint, for comparison: 97 and 97 percent.
Does this information help you understand why Michigan's economy and unemployment is so bad?
William B. Larson