I am writing this today as I react to the events of the past week.
My office received literally thousands of calls supporting my decision to vote against the $700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout bill. They thought this money was excessive, undemocratic and was anti free market. I agreed and that’s why I voted against the bailout- twice.
But that's not the worst of it. The bill also included, in the end, over $100 billion dollars more in pork spending. That included money for motorsports track owners, excise tax breaks for rum imported from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and money for Hollywood movie makers.
Let me say this again- $100 Billion more in Pork.
I am thoroughly disgusted. And I'm sure you are too.
As long as I am your Congressman, I will continue to fight for taxpayers over these special interests. I am sorry to say that my efforts to stop this bailout (along with members of both parties) failed this time.
I'll continue to do my best to make sure it doesn't happen again.