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Jerry McNerney is fiscally irresponsible

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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:00 pm

Our 11th District congressman, Rep. Jerry McNerney, has just voted to reach into your pocket and confiscate your money - again.

He just supported the biggest tax increase in American history by voting for a massive four trillion-dollar energy tax, disguised as the green-friendly Cap-and-Trade bill.

If you don't believe me, read what McNerney's fellow Democrats had to say:

Barack Obama said, in 2008, "under my Cap-and-Trade Program, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

John Dingell, the former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said "nobody in this country realizes that Cap-and-Trade is a tax, and it's a great big one."

Cap-and-Trade will increase your family's taxes by $3,128 dollars per year, eliminate 3,800 jobs in our 11th District, and create at least 397 new regulations and 1060 new mandates; all with the false hope of decreasing Earth's temperature by a half-degree.

I know McNerney didn't read the 1,200 page bill, because a 300 page addendum was released at 3:09 a.m. on voting day. But, if he bothered to read up on the issue of global warming with an unbiased eye, he would find that our climate is always changing, from warm periods when the dinosaurs walked the Earth to ice ages when much of the Earth was covered in glaciers. Climate has always changed due to natural cycles without any help from people, SUVs or cow flatulence.

McNerney's recent fiscally irresponsible votes on the GM bailout and $800 billion stimulus package made it clear his fiscal decisions are based on political calculations, not what's best for his constituents. Now he supports a very expensive social engineering mandate, just in time to drive our already fragile economy over a cliff.

I have had enough. I want more liberty, not less. I want free will, not some government bureaucrat telling me what car to drive, what light bulb to use and what temperature to set my thermostat.

It's time for common-sense representation that will support a balanced budget and a government that respects the pocketbooks and the freedoms of its citizens.

Victor Vandenburg


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