McKinley wasting taxpayers' money
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Our representatives in Congress should be good stewards of our tax dollars. Our elected officials should work to ensure that government spending benefits the public interest. Since taking office in 2011, Congressman David McKinley has proven that he believes in extravagant spending of our tax dollars if it serves his own best interests, not those of the people of West Virginia.
In 2011, McKinley was the fourth-highest spender in the U.S. House of Representatives on franked mailings, or unsolicited mass mailings sent to constituents on the taxpayers' dime. These are not ordinary letters to constituents, with a few paragraphs about an issue of concern. These are glossy, full-color mailings, often several pages long and filled with pictures of the congressman. In my opinion, they are pieces of campaign literature meant to ensure re-election.
While running for Congress in 2010, McKinley criticized out-of-control government spending. His campaign website in 2010 read "David McKinley believes that it's wrong to abuse taxpayer money by funding campaign-style 'constituent' mailings and phone calls during election years." He even promised to sponsor legislation placing strict restrictions on constituent communications. Now we've learned these remarks were empty promises. The most recent report of House disbursement records available shows that as of March 31, McKinley had spent $312,000 on mass mailings.
McKinley has made clear he isn't concerned about wasteful spending by members of Congress. He even voted against cutting the budget for spending on constituent mass mailings by 10 percent when the House debated the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act for 2013. Since taking office, he's voted to cut spending on valuable programs that benefit West Virginians, including Head Start, free and reduced-lunch for schoolchildren, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. But he refused to cut spending on franked mass mailings that his constituents did not request.
After running against wasteful spending, McKinley's spending on campaign-style propaganda is evidence of hypocrisy. I won't be voting for him this Nov. 6.
Gary L. White
Poor economy belongs to Obama
No one person is to blame, Republican or Democrat. Every new incoming administration has to deal with the negative pitfalls left behind by the exiting administration, some worse than others. After four years of failed policies, an almost trillion dollar failed stimulus resulting in unemployment in this country on track to being the worst jobs record of any sitting president in the modern era, you can't continue to spend and blame. Obama owns our failed economy to this point. God bless whomever wins this presidency now or in 2016. The current administration will be exiting the White House leaving behind an economy this country will spend decades trying to dig out of.
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