Local Voices: Roskam Goes to Bat for Middle Class: Whiffs on 10 Straight
October 23, 2012
By Walt Zlotow in the Glen Ellyn Patch:
Since this election is about the Great American Middle Class, let’s look at IL 6th District Congressman Peter Roskam’s batting average when he gets a chance to swing mightily on its behalf:
First at bat: Voted for the GOP FY 2013 budget which slashes job creating domestic spending and proposes a mind numbing voucher program for Medicare
Second at bat: Voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans which unconscionably bloats American indebtedness
Third at bat: Voted for H.R. 10 allowing Congress veto power over health, safety and environmental regulations the President has discretionary power to implement
Fourth at bat: Voted to gut ability of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers
Fifth at bat: Voted against House Resolution 112 which would reduce long term federal debt through short-term job-creation measures, such as increased spending on rebuilding roads and schools.
Sixth at bat: Voted to diminish rights of private sector workers to hold union elections
Seventh at bat: Voted for H.R. 3080 which lowers tariffs on US auto exports to S. Korea while maintaining incentives to outsource US jobs
Eighth at bat: Voted for H.R. 4348 which would weaken environmental protection efforts, fast-track the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and seriously delay vital transportation projects
Ninth at bat: Voted for H.R. 4628 which keeps student loan borrowing costs low for 7 million college students at the expense of ending a vital public health program
Tenth at bat: Voted to repeal Obamacare 31 times without offering any help for the forty million folks without any or inadequate health care insurance
The 200,000 likely 6th District voters, who overwhelmingly represent the middle class, are looking at Roskam’s box score. Being good managers of their middle class values and aspirations, they may very well tell Congressman Roskam November 6th to “GRAB SOME BENCH”.