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Get to Know Adam Kinzinger by his Voting Record

Adam Kinzinger, a freshman Republican Tea-Party Congressman in the Illinois 16th District, had been swept in office on the wave of the Tea-Party craze. Taken under the wing of Eric Cantor (VA-7) and anointed a “Young Gun” of the Republican Party.  So, who is this man being groomed as a long-term playmaker for the GOP? Some analysts have calculated Kinzinger to have only a ninth-grade speaking level, but I’m more concerned with getting to know him by what he has done for his constituents from his voting record.

I. No Surprises Here

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My Letter to Senator Durbin: RE: Charter Schools

Dear Sen. Durbin,
In your reply to my response on the recent survey question, you said:

That is why I am backing legislation to expand the opportunities of parents to send their kids to Charter Schools. While not the answer to all concerns, Charter Schools in Chicago account for 9 of the top 10 non-selective, public high schools in the city.

You also said,

By giving school principals increased flexibility to hire/fire teachers, add instructional hours and increase school days, Charter Schools offer a way to improve educational performance from within the public school system.

Firstly, this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, since we don't know whether the charter schools had the same quality of incoming students as the public schools. Most likely they didn't, as the lower graduation rate shows. What statistics are you comparing exactly? Are my eyes privy to those same stats?

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The Truth About the Economy

How did we get to where we are today? Why do many of Americans feel helpless and powerless to change the system? Why does it feel ever harder to “make it”? Why does it seem our education system is falling apart and not producing the intellectuals as it once did?

Give former Labor Secretary Robert Reich 2 minutes, 15 seconds and he will explain.

So there you have it, all spelled out below:

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