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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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Responsiblity & "Sharing The Burden" of The Budget Crisis

Whenever someone looks at a budget crisis at any given moment, it’s easy to point to “cut spending, raise revenue” and say it's the best and most fair solution. While, on the surface, this is a great way to compromise and “move forward”, and it usually is... just not this time.

I have always had a problem with the idiocy of some people who forget or ignore the past. If you remind these people whom was responsible for “spilling the milk”, their reply is usually something like: “We need to focus on the current issue at hand.” or “You are just trying to point the finger.” Then they quickly want to move to a “fair” compromise. What I think is “fair” is: whomever “makes the mess, cleans it up”. How many times does your child have to spill the milk, before you take direct control of the milk-carton away? Same thing with the budget.

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