"Part of congressional leadership is getting money to the places that need it in the state you represent."Steve Sarvi couldn't be more right. What value does Congressman John Kline have when he won't meet with his constituents and announces that he won't vote for any bill with earmarks? Sounds to me like Mr. Kline doesn't want to be a congressman.
"Every year, we Minnesotans send our tax dollars to Washington, putting more into the federal pot than we get back. Our state is blessed with talented and hard-working people who generally don't begrudge sending money where it is most needed for the common good.However, U.S. Rep. John Kline, who the Star Tribune reported on Dec. 10 has decided to no longer seek "earmarks" on behalf of our state, would have us believe that bringing money home for high-priority projects is "corrupt" -- and in taking this stance, he's gone too far."
Steve Sarvi shows his common sense when it comes to fulfilling the duties of a Congressman as well as pointing out the responsibilities a Minnesota representative should have to his state.
We elect our representatives to represent our best interests. I think Steve Sarvi summed it up best by saying:
"For every "bridge to nowhere" - the infamous Alaskan project that, it bears noting, Kline voted for in 2005 - there are many projects for which Minnesota's congressional delegation can and should seek federal dollars. These projects are not extravagant or wasteful -and members of Congress who seek them in the interest of the people they represent are not corrupt; they are doing their job. Federal funds secured by members of Congress are commonly used to help with transportation projects. These projects keep the people and products of our state moving, and as such are the backbone of our economy. Providing for transportation needs is a basic function of government.
Minnesotans expect leadership from elected officials on this issue... People in our communities don't care whether Republicans or Democrats meet them at the table to solve problems. They do care that government at its various levels -all supported by taxpayers - can't seem to cooperate to use those tax dollars efficiently."
"Citizens, local government and state government must do their parts to ensure that we raise and spend tax dollars appropriately. Our members of Congress do not engage in corruption, as Kline claims, when they work hard to see that Minnesota's sorely needed tax dollars come back to our state instead of going elsewhere. Our representatives are supposed to go to bat for us; it's one of the things we "hire" them to do. If they don't want to do it, the good people of Minnesota can hire someone else. "With Kline unwilling to fulfil his duties, there is an alternative; Common sense, level headed, willing to represent Minnesotans, to make necessary compromises to accomplish goals...Steve Sarvi would be great Congressman