Recently, a couple of fliers came to me in the mail from U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office. They are full-color, glossy and printed on good quality paper (one four pages, the other six). They must have cost a pretty penny to print.
One excoriates the "President and Congressional Leaders" who "doubled our debt in five years, and plan to triple it in 10 years." (Which is disingenuous because a great part of this debt can be attributed to the Bush-era tax cuts passed under a Republican-controlled Congress and two unfunded wars started by Bush.)
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Each plugs the Republican partisan website, AmericaSpeakingOut.com. While Roskam should be commended for suddenly becoming fiscally "aware" (a recent development) I was appalled to read on the back, "This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense." These are obviously campaign fliers.
If Roskam really cared about government spending and congressional ethics, why doesn't he save taxpayers' money and use some of his huge campaign fund (according to the Chicago Sun-Times "as of June 30, Roskam had a balance of $952,793 in his campaign fund") to print his own fliers instead of billing American taxpayers?