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posted: 8/19/2012 5:00 AM

Walsh is all the GOP stands for

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Congressman Joe Walsh has everything it takes to be one of the best congressmen in the U.S. Here is why: Thank you, Joe, for doing everything possible, including stopping more federal bailouts and stimulus spending, to keep Americans employed. Thank you, Joe, for voting against a transportation bill that spends more than we can afford in these tough economic times. Thank you, Joe, for working hard to keep our deficit as low as possible by keeping tight control over unemployment and food stamp costs. As you point out, it is amazing how many people find jobs once their unemployment benefits run out.

Thank you, Joe, for voting to overturn Obamacare so that we can get a responsible system without the federal government taking over our nation's health care system to provide needed care for those with pre-existing medical conditions, avoiding the federal reductions to Medicare Advantage, keeping drug costs at an affordable level for all and making it possible for us to afford to provide necessary medical care for all of our children.

Thank you, Joe, for keeping government spending under control so that we do not waste money on excessive pensions and can afford to keep our teachers, police and firefighters employed. Thank you, Joe, for making government prioritize its spending so that there is enough to finance such things as fighting forest fires. Thank you, Joe, for fighting hard to not overtax the most productive segments of our society so they can create more jobs. The top 1 percent of taxpayers already pay over 39 percent of the total taxes.

And finally, Joe, thanks for standing up for all of the above so that America can see just what the Republican Party stands for.

Roland G. Ley

Arlington Heights

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