By Ron Brzoska
This past Saturday, my family was greeted by a gentleman who was passing out fliers for Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in Illinois’ 11th District, Bill Foster. He seemed to be a thoughtful and caring man. I knew he was thoughtful and caring because he proudly wore his green and gold AFSCME union polo as he walked through my precinct. You know who AFSCME is. You know…the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. You know… the union that has helped drive up the numbers of state employees, raise their salaries, raise their benefits, and helped us create a pension burden that is bankrupting our state. I’m sure that AFSCME’s efforts will be rewarded should Bill Foster win in his election against Republican Judy Biggert. God help us!
I didn’t know much about Bill Foster, since when he was last in office, he was in another district. So I decided to look him up and learn a little bit about him. What I learned frightened me, and it should frighten you. I went to his Wikipedia page first, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Foster_(Illinois_politician), and found the entry to be even-handed if not slightly favorable. That’s ok, but I was mortified to see what was listed as his accomplishments in his lone term (2008-2010).
- He voted for the Obama $787 billion spending bill. This single act alone was over half of our budget deficit for 2009.
- He voted in favor of Dodd-Frank, which did nothing to stop the harmful practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while creating regulations on the banks who have passed that cost on to their customers. (How are the credit card companies and banks treating you lately?)
- He voted for Obamacare. Do I really need to explain what is wrong with that?
Nuff said! In two years Bill Foster has helped bring about this much damage. We can give him another crack at us. I’m voting for Judy Biggert.