Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Taxation without representation

History, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY Rebel Yell: Taxpayers Revolt Against Gimme-Mania

Funny, I was thinking about this for some time, but couldn't find my little paper doll colonist.colonist and no representation -paper doll guy

majority of Americans, contacting their reps, no avail.

From Herb Kohl:

 Dear Mrs. Prast:

     Our sinking economy has dominated news coverage for
months, and Americans everywhere are struggling to make ends
meet.  The facts and figures are staggering.   We now have a 7.2%
unemployment rate and 791,000 good paying manufacturing jobs
were lost last year.  Consumer confidence is at or near an all time
low.  In the last quarter of 2008 the economy shrank by the most in
26 years.

     The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act combines
tax relief, investments in infrastructure, and assistance to state and
local governments - putting people back to work and jump-starting
our stalled economy.  The average Wisconsin family would receive
a $900 tax cut this year from the legislation.  The bill also saves
jobs and stimulates growth through important tax incentives and
benefits for businesses.

       Targeted investments in the American economy and the
American workforce are a critical component of the recovery
package.  The goal is not to create temporary "make-work" jobs
that do not contribute value to the economy.  The American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act builds a foundation for long-term
economic growth and prosperity through investments in
infrastructure, energy independence, education, health care, and
small business.  These investments will create millions of 21st
Century jobs across the country.  Our goal is to ensure that the
American economy remains the strongest in the world for decades
to come.

       I support the economic recovery package, but I do have
reservations.  The price tag on this bill is enormous, and I
understand the opposition to this legislation by those who feel it
costs too much money.  To address these concerns, the Senate
voted to reduce the cost of the legislation by over $100 billion
through cuts in education, modernization of federal buildings,
health information technology, and other areas.  While I believe
many of these programs are valuable initiatives worthy of funding,
I supported this compromise to help keep spending under control
and to ensure passage of this vitally needed legislation.

     On February XXth, 2009, President Obama signed the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.  This plan is
not perfect, but it is a bold and responsible action that will help our
economy get back on its feet, put people to work and put more
money in their pockets.  I heard from thousands of Wisconsinites
with many different views on this legislation, and this input was
very helpful to me as I considered this issue.  Thank you for
sharing your thoughts with me, and please feel free to contact me
again in the future if I can be of assistance to you in any other


                                       Herb Kohl
                                       U.S. Senator

 Will it happen again?

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