Thursday, May 22, 2008

Patrick Watches Our Money - Again

The following letter appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times today...

A recent opinion questioned Congressman Patrick Murphy on fiscal responsibility. Obviously, we have hit the political season because the congressman's record on fiscal issues was misrepresented.

If you look at how Murphy has voted on fiscal issues, he has actually bucked the Democratic Party on several occasions, most notably voting twice against the Democratic budget because it did not go far enough to curb government spending. Murphy also voted to make sure that Congress uses a pay-as-you-go system, so that politicians don't simply add programs by increasing the national debt. Instead, if you want a piece of legislation passed, you have to explain how you'll pay for it.

The number of earmarks has been cut dramatically by Murphy and members of this Congress. And so what if Murphy brought more money back to his district than many other representatives. Isn't that what we want him to do?

You can't distort Murphy's record to make him out to be something he's not. Any honest look at his record on fiscal issues will show he has been responsible and careful with taxpayers' money.

Ersula Cosby
Levittown, PA
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