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Taxpayer meetings are necessary

I would like to preface this letter with a question to the voters in our congressional district.

If Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) lived in our district and was running for election to the House of Representatives as our representative, would you vote for him and his record?

I assume many of you would not vote for Mr. Frank since many of his views do not represent the views of a majority of voters in southwest Georgia. His record of votes in Congress and his dealings within his congressional committee that oversees Fannie Mac, Freddie Mac and other financial institutions do not match the ethics and morals of southwest Georgia.

Therefore, I shall provide numbers from the Washington Post Congressional Votes Database at http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/111. These facts should be presented to voters before rgw congressional elections in 2010.

Our elected representative, Mr. Sanford Bishop, has voted with Mr. Frank 189 out of 192 votes held in the House through April 10. This translates to a 98 percent approval of Mr. Frank by Mr. Bishop. Mr. Bishop also assisted in voting in Mrs. Pelosi as speaker of the House. The votes differing were for menial amendments to bills or standard resolutions in the House.

In 2008, there were 690 votes taken in the House. Mr. Bishop and Mr. Frank voted together 674 times out of the 690. This is a 94 percent agreement rate. Many of the 16 differing votes were when Mr. Bishop voted opposite Mr. Frank’s stand on military issues and Boy Scout issues. We all know that Mr. Frank is not friendly to our country’s military.

In 2007, there were 1,186 votes taken in the House. Mr. Bishop and Mr. Frank voted together 1,132 times out of the 1,186. This is a 95 percent agreement rate. Again, many of the 54 differing votes were when Mr. Bishop voted opposite Mr. Frank’s stand on military issues and Boy Scout issues.

There were two issues that were outside military or Boy Scout issues. While Mr. Frank voted for HR 2560, Mr. Bishop voted against this bill. This bill was introduced to make human cloning illegal. Is Mr. Bishop really for human cloning? Mr. Bishop also voted against HR 249, which would ban the slaughter of wild horses. He was active again in placing Mrs. Pelosi as speaker of the House.

It would seem Mr. Bishop has sung one tune and voted another. His votes are out of touch with morals and ideals in our communities. Mr. Bishop’s Web site toots his horn as being a southern blue dog conservative Democrat yet his voting record of 16 years in the House speaks otherwise.

In the taxpayer meeting on April 14 in Thomasville, Ga., Mr. Bishop seemed to want to continue down our same tax and spend government enlargement path of the last three decades that is now sacrificing our futures.

Congress is the culprit in our ills and I would hope everyone stop following party lines. Vote against all incumbents in the Senate and House. Congress, past and future, control the purse strings and policies of our economies. Change is voting out incumbents in Congress who have mismanaged our tax dollars and finances over the past 30 years.

David Curry Thomasville, Ga.