From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill., 11th District)…
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger spoke out against Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky who yesterday advocated for more of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to be sent to Washington.
When asked about the President’s job proposal, which will cost nearly $450 billion and includes an estimated $467 billion in permanent tax increases, Schakowsky defended the plan and later added: “You don’t deserve to keep all of [your money] and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together.”
“Unfortunately Congresswoman Schakowsky has proven herself to be vastly out-of-touch with Illinois families and believes more money from taxpayers, more government and more of the same failed policies of the last two+ years are the stepping stones toward prosperity and job creation,” said Kinzinger. “The fact of the matter is, 31 months ago, the President stood in front of Americans and pledged under his near-one trillion dollar stimulus package, unemployment would not rise about eight percent. The President got his stimulus and here we are today with unemployment above nine percent.
“Now, the President is asking for $450 billion more, arguing, along with Congresswoman Schakowsky, that the original stimulus wasn’t big enough. The reality is we cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity. While other elected officials have adopted the ‘Washington knows best’ philosophy and neglect their responsibility to serve as a representative voice of their district, I understand that my constituents have had enough of sending their hard-earned paycheck to Washington. I was sent to Congress to fight to eliminate out-of-control government spending, tax increases and burdensome regulations. I will fight tooth and nail to create an environment where more private-sector jobs can be created and where government will become less relevant in your everyday life, so Americans can keep more of what they earn.”
Leading economists have testified that replacing the looming threat of tax hikes with sound fiscal policy and reducing burdensome government regulations will encourage job growth in the private sector – more so than some of the proposals included in the President’s new legislation.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle also agree that increasing taxes on the middle class in order to pay for this bill is simply out of the question. Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virgina said the President’s ideas for funding the legislation are “terrible.” Some House Democrats have been working to avoid a similar plan since July, including fellow Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley who sent a cautionary letter to the President about the way in which some investment income would be taxed. The letter expressed concern stating that this proposal, which was ultimately included in the President’s jobs plan, “could devastate our hopes for recovery.”