I wanted to let the citizens of the 5th U.S. Congressional District know that we are being poorly represented by U.S. Rep Susan Brooks. Dan Burton was a true conservative and accordingly he had a Heritage voting rating of 88. The average Republican Congressman now has a Heritage rating of 65. Brooks at present has a rating of 58. This is RINO territory.

Recently she has had opportunities to vote to end subsidies for flood insurance. The program which is supposed to be revenue neutral is $23 billion in debt. She voted to maintain the subsidies.

In another recent case, on the vote to reauthorize the export import bank she voted with the majority to reauthorize the export import bank. Eighty percent of the business done by this bank is arranged submarket financing for foreign airlines to buy Boeing Airplanes. This is crony capitalism. U.S. Airlines cannot buy Boeing planes at those favorable rates putting them at a competitive disadvantage. According to the Wall Street Journal, had the program been discontinued, Boeing was prepared to arrange outside financing for its foreign customers on its own. In this case, what sense if any was there in reauthorizing the program. The present government will not vote to shrink itself.

With so many socialists and communists walking the halls of Congress, Indiana needs all of the true conservatives it can get to represent the state. Sadly, Brooks is not such a person.

John Petrie, 46038


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