Readers Respond

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Letters to the Pilot

Steve King and the SCHIP vote

To the Editor:

Congressman Steve King has been under assault by Iowa's Governor and Senate majority leader for his "nay" vote on the expansion of the State

Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP.)

The tirade reminds me of the outcry in 2005 when he cast a "nay" vote for the Katrina aid package. He voted against the bill because it did not have a detailed plan for the distribution and accountability of the appropriated funds. It turned out that the money was laced with fraudulent and frivolous spending. Nearly half of the 20,000 trailers slated for housing the victims remain unused. The cost of the trailers was $860 million. FEMA is paying $250,000 a month to store them. The package was one of the biggest political blunders in history. It is an example of your tax dollars at work in the hands of irresponsible bureaucrats. The congressman voted "nay" because he believes in fiscal responsibility. At least some of his critics had the fortitude and decency to admit they were wrong and Congressman King was right.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has branded the congressman as being "mean spirited" and infers that he has joined the "Washington Jet-

Set" because of his frequent trips from Washington to Kiron. Congressman King returns to the 5th District often for the purpose of communicating with the people of the district. King voted against the bill because it was not sound fiscally, short changed Iowa financially, and offered coverage to some who have adequate income to provide for insurance.

It appears that the favorite tactic of the Democrats is to attempt to demean the character of their opponents in an effort to sway one into thinking negatively about them. A shining example of the tactic took place in Washington last week (Wednesday, September 26) when Senator Byrd and his chorus of senatorial cohorts heckled and made fun of Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Peter Pace. It was a pinnacle of depraved and disgraceful leadership at one of the highest levels of government in our country.

One would think that Governor Culver and Senator Cronstal would jump at the challenge to debate the congressman on the merits of the bill. However, there might be a risk of losing and it would create a political embarrassment for them.

- Jim Treat, Storm Lake