Sanity

To the Editor,

Washington is broken. The deficit is huge and spending is out of control. The economy is smothered by burdensome regulations and governmental interference. We Americans are frustrated.

To think, four years ago the residents of Wisconsin were saying the same thing about Madison. But Joe Leibham has showed responsible leadership to bring sanity to our state government.

Leibham learned from his experience at Sargento Foods and the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce what was needed to help business. He brought that experience to Madison, and today all the citizens of Wisconsin are reaping that benefit.

He was a leader on the budget committee that produced a budget that was not only balanced, but produced a surplus. He also crafted legislation to restrict regulation and governmental overreach.

While many opposed his efforts, and while the opposition was at times harsh and fierce, Joe did not waver in his conviction to what he knew was best. He has always been considered reasonable. Giving an ear to those whose opinions differed from his. While some may disagree with him, he still gives each person the respect they deserve.

Washington needs the same kind of responsible, respectful, proven leadership that Joe Leibham has brought to Madison.

We need him serving us in Congress to bring that kind of leadership and restore America.

Lexann & Jay Hoogstra
Johnsonville


Readers Comments

Joe Leibham is a nice guy but
Submitted by dpatric2@gmail.com on Wed, 2014-07-02 21:41.
Joe Leibham is a nice guy but my many contacts with him through email, personal interactions, many hours of watching him live on WisconsinEye, and his record shows that he has truly become a classic career politician who did not represent ALL of his constituents. Joe gave the appearance of representing ALL of his constituents through his listening sessions and communications with district residents, but once in Madison he succumbed to the pressure of leadership and the influences of special interest groups like ALEC. Examples of Joe’s lack of representing ALL of his constituents are many. Let me start with how he participated in fiscal extremism when dealing with the 2010 structural deficit. This deficit mainly resulted from the global recession that caused deep financial problems for all governments. Joe fully participated in the divisive Walkeresque “divide and conquer” governance strategy that focused on destroying political foes instead of doing what is right for Wisconsin and using a reasonable approach to dealing with the financial challenges facing our state at that time. Instead Joe helped to demonize public employees, who are a large segment of his constituency, and voted for massive cuts in preK-12/UW/Technical school funding along with inadequate funding for our local units of government. After making those deep cuts and giving big tax breaks to the wealthy including businesses and corporations, Joe participated in the Walkeresque double-talk about “responsible budgeting” and “deficits to surplus” that was actually done on the backs of workers, students, families, and local units of government who made the real sacrifices without any thanks from our leaders. The “deforms” enacted and supported by Joe stressed a fragile Wisconsin economy resulting in our state not fully participating in the nation’s economic recovery. We continue to be near the bottom in our economic recovery efforts when compared to neighboring states. Joe participated in the passage of so much flawed legislation that ended up being challenged in the courts. Besides spending millions of taxpayer money to implement the legislation (after he and Walker said Wisconsin was broke), millions has been spent defending the flawed legislation in the courts. Redistricting is one example. Joe signed on to a secrecy agreement during the time redistricting was being considered. Instead of the public having knowledge of the process of redistricting, high priced lawyers worked secretly with Republicans to gerrymander a redistricting plan that ended up in the courts. After being fixed by the courts, it was implemented, but the public continues to favor a better system for redistricting that Joe and his colleagues continue to ignore…again he did not represent ALL of his constituents. Women’s issues, issues to protect consumer rights, election and voter suppression issues, and so many other issues that resulted in flawed laws, supported by Joe, are evidence of a legislator who truly did not represent ALL of his constituents. The campaign over the next four months will spotlight more detailed examples of Joe’s lack of true representation. Joe Liebham fully participated in the Walkeresque “deformed” approach to dealing with issues. The extreme partisanship has so polarized our state. Why would we send Joe to Washington to continue the “same ole, same ole” approach to governance that has given us a “do nothing” Congress that is held in such low regard by U.S. citizens? Wisconsin citizens should also have serious concerns about any candidate who “will fill Sen. Leibham’s shoes.” We need a “new direction” if Wisconsin and our nation are truly going to move forward!
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