Leibham

To the Editor,

Joe Leibham is a proven leader on reigning in government spending

Today our national debt is over $17 trillion. For every man, woman and child in this country that is approximately, $55,000 per person. Our national budget and spending is out of control.

The good news: We have a great candidate for Congress in Joe Leibham who knows how to control government spending. During his last term in the state Senate, he eliminated a $3.1 billion dollar budget deficit, and created a surplus. Additionally, he was able to create nearly $1 billion in tax in spending cuts and property tax relief. Thanks to Joe’s efforts, Wisconsin’s fiscal house is in order and Wisconsin’s economy is improving. Joe has demonstrated his fiscal conservative values in Madison, and it is time we send him to Washington to get America’s fiscal house in order.

Please support Joe Leibham on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Charles & Kathleen Gehring


Readers Comments

Joe Leibham is a nice guy but
Submitted by dpatric2@gmail.com on Wed, 2014-07-16 19:55.
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?
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