Kirk Still Can't Explain Cap and Trade Vote

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Kirk still cant explain cap and trade vote

Congressman Mark Kirk met for two hours on a recent Sunday with an overflow crowd of about 100 to 150 mostly hostile Republicans

in Arlington Heights to explain his yes vote on the

cap and trade bill. He was one of only eight Republicans to vote yes on this bill. Unfortunately, Congressman Kirk never did explain why he voted yes.

Of course he could not retract his vote or even admit that he made a mistake. However, it was clear that he underestimated the negative reaction.

He did not and could not explain why he voted for a bill 1) that neither he nor his Republican colleagues had read and studied (he said he had read 800 pages of the 1500 page bill before he voted); 2) that was supposed to improve our energy independence, but hardly touches on the major energy initiatives he favors; 3) that will result in potentially the largest tax increase (via business cost pass throughs) in history, contrary to his strong positions against tax increases and more federal government spending.

This bill is supposed to

help with climate control,

but there is evidence we

may not even be in a global warming period and it is far from certain whether it is being influenced by human activity.

To Congressman Kirks credit he did come to the "lions den" where he got a well-deserved ear full of strong criticism. He did a very good job at explaining the many votes he has cast and legislation he either wrote or sponsored in favor of energy independence, fiscal responsibility and a host of other major conservative issues. All of which makes his vote even more perplexing. What are we missing?

Could he have just been trying to appease a small but influential group of environmentalists in the eastern part of his district?

Roland G. Ley

Arlington Heights

Health-care system

is the problem

Kenneth Nielsens letter regarding universal health care is not the answer. He states that the figure of

45 million uninsured was inaccurate. He is correct.

That figure is actually 48 million and growing.

It is projected that 20 percent of small businesses will drop health care coverage in the next three years due to rising costs adding another 5 million uninsured. More people are adding to the uninsured as unemployment rises.

My husband and I had to purchase private insurance due to his unemployment and were denied for minor health issues but were eligible for the "high risk pool" reinsurance program for more than $1,200 a month. Is that affordable for the middle class? I dont think so.

Of the uninsured, 69 percent of households have at least one full-time employee. So the theory that if the

majority of these people

had jobs, they would have health insurance is flawed. The No. 1 employer in the

U.S. is Walmart; of those employed a Walmart only

52 percent have health insurance. Why?

Because the premiums are not affordable at their low wages. Because the wages are so low, some employees of this corporation are eligible for Medicaid. So in essence the government is subsidizing Walmart.

Kenneths comment regarding the top reason for rising health care costs is subsidization of Medicare. If that was the reason, we would see those costs reflected in our taxes, not our health care insurance. Healthcare insurance premiums have been rising over 10 percent every year for the last 10 years. Why?

Just look at the profits of the health insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry

and the medical supply industry.

If universal health care is not the answer, then what is? It is time to come together and have an actual discussion about our current system which by all counts is not sustainable.

Eileen Schutte

Palatine

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