Still Softening Up Manzullo

I wrote earlier that national Democrats are running radio ads criticizing him for not voting for the pork-infested stimulus package.

Last night on the way home from the McHenry Marlin swim team practice I heard a WIND radio ad criticizing 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo.

The guts of it was that Manzullo had voted for money to build schools in Iraq, but not in the United States.

Most people won’t figure out that the federal government is not where the money comes from to build schools.

That has been a local responsibility financed in Illinois from property taxes. There has been some state subsidy, starting in this area with Crystal Lake South High School and McHenry West High School in the late 1970’s.

Interrupted in the 1980’s, the flow was reinstated during the 1990’s.

The school bond issues, of course, have to be passed by voter referendum.

It could be argued that turning on the spigot has led to wasteful spending.

Free money usually does that.

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Seen on top is Robert Abboud, the Democratic Party challenger to Congressman Don Manzullo, seen on the right. To Abboud’s right, but not in the photo in this Rockford TV debate, was Green Party candidate Scott Summers.


Still Softening Up Manzullo — 1 Comment

  1. Actually Cal, one of the cuts demanded by Republicans was $19.5 billion in construction aid for schools and colleges. Those grants would have gone to states to pay for school construction.

    And just for the record, I think it’s a fair issue to raise- why are the Republicans in favor of building roads, bridges and schools in Iraq and not here?

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