Fiscal Responsibility in the North State: Who is the Actual Fiscal Conservative in this Congressional Race?

Heidi Hall, Congressional candidate

As a woman who has managed a family budget for over 30 years, and as a former manager with responsibility over million-dollar budgets, I am deeply concerned about the fiscal irresponsibility shown by our current Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, and in the group my opponent has chosen to ally himself with for the past two years.

The House writes the budget for the government. It begins there, gets negotiated with members of the Senate to reflect their wishes, and a compromise budget goes to the President to sign. With this budget, we taxpayers fund things like roads, bridges and schools; social services that we all use; social services that benefit specific groups like veterans, the short-term unemployed, and those living below the poverty line; it funds research and development into better and cheaper energy and better disease prevention. We also fund the military, our post offices, and clean air and water. All of our state and local budgets depend to some degree upon this largesse from the Federal budget.

The 2012-3 House of Representatives is, by all accounts, the least productive and least fiscally conservative in the history of our country. Programs are left languishing, solutions to real, nationwide programs are left unaddressed, and the House even shut down the government.

Worst of all, Tea Party extremists, including our own Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who successfully bully their more moderate Republican colleagues into compliance, are wasting vast amounts of our tax dollars on political gambling with virtually no payoffs. Do you know how your Representative voted on these wasteful bills, resolutions and programs? To highlight just a few of the damages that have been wrought:

• $24 billion – Think the government shutdown last February was free? Think again. This round of pointless politicking cost us $24 billion, not including losses from employer/employee uncertainty around when it would end.

• $75 million – Over 50 votes to repeal the ACA in Congress, with not a single vote to improve or implement it. The sheer political grandstanding cost us over $75 million in time, labor and materials.

• $14 billion – Every year the Federal government doles out $14 billion to the top earning farmers in the U.S. through highly self-serving crop insurance subsidy payments. No audit has been done on this program, but the SNAP program to fund hungry kids in poverty was cut $8 billion this year alone to keep these subsidies propped up.

• $310 billion – This was a give-away, without offsets, to make permanent the temporary tax cuts to multinational corporations, one in four of which currently pay nothing in taxes.

In the meantime, the House voted on the Ryan budget that would have cut spending and taken money away from our local economies and our middle class.

I would support none of the above actions. I find them wasteful and provide nothing in the form of investments or assistance to the working people of the United States. When you go to the polls on November 4 to vote for a Representative in the People’s House, ask yourself who would be the better steward of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

Ask yourself: Who is the true fiscal conservative in the North State?

Heidi Hall, Congressional candidate

 

Heidi Hall lives in Grass Valley and is the Democratic Congressional candidate for District 1.  More information can be found at www.heidihallforcongress.com.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar cheyenne says:

    As Ms. Hall has brought up national concerns I would like to ask her national questions. As I live in Wyoming and don’t vote in California where I used to live I can understand her not answering.
    One survey showed Wyoming has the lowest percent of its population on SNAP while according to the USDA 76% of the farmers and ranchers in Wyoming declined federal aid. A total of $28 million was given to the other 24%. What Wyoming ranchers feel is that the USDA tailors its farm programs for crop-related issues, think Ethanol, and less toward ranchers. How would you change that, or would you?
    Wyoming Governor Mead wants baseline testing and capping flaring on oil/gas rigs in the state. He is running into opposition. How would you vote on that?
    Windfarms are becoming a strong contender for the energy market in Wyoming and the proposed windfarms will send most of that energy to California while giving jobs and taxes to Wyoming. It is projected to take up to ten years to get a windfarm up to working, a lot of it due to permitting. How would you speed up the permitting process?
    According to the WTE, despite a 2011 ruling by President Obama, two thirds of the oil/gas rigs on federal land in Wyoming are not being inspected for violations. The feds get $2 billion dollars a year in mineral receipts off of federal land in Wyoming so money should not be a problem. How would you handle that?
    Finally, China has ruled that its coal factories have to use only coal with less than 40% ash content in it. Powder river coal in Wyoming and Montana has 15% ash content and mountain states legislators are pushing for coal exports to Aisa through the northwest ports in Seattle. There are protests for and against the deep water ports in Seattle going on now. What we up here are afraid is that there will be a compromise in Congress that will eliminate the coal exports, which the mountain states need for at least ten more years, and approve the XL Pipeline, what the Sioux in South Dakota call “the long black snake”, which very few want here. The jobs with coal are real while the jobs with the Keystone are mythical. Which lesser evil would you vote for?
    As I said I can’t vote in California so you are not obligated to answer me.

    • Avatar Casey Scott says:

      I just visited Wyoming. Cody was fun but we totally bypassed Cheyenne. Tell Dick Cheney to stuff it.

      • Avatar cheyenne says:

        If you were in Cody you were closer to the Cheneys in Jackson then I am and Wyoming already told the Cheney’s good-bye.

  2. Avatar david kerr says:

    Shasta County’s demographics are changing rapidly. It is just a matter of time until it becomes another Humboldt County. The megatrend is for people to self-segregate, so that conservative states become more conservative and liberal states become more liberal.

    The Democrats are wise to be preparing candidates who will be ready to run a campaign and capitalize when the time comes.

  3. Avatar Ron says:

    And Heidi let’s not forget the what the EPA has done as well. You know, the agency you used to work for. talk about bullying. Now that’s an agency that does.

    Btw what’s wrong with the Tea Party? Is it because they care about what is going on and bring issues to light while other groups hide them?

    Cuz they want fiscal responsibility? What’s wrong with that?

    Congressman LaMalfa will win and will continue to work for the people like he has. We may not all agree with what someone does at times but no ONE is perfect…..