Taking A Look At The Way Congress Spends Our Money

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Editor:

Each session of Congress, the National Taxpayers Union rates all members of Congress on their actual votes that affect taxes, spending, debt and regulatory burdens on consumers and taxpayers. Members are rated from 100 to zero. The higher the rating, the more friendly the member is to the taxpayers' pocketbook.

Arizona really does quite well.

For the first session of the 109th Congress and the last figures I have available, Rep. Jeff Flake has the highest rating in the House of Representatives at 91 percent.

Other Arizona members are:

Rep. Trent Franks -- 80 percent

Rep. John Shadegg -- 79 percent

Rep. J.D. Hayworth -- 69 percent

Rep. Jim Kolbe -- 59 percent

Rep. Rick Renzi -- 56 percent

Rep. Raul Grijalva -- 17 percent

Rep. Ed Pastor -- 16 percent

The average for the Arizona delegation was 58 percent, compared to an average for the House, in total, of 40 percent.

In the Senate, our senator, John Kyl, had the second-best rating at 87 percent, and Sen. John McCain had a rating of 78 percent. This put Arizona's senatorial rating at 83 percent, compared to rating for the full Senate at 44 percent.

Anyone can receive the annual reports from the National Taxpayers Union by sending $15 to NTU, 108 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

I think this is a more complete and clear report on what each member of Congress has done than any report or measurements that would be developed by a management consulting firm.

If you think that Congress is tied up now with such complex issues as immigration, social security and tax reform, you ain't seen nothing.

Wait until you try to get them to agree on why they are even in Congress -- let alone what they should accomplish.

The NTU measurement is a record of how they have voted to spend our money. Not what they said they would do.

Dan Adams, Payson

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