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Follow the money

My father once told me, “Where politics are concerned, if you want to know what’s really going on, follow the money trail.” So, in these times of partisan bickering, when gasoline is over $3 a gallon, so many people are without health insurance, global warming is no longer a joke, and we’re caught up in another war we can’t win, isn’t it time for everyone to find out what’s going on in our government? Follow the money trail.

I looked up my congressman, John Doolittle, on the Internet and found that: Big Oil and gas industries have given him $105,075; GOP Whip Roy Blunt $10,000; Tom Delay $19,375; Jack Abramoff $13,000; Abramoff associate and Delay staffer, Tony Rudy, $11,250; Tom Delay’s chief of staff, Ed Buckham, $7,500; and Halliburton $5,600.

So, what would you expect to find out about John Doolittle’s voting record? You guessed it. Doolittle voted with Tom Delay 93 percent of the time; voted to continue no-bid contracts with Halliburton; to weaken the House ethics rules; and against cracking down on the oil and gas industries.

Given that “money talks,” are we listening? And didn’t we already suspect that, with John Doolittle, it was always about the money?

Charles Entrekin

Nevada City

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