May 3rd posting on mnpACT by Dave Mindeman
Kline’s Bottom Line Protection is Corporate, Not Consumer
Posted: Sunday, 03 May 2009 18:25
by Dave Mindeman
Congressman John Kline says he is concerned about the pocketbooks of the average American family. He says he is worried about those increased expenses that will hit your budget. He talks a good game, but often acts a bad one.
In yet another questionable opinion piece in the Star Tribune, Congressman Kline rails against the proposed cap and trade program…or as he calls it, the “Energy Tax”.
A year ago, he says, he was demanding meaningful relief at the gas pumps — he says that we are still waiting. In the meantime, gas prices have been cut in half…not by a good energy policy, but rather by bad economic policy by the previous administration.
Now, Congressman Kline believes that somehow, “cap and trade” will soon ruin the family budget…. even though he seems to agree that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move to alternative energies. He even says he is for conservation…. except when actually doing it is proposed.
You have to wonder what kind of “crystal ball” Kline is depending upon for his pronouncements. Which brings us to another Kline vote “for the average family”. His vote against the credit card bill. Kline was one of only 70 US House Reps who voted against this bill. A bill that “would restrict credit card practices and eliminate sudden retroactive hikes in interest rates and late fees.”
Now, since the economic downturn has forced more and more consumers to “bridge” their budgets with credit cards, why would John Kline side with the banks and credit card lenders? Is that helping the average American’s pocketbook? Not a chance.
Kline’s solutions always side with corporations….yet, he claims to be looking out for the “average Joe”.
There is nothing average about current credit card hikes. But then Kline is more worried about the corporate bottom line then your line of credit.