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The Hartzler Rules: Cut Spending in DC, Just Not for Me

What a surprise: Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-04) is a total hypocrite when it comes to federal spending.

In 2011, Hartzler was the biggest spender of Missouri's congressional delegation when it came to taxpayer funded mail and communications.  In total, Missouri's Fourth District Congresswoman spend $276,453.17; over a quarter of a million dollars. That's over $86,000 more than the second highest spender, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer.  Of that, Hartzler spend over $111,000 in the last quarter of 2011 alone.

The natural next question is where this puts Hartzler in terms of all congresscritters.  Ninth.  Out of 435 Members of Congress, Vicky Hartzler is ninth.

So all that hot air about being a fiscal conservative and a good steward of our taxpayer dollars? Baloney.

So stay tuned for the report to be released next week by the US House on Member spending for the first quarter of 2012.  It'll be interesting to see precisely how much Hartzler spent to let her constituents know that she's really not spending too much of their hard earned taxpayer dollars.

Ironically, Hartzler is on record championing the need to tighten belts and cut spending in Washington, DC in order to balance the budget. As a former home economics teacher, she claimed to have unique insight into how to make tough decisions.

To balance the budget, you know, I used to teach home economics and I’d teach personal family finance to my high school students. And there’s two ways that I used that we used to talk about that you could balance a budget. You either increase your revenue, or decrease your spending. And that’s what we need to apply here in Washington, DC, as far as I see. I’m fresh eyes here, been here three months, but we are spending money we don’t have. Forty-two cents out of every dollar the government spends is borrowed. That’s irresponsible. I mean, we don’t do this in our homes. We wouldn’t do it at our work, at our businesses, so why is it ok in Washington? We’ve got to decrease the spending and spending money we don’t have.

Over a quarter of a million dollars on mailers in one year alone, the ninth out of 435.  Who's irresponsible now?



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