Thanks for sending your e-mailed “Year in Review”. I’m pleased that you think you and your Colleagues did such a fantastic job in the 111th Congress. From your point of view it seems you guys are pretty wonderful.
You say, “The 111th Congress was one of the most productive in decades…” and go on to outline some of the legislation created during the 111th Congress – most proving to be very expensive.
I read with interest this morning’s (1/12/11) Morning Bell which outlines the 111th Congress’ effect on our economy. From the point of view in the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom , “All told, 117 countries, mainly developing and emerging market economies, improved their Economic Freedom Index score. Meanwhile the U.S. dropped to 9th place, remaining ‘mostly free,’ weighed down by the burden of President Obama’s spending spree.”
That’s two years in a row that the US has been slipping down the Economic Freedom Index score.
Maybe a little less government spending and a little more government action (not spending) to actually (not rhetorically) assist US Small Business in the form of lower taxes and actual market incentives (rather than regulative restrictions) to growth is worth a try.
Who knows, maybe such actions would improve Congress’ unprecedented dismal approval rating and actually start to reduce our national debt.
Do you really (as you’ve said repeatedly) want to reduce our spending and debt and improve Congress’s image with ‘We the People…”
Tom Howe, Flying W Ranch, Hotchkiss, Colorado
 The Heritage Foundation