Thursday, November 06, 2008

A message from Walt

By John Foster - Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 04:22 PM

I left the Election Night party just after midnight, unsure of whether I was going to win or lose. After a fitful night of sleep I awoke early on Wednesday to a slim lead and a handful of precincts left to count. By the time I got ready and drove back to the Boise hotel where my bleary-eyed staff had been up all night, the results were clear: We had done it.

We won.

I need to thank so many people but I want to start by thanking all of you, my friends, supporters and volunteers. You won this election. You were the reason we pulled it out and were able to claim a victory already being called “historic” by pundits and press alike.

However, as satisfying as this win was and is, the real work is about to begin. There is still a recession. People are still worried about their jobs. They are still worried about their homes. They are still worried about how they can afford college for their children.

These are still tough times.

That is why I am committed to the same approach I promised throughout the campaign. As your Congressman, I will reach across the aisle, find partners and collaborators, work as hard as I can to change Washington, D.C., and help move this country forward.

The last year has been amazing for A.K. and I, as well as for our family. We traveled a District that spreads from Nevada to Canada. We met thousands of proud Idahoans. We heard uplifting stories of all that’s great about our state, and tragic tales of the hardship so many people face today.

One story stands out. On a hot summer day I was walking back down Main Street in Emmett after spending the afternoon walking in the annual parade. I saw a woman sitting on the front porch of a run-down home. She said hello and I stopped to talk. She told me she was scared.

This woman was working two full-time jobs just to make ends meet, which was hard because neither job paid more than minimum wage. Gas was more expensive, food was more expensive and her employers were struggling, and she was having trouble making ends meet. Things were so bad that was worried she would be evicted from the home she had rented for more than 30 years.

That was a sobering day for me, and I will never forget it. That’s why I am humbled by the responsibility we now have to make this a better Idaho for her, for all of us. It is a responsibility I will honor by always working hard, by listening to every voice and by doing what’s right for Idaho. 
We did an amazing thing.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. 

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Why Walt deserves your vote on Tuesday

By John Foster - Saturday, November 01, 2008 at 08:43 AM

He’s a businessman. He is fiscally responsible. He is bipartisan. He is effective. He is a problem-solver. He is experienced. He is knowledgeable. He is right for Idaho.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A letter from a supporter

By John Foster - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 08:46 PM

The Minnick for Congress campaign received this e-mail earlier this week. Republished here with permission from the letter-writer:

Dear Walt,

I am sure you get thousands of emails. I do hope you have a chance to read mine. I watched the debate last night and was very impressed by your performance there.

First, let me give you a little background. I am a registered Republican and generally vote in that direction, although, I feel like I am becoming more and more of an Independent ... 

I am a 43 year old network administrator living in Fruitland Idaho. I have a daughter in college and have all the same issues that any parent with a college student faces. I have watched my 401K which was not that big anyway, shrink to near nothing. I am very concerned about my family’s future …

As I watch the [presidential] debates, I see and hear very immature people that would like to run our country. The poor vocabulary, the snide remarks, etc just show that they are not leadership material.

I did not see that in you. I watched Sali make those remarks to you and you handled them like a leader …

I intend to vote for you because I believe that you have our best interests at heart and I admire your accomplishments in life. People that can accomplish what you have are few and far between. I wish that I were more like you in that respect.

My one concern with any candidate is that I would want them to run government as I would my family, by that I mean, if times are lean, we should cut extravagancies, if we don’t have the money, we go without, stay out of debt and live within our means.

I would like to see someone who would really try to eliminate the wasting of my tax dollars, they were hard earned, I have to make them stretch and I would like to see you do the same. I would like to see less government intervention in our lives because anytime the government implements a program, it costs money for you and I.

I am convinced that my voting for you is the right choice, please don’t let me down. I would like to vote for Ron Paul for the Presidential election as I think he has a lot of qualities that I see in you …

God Speed,

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lewiston Tribune: Sali fights big spending, some of the time

By John Foster - Friday, October 24, 2008 at 09:15 AM

Another Lewiston Tribune editorial from the legendary Jim Fisher:

October 22, 2008

Rep. Bill Sali portrayed himself in a debate against challenger Walt Minnick Sunday evening as a tireless fighter against federal spending. But he’s no Ron Paul or Tom Coburn, two members of Congress whose “no” votes on big spending are more consistent. The U.S. House member from Idaho’s 1st District just has his own spending priorities.

Those priorities do not include safe bridges. Minnick criticized his vote against fixing them during the debate. The vote, which put Sali in another of the tiny minorities he often joins, passed the House 367-55. Included in the majority was Sali’s Republican seatmate in the House, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson.

As Minnick pointed out, federal highway authorities say more than two dozen bridges beneath Idaho highways are structurally deficient. And the bill Sali opposed will help target and fix the worst of them.

Neither do Sali’s priorities include sick children, especially the children of working poor people. They are the beneficiaries of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care to children of parents who work but neither receive insurance from their employers nor have the money to buy it.

When Sali voted against compromise legislation renewing SCHIP late last year, his vote not only differed from Simpson’s, but also from that of fellow conservative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Washington’s 5th District. At the time, McMorris-Rodgers called the compromise “a needed safety net to provide health insurance to those children who need it most.”

Sali charged that the bill “takes money from hard-working Americans while opening the door to provide health insurance to undocumented foreign nationals, including gang members, drug cartel operatives and terrorists.”

Yes, terrorists - aged from birth to 17 years.

Don’t conclude from these that Sali is a consistent critic of big spending, or even wasteful spending, though. Exhibit A in the case against that is his vote earlier this year for a $300 billion farm bill that continues huge subsidies to farmers enjoying the best crop prices in years, and provides those subsidies to couples making up to $1.5 million a year.

In his zeal to take money from hard-working Americans to turn over to wealthy farmers, Sali also supported the other two-thirds of the farm bill. Some of that was the usual pork going to pet projects in members’ districts, but much of it was money for food stamps and nutrition programs.

Is Sali prepared to say those stamps and those programs will not end up feeding undocumented foreign nationals, including gang members, drug cartel operatives and terrorists?

Of course not. But he’s willing to take that risk on legislation providing handouts to people who don’t need it. It’s legislation helping people who do need it that he won’t support. - J.F.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Non-voting delegates more effective than #423

By John Foster - Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 05:57 AM

We sent out a press release today reminding people about Bill Sali’s ineffectiveness as a Congressman. The anecdotal evidence abounds, but one non-partisan group actually has statistical evidence. Click here to read more.

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