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An Email from Rep. Adam Kinzinger

11:22 AM, Nov 18, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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I received an email yesterday from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Ill.) that he's given me permission to post, as I thought it would be of interest to our readers. Here it is:

Bill,

All this haggling over a tax rate made me realize one thing... We have failed to explain what conservatism really means.  Immigrants who have come here since Reagan have never had a strong spokesman for conservatism, and in a world where the prevailing worldview is through a spectrum of government, this concept is insanely foreign.

I don't care what tax rates are, they are all random number derived from haggling and negotiations.   What I want is a small government with a strong and fierce military that can kill our enemies and break their toys, legitimate safety nets that provide food and not a way of life, and some roads and bridges.  Put that vision into action and set the tax rates at a percent that covers those costs.   And once you have our payment, leave us the hell alone.  That my friend, is conservatism.

The musings of a soon to be sophomore congressman.

Adam Kinzinger

Sent from my iPhone

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