UPDATE x1: Here's an example of how differently Democrats view taxpayers than how Republicans do.
Democrat Congressman Bill Enyart (IL-12) gifted district constituents with taxpayer-funded Christmas calendars (see below), Republican Congressman Peter Roskam sent out 2014 calendars, too.
But there are two key differences between Enyart's Christmas mailing and Roskam's: Roskam's calendars were paid for by his own funds, and featured his wife Elizabeth's original paintings.
Taxpayers - both Democrat and Republican - paid for Congressman Enyart's.
See the difference below the fold:
LEBANON - Wednesday, Lebanon's Nick Miller got an oversized envelope from Congressman Bill Enyart's (IL-12) office. Miller, who is a Republican on the St. Clair County Board thought it had something to do with county business. He opened it up to find a gift: a 2014 calendar mailed to him at taxpayer's expense.
"When I first saw the envelope, and the text 'This mailing was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense,' I assumed he was sending me something related to my position on the county board - not that I could figure out what that could be," Miller told Illinois Review.
"Given that I’m a relatively outspoken Republican in St. Clair County, I can’t imagine I was on Enyart's 'Nice' list for Christmas," said Miller. "This makes me think he mailed these calendars to all elected officials within his district. His district that covers twelve counties."
Rep. Enyart's Chief of Staff Kevin Kern wasn't "available for comment" when called twice for a response. And the congressman's staff would not reveal how many of the calendars had been sent to district constituents, to whom they were sent, or how much the mailing cost taxpayers.