Monthly Archives: June 2009

Role call of H.R. 2454

Quick & Dirty roll call of Cap & Trade bill.  See source here

 

Alabama

No

AL-1

Bonner, Jo [R]

No

AL-2

Bright, Bobby [D]

No

AL-3

Rogers, Michael [R]

No

AL-4

Aderholt, Robert [R]

No

AL-5

Griffith, Parker [D]

No

AL-6

Bachus, Spencer [R]

Aye

AL-7

Davis, Artur [D]

Alaska

No

AK-0

Young, Donald [R]

Arizona

Aye

AZ-1

Kirkpatrick, Ann [D]

No

AZ-2

Franks, Trent [R]

No

AZ-3

Shadegg, John [R]

Aye

AZ-4

Pastor, Edward [D]

No

AZ-5

Mitchell, Harry [D]

Not Voting

AZ-6

Flake, Jeff [R]

Aye

AZ-7

Grijalva, Raul [D]

Aye

AZ-8

Giffords, Gabrielle [D]

Arkansas

Aye

AR-1

Berry, Robert [D]

Aye

AR-2

Snyder, Victor [D]

No

AR-3

Boozman, John [R]

No

AR-4

Ross, Mike [D]

California

Aye

CA-1

Thompson, C. [D]

No

CA-2

Herger, Walter [R]

No

CA-3

Lungren, Daniel [R]

No

CA-4

McClintock, Tom [R]

Aye

CA-5

Matsui, Doris [D]

Aye

CA-6

Woolsey, Lynn [D]

Aye

CA-7

Miller, George [D]

Aye

CA-9

Lee, Barbara [D]

Aye

CA-10

Tauscher, Ellen [D]

Aye

CA-11

McNerney, Jerry [D]

Aye

CA-12

Speier, Jackie [D]

No

CA-13

Stark, Fortney [D]

Aye

CA-14

Eshoo, Anna [D]

Aye

CA-15

Honda, Michael [D]

Aye

CA-16

Lofgren, Zoe [D]

Aye

CA-17

Farr, Sam [D]

Aye

CA-18

Cardoza, Dennis [D]

No

CA-19

Radanovich, George [R]

Aye

CA-20

Costa, Jim [D]

No

CA-21

Nunes, Devin [R]

No

CA-22

McCarthy, Kevin [R]

Aye

CA-23

Capps, Lois [D]

No

CA-24

Gallegly, Elton [R]

No

CA-25

McKeon, Howard [R]

No

CA-26

Dreier, David [R]

Aye

CA-27

Sherman, Brad [D]

Aye

CA-28

Berman, Howard [D]

Aye

CA-29

Schiff, Adam [D]

Not Voting

CA-30

Waxman, Henry [D]

Aye

CA-31

Becerra, Xavier [D]

Aye

CA-33

Watson, Diane [D]

Aye

CA-34

Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D]

Aye

CA-35

Waters, Maxine [D]

No

CA-36

Harman, Jane [D]

Aye

CA-37

Richardson, Laura [D]

Aye

CA-38

Napolitano, Grace [D]

Aye

CA-39

Sanchez, Linda [D]

No

CA-40

Royce, Edward [R]

No

CA-41

Lewis, Jerry [R]

No

CA-42

Miller, Gary [R]

Aye

CA-43

Baca, Joe [D]

No

CA-44

Calvert, Ken [R]

No

CA-45

Bono Mack, Mary [R]

No

CA-46

Rohrabacher, Dana [R]

Aye

CA-47

Sanchez, Loretta [D]

No

CA-48

Campbell, John [R]

No

CA-49

Issa, Darrell [R]

No

CA-50

Bilbray, Brian [R]

Aye

CA-51

Filner, Bob [D]

No

CA-52

Hunter, Duncan [R]

Aye

CA-53

Davis, Susan [D]

Colorado

Aye

CO-1

DeGette, Diana [D]

Aye

CO-2

Polis, Jared [D]

No

CO-3

Salazar, John [D]

Aye

CO-4

Markey, Betsy [D]

No

CO-5

Lamborn, Doug [R]

No

CO-6

Coffman, Mike [R]

Aye

CO-7

Perlmutter, Ed [D]

Connecticut

Aye

CT-1

Larson, John [D]

Aye

CT-2

Courtney, Joe [D]

Aye

CT-3

DeLauro, Rosa [D]

Aye

CT-4

Himes, James [D]

Aye

CT-5

Murphy, Christopher [D]

Delaware

No

DE-0

Castle, Michael [R]

Florida

No

FL-1

Miller, Jeff [R]

Aye

FL-2

Boyd, Allen [D]

Aye

FL-3

Brown, Corrine [D]

No

FL-4

Crenshaw, Ander [R]

No

FL-5

Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]

No

FL-6

Stearns, Clifford [R]

No

FL-7

Mica, John [R]

Aye

FL-8

Grayson, Alan [D]

No

FL-9

Bilirakis, Gus [R]

No

FL-10

Young, C. W. [R]

Aye

FL-11

Castor, Kathy [D]

No

FL-12

Putnam, Adam [R]

No

FL-13

Buchanan, Vern [R]

No

FL-14

Mack, Connie [R]

No

FL-15

Posey, Bill [R]

No

FL-16

Rooney, Thomas [R]

Aye

FL-17

Meek, Kendrick [D]

No

FL-18

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]

Aye

FL-19

Wexler, Robert [D]

Aye

FL-20

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D]

No

FL-21

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]

Aye

FL-22

Klein, Ron [D]

Not Voting

FL-23

Hastings, Alcee [D]

Aye

FL-24

Kosmas, Suzanne [D]

No

FL-25

Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]

Georgia

No

GA-1

Kingston, Jack [R]

Aye

GA-2

Bishop, Sanford [D]

No

GA-3

Westmoreland, Lynn [R]

Aye

GA-4

Johnson, Henry [D]

Not Voting

GA-5

Lewis, John [D]

No

GA-6

Price, Tom [R]

No

GA-7

Linder, John [R]

No

GA-8

Marshall, James [D]

No

GA-9

Deal, Nathan [R]

No

GA-10

Broun, Paul [R]

No

GA-11

Gingrey, John [R]

No

GA-12

Barrow, John [D]

Aye

GA-13

Scott, David [D]

Hawaii

Aye

HI-1

Abercrombie, Neil [D]

Aye

HI-2

Hirono, Mazie [D]

Idaho

No

ID-1

Minnick, Walter [D]

No

ID-2

Simpson, Michael [R]

Illinois

Aye

IL-1

Rush, Bobby [D]

Aye

IL-2

Jackson, Jesse [D]

Aye

IL-3

Lipinski, Daniel [D]

Aye

IL-4

Gutierrez, Luis [D]

Aye

IL-5

Quigley, Mike [D]

No

IL-6

Roskam, Peter [R]

Aye

IL-7

Davis, Danny [D]

Aye

IL-8

Bean, Melissa [D]

Aye

IL-9

Schakowsky, Janice [D]

No

IL-10

Kirk, Mark [R]

No

IL-11

Halvorson, Deborah [D]

Aye

IL-12

Costello, Jerry [D]

No

IL-13

Biggert, Judy [R]

No

IL-14

Foster, Bill [D]

No

IL-15

Johnson, Timothy [R]

No

IL-16

Manzullo, Donald [R]

Aye

IL-17

Hare, Phil [D]

No

IL-18

Schock, Aaron [R]

No

IL-19

Shimkus, John [R]

Indiana

Aye

IN-1

Visclosky, Peter [D]

Aye

IN-2

Donnelly, Joe [D]

No

IN-3

Souder, Mark [R]

No

IN-4

Buyer, Stephen [R]

No

IN-5

Burton, Dan [R]

No

IN-6

Pence, Mike [R]

Aye

IN-7

Carson, André [D]

Aye

IN-8

Ellsworth, Brad [D]

No

IN-9

Hill, Baron [D]

Iowa

Aye

IA-1

Braley, Bruce [D]

Aye

IA-2

Loebsack, David [D]

Aye

IA-3

Boswell, Leonard [D]

No

IA-4

Latham, Thomas [R]

No

IA-5

King, Steve [R]

Kansas

No

KS-1

Moran, Jerry [R]

No

KS-2

Jenkins, Lynn [R]

Aye

KS-3

Moore, Dennis [D]

No

KS-4

Tiahrt, Todd [R]

Kentucky

No

KY-1

Whitfield, Edward [R]

No

KY-2

Guthrie, Brett [R]

Aye

KY-3

Yarmuth, John [D]

No

KY-4

Davis, Geoff [R]

No

KY-5

Rogers, Harold [R]

Aye

KY-6

Chandler, Ben [D]

Louisiana

No

LA-1

Scalise, Steve [R]

No

LA-2

Cao, Anh [R]

No

LA-3

Melancon, Charles [D]

No

LA-4

Fleming, John [R]

No

LA-5

Alexander, Rodney [R]

No

LA-6

Cassidy, Bill [R]

No

LA-7

Boustany, Charles [R]

Maine

Aye

ME-1

Pingree, Chellie [D]

Aye

ME-2

Michaud, Michael [D]

Maryland

Aye

MD-1

Kratovil, Frank [D]

Aye

MD-2

Ruppersberger, C.A. [D]

Aye

MD-3

Sarbanes, John [D]

Aye

MD-4

Edwards, Donna [D]

Aye

MD-5

Hoyer, Steny [D]

No

MD-6

Bartlett, Roscoe [R]

Aye

MD-7

Cummings, Elijah [D]

Aye

MD-8

Van Hollen, Christopher [D]

Massachusetts

Aye

MA-1

Olver, John [D]

Aye

MA-2

Neal, Richard [D]

Aye

MA-3

McGovern, James [D]

Aye

MA-4

Frank, Barney [D]

Aye

MA-5

Tsongas, Niki [D]

Aye

MA-6

Tierney, John [D]

Aye

MA-7

Markey, Edward [D]

Aye

MA-8

Capuano, Michael [D]

Aye

MA-9

Lynch, Stephen [D]

Aye

MA-10

Delahunt, William [D]

Michigan

Aye

MI-1

Stupak, Bart [D]

No

MI-2

Hoekstra, Peter [R]

No

MI-3

Ehlers, Vernon [R]

No

MI-4

Camp, David [R]

Aye

MI-5

Kildee, Dale [D]

No

MI-6

Upton, Frederick [R]

Aye

MI-7

Schauer, Mark [D]

No

MI-8

Rogers, Michael [R]

Aye

MI-9

Peters, Gary [D]

No

MI-10

Miller, Candice [R]

No

MI-11

McCotter, Thaddeus [R]

Aye

MI-12

Levin, Sander [D]

Aye

MI-13

Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]

Aye

MI-14

Conyers, John [D]

Aye

MI-15

Dingell, John [D]

Minnesota

Not Voting

MN-1

Walz, Timothy [D]

No

MN-2

Kline, John [R]

No

MN-3

Paulsen, Erik [R]

Aye

MN-4

McCollum, Betty [D]

Aye

MN-5

Ellison, Keith [D]

No

MN-6

Bachmann, Michele [R]

Aye

MN-7

Peterson, Collin [D]

Aye

MN-8

Oberstar, James [D]

Mississippi

No

MS-1

Childers, Travis [D]

Aye

MS-2

Thompson, Bennie [D]

No

MS-3

Harper, Gregg [R]

No

MS-4

Taylor, Gene [D]

Missouri

Aye

MO-1

Clay, William [D]

No

MO-2

Akin, W. [R]

Aye

MO-3

Carnahan, Russ [D]

Aye

MO-4

Skelton, Ike [D]

Aye

MO-5

Cleaver, Emanuel [D]

No

MO-6

Graves, Samuel [R]

No

MO-7

Blunt, Roy [R]

No

MO-8

Emerson, Jo Ann [R]

No

MO-9

Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R]

Montana

No

MT-0

Rehberg, Dennis [R]

Nebraska

No

NE-1

Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]

No

NE-2

Terry, Lee [R]

No

NE-3

Smith, Adrian [R]

Nevada

Aye

NV-1

Berkley, Shelley [D]

No

NV-2

Heller, Dean [R]

Aye

NV-3

Titus, Dina [D]

New Hampshire

Aye

NH-1

Shea-Porter, Carol [D]

Aye

NH-2

Hodes, Paul [D]

New Jersey

Aye

NJ-1

Andrews, Robert [D]

No

NJ-2

LoBiondo, Frank [R]

Aye

NJ-3

Adler, John [D]

No

NJ-4

Smith, Christopher [R]

No

NJ-5

Garrett, Scott [R]

Aye

NJ-6

Pallone, Frank [D]

No

NJ-7

Lance, Leonard [R]

Aye

NJ-8

Pascrell, William [D]

Aye

NJ-9

Rothman, Steven [D]

Aye

NJ-10

Payne, Donald [D]

No

NJ-11

Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]

No

NJ-12

Holt, Rush [D]

Aye

NJ-13

Sires, Albio [D]

New Mexico

Aye

NM-1

Heinrich, Martin [D]

Aye

NM-2

Teague, Harry [D]

Aye

NM-3

Lujan, Ben [D]

New York

Aye

NY-1

Bishop, Timothy [D]

Aye

NY-2

Israel, Steve [D]

No

NY-3

King, Peter [R]

Aye

NY-4

McCarthy, Carolyn [D]

Not Voting

NY-5

Ackerman, Gary [D]

Aye

NY-6

Meeks, Gregory [D]

Aye

NY-7

Crowley, Joseph [D]

Aye

NY-8

Nadler, Jerrold [D]

Aye

NY-9

Weiner, Anthony [D]

Aye

NY-10

Towns, Edolphus [D]

Aye

NY-11

Clarke, Yvette [D]

Aye

NY-12

Velazquez, Nydia [D]

Aye

NY-13

McMahon, Michael [D]

Not Voting

NY-14

Maloney, Carolyn [D]

Aye

NY-15

Rangel, Charles [D]

Aye

NY-16

Serrano, José [D]

Aye

NY-17

Engel, Eliot [D]

Aye

NY-18

Lowey, Nita [D]

Aye

NY-19

Hall, John [D]

Aye

NY-20

Murphy, Scott [D]

Aye

NY-21

Tonko, Paul [D]

Aye

NY-22

Hinchey, Maurice [D]

No

NY-23

McHugh, John [R]

Aye

NY-24

Arcuri, Michael [D]

Aye

NY-25

Maffei, Daniel [D]

No

NY-26

Lee, Christopher [R]

Aye

NY-27

Higgins, Brian [D]

Aye

NY-28

Slaughter, Louise [D]

Aye

NY-29

Massa, Eric [D]

North Carolina

Aye

NC-1

Butterfield, George [D]

Aye

NC-2

Etheridge, Bob [D]

No

NC-3

Jones, Walter [R]

Aye

NC-4

Price, David [D]

No

NC-5

Foxx, Virginia [R]

No

NC-6

Coble, Howard [R]

Aye

NC-7

McIntyre, Mike [D]

Aye

NC-8

Kissell, Larry [D]

No

NC-9

Myrick, Sue [R]

No

NC-10

Mchenry, Patrick [R]

No

NC-11

Shuler, Heath [D]

Aye

NC-12

Watt, Melvin [D]

Aye

NC-13

Miller, R. [D]

North Dakota

Aye

ND-0

Pomeroy, Earl [D]

Ohio

Aye

OH-1

Driehaus, Steve [D]

No

OH-2

Schmidt, Jean [R]

No

OH-3

Turner, Michael [R]

No

OH-4

Jordan, Jim [R]

No

OH-5

Latta, Robert [R]

Aye

OH-6

Wilson, Charles [D]

No

OH-7

Austria, Steve [R]

No

OH-8

Boehner, John [R]

Aye

OH-9

Kaptur, Marcy [D]

No

OH-10

Kucinich, Dennis [D]

Aye

OH-11

Fudge, Marcia [D]

No

OH-12

Tiberi, Patrick [R]

Aye

OH-13

Sutton, Betty [D]

No

OH-14

LaTourette, Steven [R]

Aye

OH-15

Kilroy, Mary Jo [D]

Aye

OH-16

Boccieri, John [D]

Aye

OH-17

Ryan, Timothy [D]

Aye

OH-18

Space, Zachary [D]

Oklahoma

Not Voting

OK-1

Sullivan, John [R]

No

OK-2

Boren, Dan [D]

No

OK-3

Lucas, Frank [R]

No

OK-4

Cole, Tom [R]

No

OK-5

Fallin, Mary [R]

Oregon

Aye

OR-1

Wu, David [D]

No

OR-2

Walden, Greg [R]

Aye

OR-3

Blumenauer, Earl [D]

No

OR-4

DeFazio, Peter [D]

Aye

OR-5

Schrader, Kurt [D]

Pennsylvania

Aye

PA-1

Brady, Robert [D]

Aye

PA-2

Fattah, Chaka [D]

No

PA-3

Dahlkemper, Kathleen [D]

No

PA-4

Altmire, Jason [D]

No

PA-5

Thompson, Glenn [R]

No

PA-6

Gerlach, Jim [R]

Aye

PA-7

Sestak, Joe [D]

Aye

PA-8

Murphy, Patrick [D]

No

PA-9

Shuster, William [R]

No

PA-10

Carney, Christopher [D]

Aye

PA-11

Kanjorski, Paul [D]

Aye

PA-12

Murtha, John [D]

Aye

PA-13

Schwartz, Allyson [D]

Aye

PA-14

Doyle, Michael [D]

No

PA-15

Dent, Charles [R]

No

PA-16

Pitts, Joseph [R]

Aye

PA-17

Holden, Tim [D]

No

PA-18

Murphy, Tim [R]

No

PA-19

Platts, Todd [R]

Rhode Island

Not Voting

RI-1

Kennedy, Patrick [D]

Aye

RI-2

Langevin, James [D]

South Carolina

No

SC-1

Brown, Henry [R]

No

SC-2

Wilson, Addison [R]

No

SC-3

Barrett, James [R]

No

SC-4

Inglis, Bob [R]

Aye

SC-5

Spratt, John [D]

Aye

SC-6

Clyburn, James [D]

South Dakota

Aye

SD-0

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]

Tennessee

No

TN-1

Roe, Phil [R]

No

TN-2

Duncan, John [R]

No

TN-3

Wamp, Zach [R]

No

TN-4

Davis, Lincoln [D]

Aye

TN-5

Cooper, Jim [D]

Aye

TN-6

Gordon, Barton [D]

No

TN-7

Blackburn, Marsha [R]

Aye

TN-8

Tanner, John [D]

Aye

TN-9

Cohen, Steve [D]

Texas

No

TX-1

Gohmert, Louis [R]

No

TX-2

Poe, Ted [R]

No

TX-3

Johnson, Samuel [R]

No

TX-4

Hall, Ralph [R]

No

TX-5

Hensarling, Jeb [R]

No

TX-6

Barton, Joe [R]

Not Voting

TX-7

Culberson, John [R]

No

TX-8

Brady, Kevin [R]

Aye

TX-9

Green, Al [D]

No

TX-10

McCaul, Michael [R]

No

TX-11

Conaway, K. [R]

No

TX-12

Granger, Kay [R]

No

TX-13

Thornberry, William [R]

No

TX-14

Paul, Ronald [R]

Aye

TX-15

Hinojosa, Rubén [D]

Aye

TX-16

Reyes, Silvestre [D]

Aye

TX-17

Edwards, Thomas [D]

Aye

TX-18

Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D]

No

TX-19

Neugebauer, Randy [R]

Aye

TX-20

Gonzalez, Charles [D]

No

TX-21

Smith, Lamar [R]

No

TX-22

Olson, Pete [R]

Aye

TX-23

Rodriguez, Ciro [D]

No

TX-24

Marchant, Kenny [R]

No

TX-25

Doggett, Lloyd [D]

No

TX-26

Burgess, Michael [R]

Aye

TX-27

Ortiz, Solomon [D]

Aye

TX-28

Cuellar, Henry [D]

Aye

TX-29

Green, Raymond [D]

Aye

TX-30

Johnson, Eddie [D]

No

TX-31

Carter, John [R]

No

TX-32

Sessions, Peter [R]

Utah

No

UT-1

Bishop, Rob [R]

No

UT-2

Matheson, Jim [D]

No

UT-3

Chaffetz, Jason [R]

Vermont

Aye

VT-0

Welch, Peter [D]

Virginia

No

VA-1

Wittman, Rob [R]

No

VA-2

Nye, Glenn [D]

Aye

VA-3

Scott, Robert [D]

No

VA-4

Forbes, James [R]

Aye

VA-5

Perriello, Thomas [D]

No

VA-6

Goodlatte, Robert [R]

No

VA-7

Cantor, Eric [R]

Aye

VA-8

Moran, James [D]

Aye

VA-9

Boucher, Frederick [D]

No

VA-10

Wolf, Frank [R]

Aye

VA-11

Connolly, Gerald [D]

Washington

Aye

WA-1

Inslee, Jay [D]

Aye

WA-2

Larsen, Rick [D]

No

WA-3

Baird, Brian [D]

No

WA-4

Hastings, Doc [R]

No

WA-5

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]

Aye

WA-6

Dicks, Norman [D]

Aye

WA-7

McDermott, James [D]

No

WA-8

Reichert, Dave [R]

Aye

WA-9

Smith, Adam [D]

West Virginia

Not Voting

WV-1

Mollohan, Alan [D]

No

WV-2

Capito, Shelley [R]

No

WV-3

Rahall, Nick [D]

Wisconsin

No

WI-1

Ryan, Paul [R]

Aye

WI-2

Baldwin, Tammy [D]

Aye

WI-3

Kind, Ronald [D]

Aye

WI-4

Moore, Gwen [D]

No

WI-5

Sensenbrenner, F. [R]

No

WI-6

Petri, Thomas [R]

Aye

WI-7

Obey, David [D]

Aye

WI-8

Kagen, Steve [D]

Wyoming

No

WY-0

Lummis, Cynthia [R]

 

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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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Freedom of Speech: Now Playing in Tehran, but Not Toledo

I’ve been following the Iranian protests these last days – like a lot of people.  I’ve been on Twitter (too much) retweeting credible information in a small effort to help.

But it’s made me wonder: what are these courageous people really doing?  Standing up and demanding to have their voices heard.  Standing up and demanding that their leaders be fair to all.  Standing up and demand that the truth be told.

All reasonable and justified goals, in my mind.

And Americans and the world by and large are supporting their demands and echoing the sentiment.

And yet, when hundreds of thousands of people have gotten together at Tea Parties here to say the same thing, what happened?  They are mocked, ridiculed, dismissed and marginalized. That whole ‘tea bagger’ thing is vile and illustrates my point.  Did the media and progressives belittle women’s suffrage, equal rights movements, pro-choice, anti-war, Darfur, pro-gay, anti-God, save the freakin’ trees, bees, whales & seals?  Is it only those people or issues they agree with that are supported and those they abhor that are held up to disdain?  If you love free speech, shouldn’t you support my right to express mine?

Could it be that half a world away, tyranny comes into focus more clearly than it does in Austin or Billings or Cincinnati or Buffalo? Could it be that simply because a party is in power doesn’t mean that the opposition shouldn’t have a voice in Tehran, but it’s perfectly alright if the Democrats ignore the 47% of the country who did not vote for President Obama.  They claim a mandate based on less than six percentage points and respond “we won, you lost” when challenged on their agenda.

Official election results claim Ahmadinejad won the election.  Whether that’s true or not, if he is returned to power, does that mean that his political party should be able to do whatever they wish whenever they wish to whomever they wish?  Does a presidential win mean that stoning women in the street is fine because those in power wish it?  Does it justify keeping people in poverty to pursue personal goals (like nuclear weapons)?  Does it mean that those who aren’t with you deserve no consideration? 

I do not agree with  President Obama’s agenda.  That’s why I didn’t vote for him.  Just because he won the White House should not mean that my voice should be silenced. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid do not have the right to quash honest debate and the exchange of ideas in the House and Senate.  This is what a representative government is supposed to provide.  The party in power should not ramrod legislation through without a full and honest discussion of the facts of the matter – cost, ramifications,  pros/cons.   According to Dante’s description, I reckon most politicians can already comfortably fit into several of the circles of hell – yet they just can’t stop compounding their sins – this makes them gluttonous, Circle 3 and there you go.  Problem is, they use the American people and our futures to accomplish their goals in this little game.  It is about power and how much you can grab.

The protesters in Iran want their voices heard.  It’s a sad day in American when I have a better chance at being supported in Tehran than in Toledo.

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To My Representatives Re: Cap and Trade

Here is a copy of the email I sent to my representatives yesterday via Visible Vote:

 

My name is {insert name}. You are my elected representative.  As you know, Ohio has some the of the highest corporate, income and personal taxes as well as unemployment and utilities rates in the nation. 

The cost of living continues to increase, however my salary cannot keep up the pace. 

Yet Congress continues to spend.  It spends my money under the assumption that I am working for YOU. 

We’ve been forced to alter our lifestyle but Congress refuses to alter their spending. 

I cannot afford to continue to subsidize those who will not pull their own weight and I cannot afford to finance every Congressional whim. 

ENOUGH.  Vote NO on cap and trade.  Do not lay another spending bill at my door.  Keep your hands out of my pocket. Stop enslaving this country. We cannot afford this out-of-control government you are forcing down our throats.

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Cap and Trade – End of the American Lifestyle

From the Heritage Foundation:

Cap and Trade Top Ten List
1. Cap and Trade Is a Massive Energy Tax
2. It Will Not Make A Substantive Impact on the Environment
3.
It Will Kill Jobs
4. It Will Cause Electricity Bills and Gas Prices to Sharply Increase
5. It Will Outsource Manufacturing Jobs and Hurt Free Trade
6. It Will Make You Choose Between Energy, Groceries, Clothing or Haircuts.
7. It Will Be Highly Susceptible to Fraud and Corruption
8. It Will Hurt Senior Citizens, the Poor, and the Unemployed the Worst
9. It Will Cost American Families Over $3,000 a Year
10. President Obama Admitted “Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket” under a cap-and-trade program. (January 2008)

See the rest of the piece here.

If this passes, American life as we know it will cease.  Call or write your representatives today.

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I, American – There must be someone…

I heard this letter written by an Arizona woman to the politicians read on Glenn Beck’s program the other day.  I was hoping he would post it.  He has.  It’s the perfect letter.  I wish I had written it.  I hope it does some good, I fear it will not.  Post this letter (with proper attribution, please), twitter the link below, print it and send it to your friends.  Notify your representatives about this letter, tell them to read it and understand it.  Tell them it represents your views.

Link here

Text follows

I’m a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you’re willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I’m not a racist. This isn’t to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don’t you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don’t you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don’t trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we’ll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let’s have it. Let’s say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let’s just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I’m busy. I’m busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don’t want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we’re morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we’re so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn’t ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when he will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don’t care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

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