Blue Dog Democrats Voting for Cap and Trade

26 06 2009

There are 52 Blue Dog Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition.

22 of them voted Yes on Cap and Trade (HR 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act) earlier this evening, in a bill that narrowly passed the House 219-212. That’s just over 42% of supposedly “conservative” Democrats voting Yes on a VERY liberal piece of legislation than no one had a chance to even read.

Baca, Joe (CA-43)  225-6161
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)  225-3631
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)  225-3806
Boyd, Allen (FL-02)  225-5235
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)  225-6131
Chandler, Ben (KY-06)  225-4706
Cooper, Jim (TN-05)  225-4311
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)  225-1640
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)  225-2542
Gordon, Bart (TN-06)  225-4231
Harman, Jane (CA-36)  225-8220
Hill, Baron (IN-09)  225-5315
Michaud, Mike (ME-02)  225-6306
Moore, Dennis (KS-03)  225-2865
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)  225-4276
Peterson, Collin (MN-07)  225-2165
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)  225-2965
Schiff, Adam (CA-29) 225-4176
Scott, David (GA-13)  225-2939
Shuler, Heath (NC-11)  225-6401
Space, Zack (OH-18)  225-6265
Thompson, Mike (CA-01)  225-3311

If you live in any the blue areas below, and your representative’s name is listed above, you need to replace them with a conservative Republican. No excuses.

Blue Dog district map

Blue Dog district map

I count 9 that are from southern states that depend largely on farming. At least 2 others are from mostly conservative states (OH and AZ). We only needed 7 of these 9 to defeat the bill. Every one of these 22 needs be replaced in 2010.

Many are jumping on the  8 GOP turncoats who voted Yes: Bono Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, McHugh, Reichert, and Smith(NJ). But these are mostly RINO’s. Are we really that surprised?

Michelle Malkin asks of the 8 GOP turncoats: “We still want to know: What were your payoffs/earmarks?” Who will ever know?

Dan Spencer at RedState is on the right track:

… it is possible to pass such a plan with a whopping seven vote margin – 219-212, with less than 4% of the favorable votes coming from the loyal opposition and more than 20% of the negative votes coming from the majority party.

It does make wonder what is hidden in all those pages that no Representative really had a chance to read, let alone study, that made the Democrats so determined to avoid a real honest to goodness debate.

I’m more surprised at the 22 of 52 Blue Dogs that voted Yes than I am of the 8 GOP turncoats. But I’m also more confident that conservatives can recruit and elect conservative Republicans in most, if not all, of these 22 districts.

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Democrats Were Wrong

2 10 2008

After the video from a 2004 Congressional hearing that ties the Democrat party to the mortgage crisis, Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL) had this to say:

“Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie. I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004. Frankly, I wish my Democratic colleagues would admit when it comes to Fannie and Freddie, we were wrong. By the way, I wish my Republican colleagues would admit that they missed the early warning signs, that Wall Street deregulation was overheating the securities market and promoting dangerously lax lending practices. When it comes to the debacle in our capital markets, there is much blame to go around for both sides.”

Mr. Davis is to be commended for going against Madame Pelosi and calling his own party out on this issue. But his effort to share blame with the Republican party is fundamentally flawed. The mess we’re in is not a result of lax regulation on Wall Street. It is a direct result of the efforts of credit-happy liberals. Democrats, in their pursuit to equalize every Americans’ economic status, were determined to give a house to everyone, regardless of ability to pay or even legal citizen status. If you can stand up straight and breathe, you can get a home and have the “American dream.” This began with Bill Clinton and progressed (liberals love that word) into this colossal calamity today. The only failure on the Republican party is not putting their foot down when they had a majority.





Video: More Evidence Implicating Democrats

1 10 2008

Democrats have been quick to attempt to share blame with Republicans for the mortgage crisis. If that were true, wouldn’t something have surfaced by now? 

Ed Morrissey breaks it down:

By 2004, all of the elements of the current financial collapse had been in place for several years.  The aggressive approach to enforcing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) started under Bill Clinton in 1998, and the seemingly endless appetite for paper by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had turned massive amounts of bad loans into mortgage-backed securities to spread their cancer throughout the system.  In 2004, a year after the Bush administration tried to tighten regulation and oversight on Fannie and Freddie, Congress was told yet again that disaster loomed.  The Democratic response is instructive to seeing who really sat back and allowed this collapse to occur. 

Highlights of this eight-minute video:

Maxine Waters: Through nearly a dozen hearings, we were frankly trying to fix something that wasn’t broke.  Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Franklin Raines.  [Raines would barely avoid prosecution for fraud.]

Gregory Meeks: … I’m just pissed off at OFHEO [the regulators trying to warn Congress of insolvency at the GSEs], because if it wasn’t for you, I don’t think we’d be here in the first place.  … There’s been nothing that indicated that’s wrong with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac has come up on its own … The question that then comes up is the competence that your agency has with reference to deciding and regulating these GSEs.

Lacy Clay: This hearing is about the political lynching of Franklin Raines.

Barney Frank: I don’t see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems.

Take a good look through this video in 2004, and ask yourself who on this panel wanted more regulatory oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and which members spent their time attacking the regulators.  When Barack Obama talks at debates about how the past eight years of regulatory laissez-faire created the problem, he may want to review the transcripts of these hearings and note that Democrats repeatedly undermined regulators and called them everything from incompetent to bigoted in their rush to keep the status quo at Fannie and Freddie.

The Democrats attacking the regulator here didn’t do so out of some deep conviction against government regulation.  They wanted to keep the gravy train rolling on questionable mortgages in order to endear themselves to the working class, and didn’t mind smearing the OFHEO regulator as a racist in order to succeed.  The Republicans who wanted more oversight didn’t demand it as socialists looking for a government takeover of the financial sector, either, but because they saw the impending disaster looming for Fannie Mae.

I don’t suppose liberals have any similar evidence (otherwise, we would have already seen it) pointing to Republicans. 

It’s a shame that:

  1. Alternative media (blogs, talk radio) has to pound away at this for over a week before Americans begin to get the message that Democrats are to blame for this mess.
  2. Many don’t understand the importance of how we got here and who is to blame.  It’s more than simply a political “blame game.” We don’t want put power and money back in the hands of those that got us here in the first place. 
I find it quite hypocritical that liberals want to dismiss proper blame for this crisis (which all falls on them) while they’ve spent the last 5 (five!) years blaming Republicans for allegedly “lying” about the War on Terror. When Democrats get on board with the war, like the rest of America, then maybe they’ll be justified in calling for non-partisan blame assignment. But Republicans are already past it anyway. As witnessed by the Senate bailout bill, Republicans have risen above partisan politics and have done what is best for America, even if they didn’t like everything in the bill. And that is something Democrats haven’t been able to do in 5 years.




Video: How We Got Here – The Mortgage Crisis

26 09 2008

A few clarifications: This video blames Democrats for how we got here, which is accurate in many ways. Republicans, though, are not completely off the hook. They had a majority in both houses of Congress when they warned off the dangers and did not put their foot down like they did on the War on Terror, for example. 

As I said before, greed led to this bursting of the bubble. 

– Democrats are guilty of getting the ball rolling.

– Republicans are guilty of not stopping it.

– The American people are guilty of believing the illusion of our rapid-rising equity to say anything. 

Understanding how we got here is not simply hindsight. We need to keep it in mind so we don’t repeat the same mistakes. What do we do now that the bill has come due for our foolish living standards?

– Democrats need to pressure Chris Dodd and Barney Frank to recuse themselves from any solution-making process. 

– Republicans need to demand new legislation exclude government’s false idea of lending. No more GSEs, no more CRAs. Just qualified oversight and practical regulation. 

– The American people need to buy within their means and learn to stop living on so much credit.

Others: Hot Air, Michelle Malkin.





Kill [the] Bill: We DON’T Have to Have this Bailout

24 09 2008

 

Kill the Bill

Kill the Bill

Via Michelle Malkin:

We don’t have to have this trillion-dollar bailout shoved down our throats.

You can make a difference.

Make your voice heard now. Every second counts: 202-224-3121.

It’s already working. Peter Viles at L.A.Land:

A key quote in this morning’s Senate hearing about the Paulson bailout is worth repeating. This comes from Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat:

“Like my colleagues, my phones have been ringing off the hook. The sentiment from Ohioans about this proposal is universally negative.”

Not “overwhelmingly negative.” Not “deeply suspicious.” Not “extremely upset.” Universally negative.

I’ll state the obvious: Members of Congress aren’t generally in the habit of passing historic and spectacularly unpopular legislation five weeks before election day.

Conservatives should consider making a special call to John McCain’s office. He’s playing politics and waffling on this while American taxpayers have a huge tab at risk.





Let the Drilling Begin

24 09 2008

Finally. Starting October 1, the moratorium on off-shore drilling will be lifted. States will no longer have any federal restrictions. The Democrats have relinquished the issue to Republicans at long last.

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in an months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

Does this mean drilling can begin? As soon as the states and the federal government lease the lands. But the states aren’t likely to do so without revenue sharing, something the Democrats are still trying to block. But that’s expected to cede soon as well.  

Ed Morrissey is right on:

This puts quite the capper on the 110th.  Not only did Democrats fail to achieve their broad policy goals, they failed on almost every specific goal they set in 2006.  They failed to stop funding the Iraq war, they failed to impeach George Bush, and they surrendered on energy policy.  Their only policy goal achieved — an increase in the minimum wage — came in a war-funding bill.

This battle may have been won, but the larger war for a rational energy policy continues.  Congress has to pass a revenue-sharing bill with the states in order to get investment started in American production — a process that will create American jobs and keep our wealth in the US rather than overseas.  With the meltdown in the financial markets still looming, this could not come at a better time.

Since the Democrats have conceded oil production, I wonder if these failures still think it’s the War in Iraq that got them elected in 2006.





Tax Me so I too can be Patriotic

19 09 2008

Joe Biden insulted every American today with is remarks about taxes yesterday:

CANTON, Ohio — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday called Republican John McCain’s answers to the current economic crisis “the ultimate bridge to nowhere” and said that paying higher taxes would be patriotic for wealthier Americans.

“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden said. Of those who would pay more, he said: “It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

So, the millions of Americans that are poor and middle class aren’t worthy of this “level” of patriotism, according to Joe Biden. And what about the wealthy? Since when is higher taxes (government theft of income) a prerequisite for patriotism? Patriotism is reflected more in the lives of those who have donated their time, money, and other resources to the disadvantaged. Paying higher taxes is not patriotic. It makes the wealthy a victim of theft. 

Joe Biden made $2.9 million last year and only gave $900 to charity. Talk about unpatriotic. 

Patriotism is not having more money forcefully taken from the wealthy and given to Joe Biden so he can spend it on government programs. Patriotism is about sacrifice and giving. Joe Biden obviously knows nothing about that. He could deliver one humdinger of a speech on how to hoard for oneself and spend other peoples’ money.

The scope of government, as outlined in the Constitution by the Founders, is to punish evil and commend good. Paying taxes for those purposes are patriotic. Beyond that, it’s theft and no amount of liberal government programs at the taxpayer expense justify an increased patriotism. Americans don’t want a government that will do everything for them. We don’t even want the government to “stand beside us,” as Michelle Obama thinks. Americans want the government to get out of our way. Just stay within the scope of the rights we the people grant you the government and nothing else. WE will stand beside the country, as the song goes, when need be.