Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Masters of the Liberal Plantation

We shouldn’t have to mention the fact obvious to any honest American that the color or shade of one’s skin is not a meaningful distinction to differentiate among ourselves. Actual discrimination by race is long gone in our society. Using long past abuses to gain some advantage today is just a political ploy.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is a monolithic group with virtually identical voting records, disgusting behavior and a complete disregard for their oaths of office. They lack the knowledge, principle and integrity to hold their high positions, but unfortunately, there they are: All of them, but one, Poster boys for term limits. Let's look here at just one more. We’ve already reviewed Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel (a co-founder of the CBC), James Clyburn, John Conyers and Hank Johnson.

Congressman Alcee Lamar Hastings, born September 5, 1936, represents Florida's 23rd congressional district, a post he has held since 1993. He spent ten years as a federal judge (1979-1989), but was (oh, my!) impeached and removed from office for corruption and perjury--making him a perfect candidate for Congress and the CBC. He was only the sixth federal judge in American history to be impeached and removed from office. (For more details, see Alcee Hastings in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia).

Students of Congress probably think that a bribe-taker who sullied his high office like that would fit right in as one of “the worst of a bad lot.” But how does one of such low reputation get elected over and over again? He has had some reputable opposition but they couldn’t come close. And that, of course, is the point of this blog: Entrenched politicians have such power and money derived from their offices that challengers have little chance of unseating them. Part of the reason that blacks like Hastings can be elected and stay in office indefinitely almost no matter what they do is the federal mandate that districts be established with majority black populations. Blacks vote overwhelmingly for Democrats so no Republican need apply. Many Republicans also favor this racial districting because it then concentrates more of their likely voters in their own districts. Politics has become a slimy, self-serving business. They don't call D.C. the District of Corruption for nothing.

In September 2008, Alcee made controversial statements on vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying: "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks." He made the comment at a panel discussion sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council. He talks a lot about "civil rights" but nobody ever thought he was civil.

The Congressional Black Caucus is, by definition, racist. Yet this is generally overlooked by Congress as a whole. A notable exception was Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts who famously called the group, “race hustling poverty pimps.” Because he voted as a conservative, they labeled Rep. Watts an “Uncle Tom.”

Because Democrat party policy is to chose chairmanships by seniority rather than by competent experience in the committee subject some of the worst of a bad lot are in powerful positions and cause more harm than good. The gerrymandered districts insure reelection of the black pol in predominant black district thus guaranteeing seniority eventually. Republicans have term limits on chairmanships.

The Criminal Caucus
Hastings is not the only CBC member tainted by scandal as we’ve seen in previous posters.

There’s the case of another bribe-taker, nine-term Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson. The FBI found $90,000 in cash in his home freezer in 2005, yet he was reelected in 2006. He is currently residing in other federal facilities as a result of his eventual conviction. That is one of the few ways congressmen have been term-limited.

At one point in the 111th Congress in 2008 eight lawmakers were under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters. All eight of them were CBC members.

Membership in the Caucus is limited to black legislators –they don’t say it but if you’re a Republican or a black conservative, don’t bother. Just ask Gary Franks who was the first Republican member. He was Chairman of the Republican Party Task Force on Civil Rights that produced the 1991 Civil Rights Bill which passed by the largest plurality of any past Civil Rights Bill. And he was a supporter of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. He played a significant role in passing the Welfare Reform Act in 1995 that gave a new life to so many who were stuck on welfare. Yet he was much maligned by the Black Caucus.

Will recently elected conservative Republican Mia Love be welcomed in the Black Caucus? 

It is a rare member of the Caucus who is not reelected with little or no opposition. Of course, that is also true, although to a lesser degree, of the the Congress as a whole. From its history we can conclude that the CBC is not so much a “Black” caucus as it is a Liberal Caucus --and a far left one at that. It routinely plays the “race card” to pursue its welfare state goals which are closely tied to the member’s reelection campaigns. By promising their constituents freebies from the government they are overwhelmingly retained.

The Caucus opposes education reform such as school vouchers or teacher tenure rules which keep bad teachers in the classrooms especially in minority schools. It favors ever higher minimum wage laws that have the effect of preventing the poorly educated from getting their first job; black youth unemployment is around 50%! Since blacks on average have shorter life spans they receive a lower return on their Social Security payroll taxes. Yet, the CBC opposes Social Security reform such as privatization which would give their constituents ownership of their pension accounts and a chance to build an estate. This practice is often referred to as “keeping them on the Liberal Plantation.”

We started with Alcee Hastings so let’s complete this poster by recognizing his time at the public trough. Like most of the other poster children, he spent the bulk of his life on government payrolls after getting a law degree. He's been sued for sexual harassment and has raised concerns about how he spent overseas travel funds. In 2012, Judicial Watch ranked Hastings as being the largest practitioner of nepotism employing his girlfriend  --to the tune of over $600,000!--on his congressional staff.

No surprise that the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union has rated Hastings “F” for every year in Congress which earns him the appellation “Big Spender.” His long tenure helps explain our $17+trillion national debt. The Club for Growth gives him a score of “4” out of 100 which means he routinely votes against programs that promote growth in the economy. Specifically, he votes against trade, reform of Social Security, regulation reform, school vouchers, lower marginal tax rates and limiting spending.

Last week Alcee whined about his low pay and at a committee hearing he insisted he should be paid more. $175,000/yr, a huge pension plus all kinds of perks and God knows what else he scrounges on the job just isn't a fair wage for a man of his accomplishments --in his humble opinion.

So there you have it: Alcee Hastings and the Congressional Black Caucus. Another strong argument to term limit Congress. Sign the petition: http://www.termlimits.org/ 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Proud Progressive



Professional politician, Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin, (D-WI), began her political career in 1986 on the Dane County Board of Supervisors and a year on the Madison City Council. Then in 1983 onto the Wisconsin Assembly representing the most liberal Madison district before being elected to Congress in 1998; after 7 terms was elected in 2012 to the US Senate succeeding Herb Kohl.   So, another Poster Child has spent the bulk of her life in government with little or no experience in the private sector. Her voting record, as you’ll see below, shows that inexperience in a lack of understanding of economics and what makes for freedom and prosperity. 

Current problem
Ron Honl, a whistleblower from the Veterans Administration in her district came to her many times with evidence of the need for an investigation pleading with her to intervene but she ignored him.  She not only did not act on the information she didn’t even pass it along to someone who could have followed up. She had for several months the information regarding the exceptional high rate of opiate prescriptions coming out of the Veterans Affairs center in her district. Three deaths there linked to the overmedication are being investigated by the VA Inspector General and Baldwin is lawyering up as the Republican party of Wisconsin and now one of top aides are going after her in connection with the matter. 

She fired the aide offering her a generous severance package with a confidentiality agreement. The aide, Marquette Baylor, rejected the deal and is considering a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Baldwin, an avowed lesbian.

Baldwin describes herself as a proud progressive and her voting record proves it –she is one of the most liberal members of Congress. She along with many of our Poster Children is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  The CPC supports strong environmental laws, government control of healthcare, unlimited support for labor unions, same-sex marriage, much higher income taxes and many more welfare programs among other big government  issues of a statist nature.

Her support of obamacare is over the top: she even voted for a bill (HR 525) to give veterinarians obamacare grants and benefits. Being a lesbian she was an early supporter of same-sex marriage --in 1994 while in the Wisconsin legislature she proposed legalizing same-sex marriage in her state.

By Their Votes Ye Shall Know Them 
With that brief background you’d expect conservative scorecards to be very low rated and you’d be right: HeritageAction rates her lifetime 16%; Conservative Review grades her “F” at 4%. Liberal rating from Americans For Democratic Action gets 95% for the last year they publish.

 The respected independent public policy groups that follow the voting records for a specific purpose, not partisan politics, are instructive:  Citizens Against Government Waste calls the Junior Senator from Wisconsin “Hostile” to taxpayers at 4% --in contrast the State’s Senior Senator Ron Johnson who is applauded as a “Super Hero” to taxpayers at 100%.  The Club for Growth shows her at 5% in favor of economic freedom for votes favoring free trade, free markets, rational tax policy affecting job creation, growth and prosperity. Again, Sen. Johnson is at 95%.   The National Taxpayers Union gives her an “F,” their Big Spender category.
There are numerous groups that rate congress from one view or another but these are instructive sufficient to understand Sen. Baldwin as one who favors Big Government statism over individual freedom. As we said in the beginning, her lack of real world experience, never having to work for a living or raising a family in the environment created by the laws she passes on the people affects her votes.

 Unarguable Testimonial from one who knows from experience
Our argument for term limits is that instead of career politicians we need turnover so that those elected can go home and live under the laws they passed. Sen. George McGovern had a long career in politics but after he retired he went into business –a hotel with bar and restaurant and convention services—which went bankrupt after two years. “In retrospect, I wish I had known more about the hazards and difficulties of such a business,” McGovern said about his first real experience in the private sector.  “I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. Senator and a more understanding presidential contender.”  Career politicians are destroying the Republic!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” -George Washington

The Father of our Country was the real father of term limits here by setting the standard of two terms for president. Our Founders knew that a limited government was the only way to avoid power-seekers from ruling over us. They also knew that citizens without a strong moral basis government would get out of hand.  And grow it did—and the less virtuous are disproportionately attracted to it.  

This blog tries to show how career politicians are corrupting our whole system of constitutional rule of law for their own benefit, mainly for their reelection to stay at the trough.  Some of them like Harry Reid and the Clintons have become very wealthy in public office.  You don’t get rich on the salaries from those jobs. It was supposed to be ‘public service’ offered by mostly successful business and professional citizens, like George Washington, who want to offer their experience, time and effort for a period in keeping the freedoms and prosperity that come from our system of individual liberty and responsibility.  No more.

About 95% of incumbents are reelected. Is it because they’re so good at keeping their oaths of office?  At the start of each new Congress the House and the Senate perform a solemn constitutional rite that dates back to the First Congress in 1789:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The vast majority of our elected representatives violate this oath almost every time they are in session.  Look at the “CRomnibus” bill they just passed so-called because it is a combination of the Continuing Resolution and the Omnibus spending bill.  It is loaded with, literally, hundreds of expenditures prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.  Heritage Action commented, “This legislation funds President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.” Sen. Ted Cruz raised a constitutional point of order against the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending that would have sent the bill back to the House to remove amnesty funding. But, a group of Republicans** joined the Democrats in voting to reject Cruz's point of order and to ignore the serious constitutional problems within the CRomnibus. By funding the entire government for a specified period instead of individual departments and functions in normal order our self-serving reps avoided their responsibility to review, change and approve budgets submitted by the president.

   Since 2009, Obama and Harry Reid have unconstitutionally refused to accept any new budget originated in the House of Representatives but instead have insisted on "amendments" which allow them to keep borrowing $trillions –now up to $18 trillion! That is all being piled on our children and grandchildren. Talk about taxation without representation! 

Only by limiting terms of office can congress be changed enough to get back to the limitations of the “rule of law,” a constitutional republic –the system that made us free and prosperous when adhered to.  Term limits is a costless reform that has been proven successful in the laboratories of democracy --the 15 states that have enacted them.  My state of Florida is great example.

*There are numerous books documenting how career politicians “…extract your money, buy votes, and line their own pockets” --EXTORTION by Peter Schweizer explains the process and names names. 
  But These 24 Senate Republicans voted to waive the Constitution and did so after being given a mandate by voters to stop obama’s dictates, betrayed us all:   Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO),  John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Dan Coats (R-IN), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI),  Mark Kirk (R-IL), John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roger Wicker (R-MS)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Earmark Porker

A multiple recipient of the dubious distinction “Porker of the Month” from Citizens Against Government Waste tells you right away that this career politician helped grow the $18 trillion deficit created by profligate government spending. His most recent dishonor from CAGW was earned by his second attempt to restore earmarks (his first was March, 2012).  House Republicans rebuffed Rep. Roger’s effort to earmark projects for “state, locality, public utility or other public entities.” Earmarking led to congressional corruption, including the incarceration of members, staff, and lobbyists who used the process to buy votes. “A return to earmarking would again entice members to vote-trade, hold back-room deals, and increase wasteful spending,” declared CAGW President Tom Schatz. “Voters awarded Republicans control of the Senate and a larger majority in the House in order to [restore regular order to the budget process and cut the bloat that continues to plague government]: A return to the bad old days of earmarks would be a repudiation of that mid-term election message.” For attempting to reinstate earmarks instead of focusing on fiscal restraint, CAGW names Rep. Rogers the November 2014 Porker of the Month. Read more about the Porker of the Month.

     Alabama Representative Mike D. Rogers (R-3rd) was a successful lawyer and is now a professional politician who will begin his 7th term in 2015.  Getting reelected is Job #1 for career pols and earmarks help in buying votes with taxpayer money. And voting for deficit spending in favor of grateful special interests –campaign contributors—also raises cash and dissuades qualified opponents from running against such advantages.  The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union gives Rogers a “C” meaning he is the middle range and definitely not a “Taxpayers’ Friend.”

     Rogers is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge vowing to commit, in writing, to oppose all tax increases.  The implied commitment is to not create spending that must be paid by increased taxes. Virtually all of our poster children ignore that part.  In fact, the governor of his state, also a signer of the Pledge proposed eliminating tax deductions for Alabama families as a means for solving his overspending problem.  Get this: Republican Gov. Bentley says that eliminating deductions is not the same as raising taxes.  Hello?  The families’ taxes go up as a result but he doesn’t call it a tax increase? 

     On social issues Rogers has voted in opposition to abortion and gay marriage; supported an amendment to declare that people retain the right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including schools. He cosponsored legislation to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. He sponsored a bill expressing the continued support of Congress for equal access of military recruiters to institutions of higher education.

     He has acted to protect the Armed Services industry in his area.  On the Armed Services Committee, he opposed military base closures and won passage of a bill that would assure that universities would provide access to their facilities for military recruitment purposes and ROTC.

     He dissented with the Morocco free trade agreement to protect the Alabama textile industry; and votes to continue price supports for Big Sugar –protections that raises costs to virtually all consumers. His votes in support of increased food stamps (SNAP) and against work requirements for able-bodied on welfare also raise costs to taxpayers.  For a clear explanation of Rep. Rogers' voting record see Heritage Action Scorecard and decide for yourself if we need term limits to rotate these big spenders out of office.  

     He actually sponsored legislation making it illegal to satirize or in any way parody the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Oh my! We don’t want to criticize the government, do we?  

     Mike D. Rogers is not the worst of the “worst of a bad lot” but he leaves a lot to be desired for his big deficit spending that puts his three children and all of our children in enormous debt. Trying to pay the interest alone will greatly reduce their opportunities in life. Term limits is the one costless reform that would enable successful professional and business people willing to come to congress as a civic duty, not a career. We need the benefit of successful experience in the private sector –something we have very little of now in congress.  Most are lawyers or others who have never worked in any productive aspect of the economy.  See https://termlimits.org/ustl-petition/ on how you can help by at least signing the petition.


Friday, December 5, 2014

A Tax Cut is an Expense?

 Rep. Steny Hoyer once was nominated for “Porker of the Year” by Citizens AgainstGovernment Waste* for refusing to acknowledge that Washington has a spending problem and instead asserting, "The country has a paying-for problem. We haven’t paid for what we bought; we haven’t paid for our tax cuts; we haven’t paid for war." Representative of Maryland’s 5th  district since 1981, Steny Hamilton Hoyer is currently second in rank in the House Democratic Leadership behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. To a career politician with no experience in the private sector (he did some lawyering) tax cuts are an expense that have to be paid for.  How do we “pay” for a tax cut?  See answer below.  *CAGW calls Hoyer “Hostile to Taxpayers” for his votes for waste and extravagance.

Back to the real world and Steny Hoyer’s impact on the country.  The spending that hasn’t been paid for will be his legacy: The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union gives him an “F” for every year for over 20 years—this failing grade places him in the "Big Spender" category.  He sure knows how to spend but lacks any idea of how to pay for it.

One way to pay for such extravagance is to earn more and one way for a country to earn more is to have a strong vibrant growing economy –just as back in the real world, if you spend you need a job to earn enough to pay for it. Am I right or am I right?  The Club for Growth  knows that so they urge congress to vote for economy-building bills and against economy killers. Again, Steny disappoints with another failing grade of 8% -- a long way from 90 -100% that earns the Club’s appellation “Defender of Economic Freedom.”   A growing economy generates tax revenue --and tax cuts pay for themselves as they help stimulate the economy. Presidents Kennedy and Reagan so dramatically and successfully proved that with their tax-cutting policies. Our Poster Children could learn from history if their goal was have to have a free and prosperous society.  Unfortunately, their goals are more concerned with reelection and power and, too often, with leftist ideology.

Check out Rep. Hoyer’s record as rated by the conservative Heritage Action Scorecard that covers more bills not just those regarding waste, taxes and growth like the three non-partisan groups cited. Also, check out Americans for Democratic Action for the liberal ratings.  At 13% from Heritage Action and 75% from the ADA ,  Rep. Hoyer confirms his statist bent. Look at his votes and judge for yourself.  He never votes against spending or for any limitation on government or for economic freedom/growth and so he is a major reason for the $18 trillion debt being charged to our posterity. 
           His stands on issues of the day: Against the Second Amendment, for gun control; Pro taxpayer-paid abortion; For raising income taxes; Against deportation of illegals; Supports same-sex marriage.  Check the various scorecards for individual votes on these and the other issues.

 Term limits on congress would go a long way to eliminating incentives for career pols like Hoyer to continue spending without limit. Now, about 95% of incumbents are reelected with few seats seriously contested. Incumbents have such huge advantages in money from lobbies for special interests and they have name recognition. Those advantages are too daunting in time, effort and expense required for a civic-minded person to offer to represent the interests of the taxpayers for a specified period. It is proven in the states that have limited their legislators’ terms that fresh blood often brings in reps that are successful in business and professions and are not as concerned about reelection as they are about civic duty.  Many now come in with experience in the private sector that they can put to use on behalf of their constituents –something few, if any, of our poster children ever have. 




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Politician, hypocrite is thy name

Career politicians will say what they think you want to hear, join a cause that they think will appeal to the most voters; and they'll spend your money on whatever they think will buy them the most votes.  It might impoverish future generations but again, so what? They'll be gone by then. The theme throughout is hypocrisy
During a recent five hour hearing on a House Republicans’ lawsuit against President Obama, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY 28) launched into a tirade reported in the Wall Street Journal by Kim Strassel. Strassel decried its disingenuousness and utter hypocrisy. The suit targets Obama’s unilaterally changing core provisions of the so-called Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare.  Slaughter called the law suit a “political stunt...timed to peak as the midterm elections are happening.” She said the Republicans, half of the House, are running to the judicial branch and that a lawsuit against the president is “certainly not the correct way to resolve [a] political dispute.” A lawsuit against the president, she declared is “preposterous.”
 Here’s the hypocrisy part.  In 2006 she sued president Bush over a bill that reduced some spending on Medicare and student loans. Also plaintiffs in the suit were other Poster Children --John Conyers, John Dingell, Charles Rangel, JamesOberstar, Barney Frank, Pete Stark and other Democrats, half of the House.  Ms. Strassel mused that maybe her suit had “slipped her mind.” Among the interesting facts in the article was that 44 other lawsuits seeking standing were filed over time 70% by Democrats and the reason they failed was because they were “political stunts.”
This recent hypocritical display is quite common among the professional politicians who have been in congress a long time. Rep. Slaughter is the oldest woman in congress and has been in there since 1986! And prior to that she was in the New York legislature since 1975 with an interim stint with the
Governor Cuomo administration. Lifetime politician.  
Her voting record is one of tax & spend. Our favorite scorecard is the one by conservative Heritage Action because it covers more of the important bills and can be referenced simply by going here. Liberals/progressives can easily score the politician from their view by using the rating percentage in reverse.  AT 8% on this scoring you know she’s right up there as a major cause of the nation’s $18 trillion debt.  With a rating of  8% she’s a major cause of the nation’s $18 trillion debt.  No matter what it was for or how much it cost, if the money was there or not, she voted for spending –for 28 years!
 The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union has consistently rated Slaughter a “Big Spender.”  Citizens Against Government Waste (non-partisan) calls her “Hostile to Taxpayers.”  See the history here .   The liberal/progressive Americans for Democratic Action is proud to give Rep. Slaughter a 95% rating –see those votes for the 112 congress here .   The Club for Growth rates on votes affecting growth of the economy, job creation and fiscal soundness without considering social issues. The Club found a vote somewhere to give her a lifetime score of 5% --a killer of jobs and the economy. There are other scorecards and ratings groups but these are indicative of how our Poster votes.  

Wikipedia notes: Slaughter is one of the most liberal and progressive members of the New York congressional delegation from upstate New York, and in the 110th Congress, was the most progressive member of the entire House of Representatives according to the National Journal.  Among representatives from upstate, only fellow Democratic Representative Maurice Hinchey has a lower lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union.  She is one of several Democratic congressmen and senators who post at Daily Kos, a Democrat-oriented blog. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Slaughter    

 In early 2005, she authored the Fairness and Accountability in Broadcasting Act, which would reinstate the [UN]Fairness Doctrine to limit influence of opposing views on talk radio. Slaughter said she wants to see the ban on assault weapons restored, background checks bolstered and gun shows eliminated. She said doctors should be allowed to ask about guns in the home. So much for the first and Second Amendments. Another item that must have slipped her mind is her oath of office which goes like this:
   I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

 Now do you understand why we desperately need term limits on congress?  www.termlimits.org      go there and sign the petition in favor of term limits on congress.  Thank you!





Monday, May 19, 2014

The World According to Sheila Jackson Lee

·         The U.S Constitution is 400 years old

·         In 1969 Astronaut Neil Armstrong planted the flag on another celestial body. Mars.

·         "Christian militants" are as big a threat to America as Islamic radicals

·         North and South Vietnam are today living peacefully side by side

·         Congressmen oppose Obama's efforts to raise the debt limit because he is black
And then there's this beaut:
·         Congress should stop passing laws and help Obama create executive orders instead

 Just who is this person who wants Obama as king? 
Sheila Jackson Lee is a nine-term Democrat from Texas’ 18th Congressional District and a member of the Socialist Party of America. She is one of the many serious contenders in “the worst of a bad lot” contest. During a speech on the House floor in March she claimed that the United States Constitution is 400 years old!   Really! 

She gets the Congressional bonehead award for asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong! Rep. Vernon Ehlers quipped, “We just don’t teach enough science.” Worse, she   is a member of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee. Perhaps some committee reassignments are in order. 

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, convened a June 2011 hearing to consider threats against the U.S. posed by radical Islam. At the hearing Rep. Lee suggested that "Christian militants" posed a comparable threat to the rule of law in the United States as Islamic radicals.

Just last year, Jackson Lee went on seven-day trip through Asia and stuck the taxpayers with the $23,646 bill. That is just ONE Congresswoman taking ONE trip. But, she is not alone… career pols routinely take extravagant foreign trips at taxpayers expense.
It gets worse: She told the House Judiciary Committee that the “penalty” the health-care law imposes on individuals who do not buy health insurance is not, in fact, a penalty. The law itself states: “If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) [having a government-approved health-insurance policy]… there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual.” Elsewhere, in a section entitled “Payment of Penalty,” it says that individuals failing to carry a government-approved health insurance policy must pay a maximum penalty of $750. In her view, however, this language does not actually impose a penalty: “I would make the argument, one, that instead it is an incentive to do right--that it is not penalizing because penalty is punishment,” Jackson-Lee told the Judiciary Committee.

During the debt ceiling debate, who thought of race being a factor in some way? For Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who often plays the race card to deflect attention from issues at hand, of course they are relatedThe Hill reported that Jackson Lee thinks members of Congress are purposely making it difficult for President Obama to raise the debt ceiling because he is black.  She uses the race card so much that one of our correspondents exclaimed that “the "card" must really be worn and torn by now!”

The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus, including Sheila Jackson Lee. She favors socialist regimes and has urged better relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, which she describes as a friendly nation. She said the U.S. should reconsider its ban on selling F-16 fighter jets and spare parts to that country. The U.S. State Department bans such sales due to "lack of support" for counter-terrorist operations and Venezuela's anti-American relations with Iran and Cuba.
A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx.~ Ronald Reagan
 In July 2010 Jackson Lee said: "Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.” Of course, Vietnam had not been split for four decades.

Speaking in July 2010 at the NAACP national convention, Jackson Lee compared the Tea Party to the KKK  apparently not aware of, or just not caring, that they are exact opposites on virtually on every facet of their existence...nor that the KKK was created by the Democrats not the Republicans. I checked this next one out twice because I couldn’t believe it, but it appears to be true...
This right out of Snopes: A black congresswoman (this would be Sheila Jackson Lee, of Houston) reportedly complained that the names of hurricanes are all Caucasian-sounding names. She would prefer some names that reflect African-American culture such as Chamiqua, Woeisha, and Jamal. She would also like the weather reports to be broadcast in 'language' that street people can understand because one of the problems that happened in New Orleans was, that black people couldn't understand the seriousness of the situation, due to the racially biased language of the weather report. I can hear it now: A black weatherman in Houston saying... -see the funny, somewhat profane report  http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/hurricane.asp#dw4mEH syuxtscQhl.99

Go to Bing or Google if you want to see many of her other ridiculous comments. One quote you’ll find among them is someone saying this about her, “If stupidity was a weapon, Sheila Jackson Lee would be a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb.”

How did she get there?  She went to high school in Queens, NY and then for a political science degree at Yale followed by a JD from the University of Virginia. Affirmative action? Moved to Houston when her husband got a job there and Houston Mayor Whitmire appointed her to a judgeship in 1987; ran for a council seat in Houston and served there until 1994 when she ran for congress and has been there ever since. She has one of the highest staff turnovers in Congress going through 11 chiefs of staff in 11 years.  In 2011 she was named the "worst boss in Washington" by Daily Caller.  The Huffington Post stated that Jackson Lee regularly appears on Washingtonian magazine's list of the meanest member of the House of Representatives.

Voting record
As you’d expect, Heritage Action, the conservative scorecard, rates her very liberal (read: progressive) at 19%; non-partisan National Taxpayers Union gives her a grade of “F” as Big Spender; non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste calls her “Hostile to Taxpayers”; non-partisan Club for Growth record shows that she votes her socialist anti-free market philosophy consistently at near zero for economic growth Progressive Americans for Democratic Action gives her an 80% rating for 2112 (the latest available) –she missed several of their Bills.
Any wonder that with these Poster Children in there forever that the national debt is rising daily –a debt children not even born yet will have to pay.  How important are term limits on Congress?