Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Her Biggest Fan
Rep. Kaptur is appearing in a Michael Moore movie about the evils of capitalism Another Poster that illustrates the need for term limits if we’re ever to get back to enjoying the benefits of a Constitutional Republic. First, we must stop the headlong rush into the welfare state with its unsustainable promises and spending inevitably resulting in reduced freedoms, opportunities and prosperity. Entrenched politicians like 15-term Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) carry the blame for the massive $16+ trillion debt we’re passing on to our children.
Kaptur’s main claim to fame is that she is currently the longest-tenured woman in the House; she ranks 25th out of 435 members in seniority and serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. At a House committee hearing her questions about the sub-prime mortgage crisis were intended for the then Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson, but she was actually questioning Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman. She said, “Seeing as how you were the former CEO of Goldman Sachs…” Bernanke corrected her but it was clear that she had no clue. Long seniority puts people like her in positions for which they have had no relevant experience, no real life experiences outside of government jobs and politics.
The experience she did have after college was with the Lucas County Plan Commissions from 1969 to 1975 and as director of planning for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs from 1975 to 1977. She later was a domestic policy advisor during the Carter Administration. Kaptur earned a Master’s Degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan in 1974 and did post-graduate study in urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.
After introducing the World War II Memorial Act to the House of Representatives in 1987, 1989, 1991, it finally was passed in 1993. The legislation authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a World War II memorial. And a fine memorial it is.
Another area where she has an intense interest is on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights issues. Her votes for gay marriage, for adoption by homosexual couples and virtually all GLBT bills got her a 75% rating by The Human Rights Campaign indicating a strong pro-gay rights stance. On the other side of that coin is the Family Research Council’s lowly 6% rating on pro-family issues.
In a Youtube piece, Kaptur urged Americans facing foreclosure to “be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave -- Possession is nine-tenths of the law.” Foreclosures in her district skyrocketed 94% last year. Is that responsible adult behavior?
Under some pressure from the tea parties -- “Joe the Plumber” is a constituent and soon to be challenger for her seat in Congress-- Marcy Kaptur expressed strong opposition to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s tactyics in:
•Forcing Congress to rush the stimulus spendidng decision.
•Disarming the public through fear. Controlling the media enough to ensure that the public will not notice that this bailout will indebt them for generations taking from them trillions of dollars they earned and deserved to keep.
•Controlling the playing field (hiding info from the public, holding private hearings, and private teleconferencing calls).
•Diverting attention and keeping people confused.
•Having the goal to privatize gains and socialize losses.
After all that rhetoric she voted for the bailouts and stimulus bills and she laid all of the blame on Wall Street executives for their greed and held them responsible for the crisis saying, “You have perpetrated the greatest financial crimes ever on this American Republic. You think you can get by with it because you are extraordinarily wealthy, and the largest contributors to both presidential and congressional campaigns in both major parties.” [See Posters for Chris Dodd and Barney Frank to begin to determine blame for the financial crisis.] She went on to suggest that the Federal Regional Reserve Banks should have a new job to help renegotiate mortgages and any refinancing gains should return a major share of any profits to a new Social Security and Medicare lock box. Brilliant!
She backed The American Clean Energy and Security Act inserting an amendment that would authorize the Secretary of Energy to create power marketing authorities in regions where none currently exist. One such area would be in her district, the Great Lakes region. Kaptur said the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation could serve as the vehicle for administering up to $3.5 billion in loans from taxpayers (more debt!) to stimulate economic development through creation of green energy such as solar power and wind power. We know how well that worked out --think Solyndra for starters. Kaptur said the $3.5 billion would promote "regional equity" and serve as a powerful engine for job creation in a region that has suffered from high energy costs --as if solar and wind would reduce those costs.
In 1996, Kaptur was asked by Ross Perot to be his vice presidential running mate because, like him, she was an anti-free trade protectionist. They both opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement –remember Perot’s “giant sucking sound" of American jobs heading to Mexico if NAFTA passed? She wasn’t quite that stupid and turned him down. She consistently voted against job-creating trade bills most recently with Singapore, Peru, Columbia, Panama and Korea despite the high unemployment in her district in order satisfy the unions. Union $upport insures reelection which is Job#1 for career pols, so they take priority over constituents.
She was listed by the Nation magazine, self-described as he "flagship of the left," in its “Most Valuable Progressives” awards as the “Most Valuable House Member” in 2008. But the congresswoman is often at odds with members of her own party over her position against free trade and abortion. As expected for a progressive Democrat, her voting record puts her at the bottom of the Citizens Against Government Waste ratings –at a lifetime 10%, she is determined to be “hostile” to taxpayers. She was CAGW's "Porker of the Month" in July 2010. Confirming her progressive credentials, the American Conservative Union rates her at a lowly 15% while the leftist Americans for Democratic Action rates her highly at 85%. The Club for Growth gives her a "7" lifetime of a possible 100 for her growth-stifling voting record and her numerous votes against efforts to curb earmarks. For a comprehensive record of her votes go to www.ontheissues.org/OH/Marcy_Kaptur.htm
Marcy Kaptur is a Big Spender of taxpayer’s money and that resulted in the huge national debt being passed on to our progeny --generational theft of colossal proportions! Would a term-limited representative succumb to such spending? Maybe, but far less likely than a professional politician whose reelection depends on appeasing the leadership of the party and giving lobbies what they want in exchange for campaign money. You can help promote Sen. Jim DeMint’s proposed constitutional amendment to term limit Congress by signing the petition at www.termlimits.org.