Monday, March 21, 2011

A Classic Scammer

updated 3/3/2015
AFT!  She's finally retiring but way too late --a couple $trillion too late
“To compel a person to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” --Thomas Jefferson

(updated with term limit vote on 2/5/12*)
So when politicians pass bills that give taxpayer money to individuals and organizations that I disapprove of I call that tyrannical per Mr. Jefferson. I don’t approve of my tax money going to government radio and TV (NPR and PBS) or ACORN or Planned Parenthood or any other group –and there thousands of them—that live off hard-working American taxpayers. Not only do I personally disapprove but so did the Founders as there is no place in the Constitution that approves of these appropriations. But Barbara A. Mikulski approves of them, all right –they are her lifeblood. Her system, learned during 40 years in politics, is the classic scam of robbing Peter to pay Paul who then contributes to her campaign.

A most recent example as described by Isaac MacMillen of ALG News Bureau: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has come under heavy left-wing fire for her attempts to keep ACORN and others from using taxpayer money for political purposes. House Resolution 1388, the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act” (more commonly called the “GIVE Act”), was designed to help President Obama fulfill his campaign pledge to multiply the number of (paid!) volunteers, at taxpayer expense. But when the House voted to expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 (at a cost of billions of additional tax dollars), they also passed the Foxx amendment, limiting the ability for groups receiving federal funds to engage in lobbying activities. The amendment would also preclude certain political front groups from even receiving government funds. And that is good news for the American taxpayer.

Under Rep. Foxx's amendment, organizations simply cannot receive tax funds if they fall under, among others, one of the following categories:
• Lobbyist
• Political Party
• For-profit
• Labor organization

And the organizations that are eligible may not use the funds to engage in the following highly political activities:
• Lobbying
• Endorsing or opposing legislation
• Sponsoring events that oppose or endorse legislation
• Petitioning for political causes
• Staging protests, boycotts, or strikes
• Engaging in or interfering with union organizing

Reading the list, one is left nodding his or her head, and simply saying, “Well, of course.” Unless that one, it turns out, happens to be Sen. Barbara Mikulski, her fellow Senate Democrats or ACORN, and its cronies. …. Ms. Mikulski, in what may be a new world's record in transparent duplicity, substituted her own amendment for the Foxx Amendment. Senator Mikulski removed the prohibitions on lobbyists, political parties, union organizations, and for-profits from accepting funding. Which means that, under the Mikulski Amendment, ACORN, et al, may have all of the taxpayer funds they wish…” For an update on ACORN click here One Bite at a Time.

If she stays in office until March 17, 2012, she will become the longest-serving female member in the history of the US Congress yet she has never held a chairmanship of any full standing committee in the Senate. She has a master’s degree in social work which she applied to her first job after college: community organizing against construction of a highway. Mikulski was elected to the Baltimore city council in 1971 and to the US Congress in 1976 where she stayed until being elected to the Senate in 1987 where she has been ever since.

With a lifetime rating of near zero from both Citizens Against Government Waste and the Club for Growth one can logically deduce that she is one of those lawmakers that have voted to create the current $16+ trillion dollar debt and also voted to stunt the growth of the economy. A bad combination but understandable from a lifetime politician who, like our other Posters, have had no real life experience.

Her history is one of following the Party Line upholding the traditional Tax-Spend-Elect philosophy of careerists in politics. It works –for them, not for taxpayers. She voted on 2/2/12 AGAINST the proposed amendment to limit the terms of congress and it was defeated* but we'll have another vote in the next session and so we're trying to get a million signatures on a petiton to help in that cause; please sign up at thanks.

*to see how your Senator voted: hint: All Democrats but Joe Manchin of WV voted AGAINST the reform even though they know full well that a super-majority of their constituents are in favor of term limits.

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