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!





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