Thursday, July 06, 2006

MIKE ROGERS: MICHIGAN'S MOST CORRUPT AND EXTREME CONGRESSMAN-- FUNNY HOW THOSE TWO FACTORS ALWAYS SEEM TO GO TOGETHER

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There are two Mike Rogers in the House. Both are right wing Republicans. One is from the heart of Alabama's Buy Bull Belt and the other is from a moderate central Michigan district encompassing the heavily Democratic Lansing area and heavily Republican Livingston County (white refugees from Detroit). If I asked you to guess which of these two was more of an extremist and fanatic, you'd have to say Mike Rogers from Michigan to be correct. When it comes to issues involving the well-being of the middle class, DMI has each scoring a zero and assigns each an F rating. But when you examine their records more deeply, you find that Michigan Mike is not just the most extreme right wing congressman from the state of Michigan, you find his 3.81 Progressive Punch score is one of the most abysmal of any congressman anywhere. Michigan Mike is one of the most reactionary and least moderate of any congressman regardless of political party with a voting record very much mirroring out-and-out kooks like J.D. Hayworth and John Doolittle on a scale of extremism).

But the truly destructive nature of Rogers' tenure as the 8th congressional district's representative in Congress is far worse than just his voting record would indicate. Rogers' grotesque role in the Republican Culture of Corruption goes way beyond the tainted funds he has received from crooks like DeLay, Boehner, Blunt and Team Abramoff (around $50,000). Rogers is one of the most bought-off politicians by Big Business of any congressman of either party. And he serves their interests well-- much to the detriment of his central Michigan constituents.

Although Michigan Mike has led a jihad against any government oversight of the gas and oil industries, always votes to give them huge taxpayer subsidies, and fanatically fought all attempts to stop gasoline price gauging-- for which the oil and gas industries have rewarded him with over $150,000 in legal bribes-- an even more egregious and repulsive role Mike has claimed for himself is as affordable health care's worst enemy in the entire Congress. But after greedily taking nearly $300,000 in legal bribes from Big Pharma and HMOs, is this a shock to anyone?

Put aside for a moment that Rogers has been an hysterical opponent of the kind of stem cell research being urged by Nancy Reagan and put aside for a moment that Rogers led the battle to pass the Corporate-written National Uniformity for Food Act (H.R. 4167) which interferes with the right of more progressive and enlightened state governments from putting warning labels on questionable packaged food. Instead, let's look at Rogers' repulsive and disgraceful role in denying his own constituents the right to affordable health care. More in the pocket of the for-profit-regardless-of-consequences Corporate Health Care Industry than anyone else in the House of Representatives, Rogers has taken it upon himself to viciously attack anyone who urges Congress to do something effective about solving the Health Care crisis in this country. When his own Michigan constituents, mostly the poor and elderly, started looking for less expensive prescription medicines in nearby Canada, it was Rogers who led the way to criminalize this. McCarthy-like, he violently berates and smears congressional witnesses urging universal health care or anything that would interfere with the billions and billions of dollars of profits made by the Pharmaceutical industry that had been making him rich and powerful with their "generosity." (Ironically, while he was fighting like his life depended on it to deprive Michigan residents of affordable health care, he was also voting against-- one of only two congressmen from Michigan to do so-- John McCain's amendment to outlaw torture by U.S. personnel.) Mike Rogers is a very, very disturbed man; many who have watched him say sociopathic. He doesn't belong in public office.

So what are people in Michigan doing about it? Democrats, independents and even moderate Republicans have united around Fighting Dem and former FBI agent, former CIA agent and former Republican Jim Marcinkowski. (You may recognize him as someone who was interviewed on 60 Minutes and on Nightline after Bush, Cheney and Rove exposed the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in an act of political retribution against her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson.) Marcinkowski seems like a patriotic, rational moderate Democrat well-suited for Michigan's 8th CD. He is campaigning against unwarranted government intrusion into peoples' lives and for Main Street Values over Wall Street Values (the issue where his whacko opponent is weakest). He has staked out positions very contrary to Rogers' priorities of always coming to the aid of the rich and powerful against ordinary people. He is doing his best to get voters to focus on the export of jobs, Rogers' refusal to back an increase in the minimum wage, and Rogers' assistance to corporations who dump pensions with predatory bankruptcy laws that protect corporations and destroy the lives of the middle class.

There are few races as clear cut as the congressional battle in Michigan's 8th CD-- a thoroughly corrupt corporate shill and extreme right wing hack being taken to task by a mainstream, straight-arrow citizen who is just plain fed up and unwilling to take it any more.

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27 Comments:

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That was a mouthful.

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're on to bringing light to the community with what many of us were suspicious of, but might not have had the ability to get it down to words. Congress members have to represent their local constituents first; if we don't have that representation it's time for a change.

 
At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like conservatives leave and go live in a socialist country.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger jeanarrett said...

How about if you don't like liberals and Democrats, you go live in a fascist country--oh, wait. . . you already are.

 
At 4:51 AM, Anonymous mark said...

Mike votes for war in Iraq with no exit strategy.....
Mike supports his President 100%, even shines his shoes for him.....
Mike returns from his umpteenth Iraq fact finding mission, with his usual "I see progress being made".....
Mike calls democrats defeatists, says they're in league with terrorists.....
Mike criticizes the President's Iraq policy (but nobody's believing or buying it!)

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not quite true post-election -- now we in Michigan have rightwing wackball Tim Walberg in a neighboring district. This knee-jerk reactionary thinks the world is flat and electricity is a trick from Satan.

As for Rogers, the Abramoff money is out there and easy to find. Any more detail on his ties to tainted money?

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He also refuses to co-sponsor HB 82 which has to do with GPO and WEP. It time to look to the next election and vote someone new in there.

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would like to see what he votes on he will send you an email once a week. That way you will see first hand what he is all about. If you are a Conservative you will like him and if you are a liberal you won't. Prove he has taken money from the pharmaceutical companies. Liberals are good at lying and all the way to the Presidency.

 
At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your an idotc

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIKE ROGERS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

 
At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one can possibly accept you as a serious intellectual debater. The reason is, your hateful words more resemble a childish tantrum during an immature playground spat between children, than rational, intelligent adults. Children sling hateful words and childish adjectives like you do as their only weapon because they have undeveloped intellects therefore their only weapon is to fight by throwing slanderous insults. This is what you do, and that alone is a red flag to alert any intelligent person that you should be avoided because you can not even see clearly enough through your own hatred to speak truthfully or honestly. Your intent with your derogatory adjectives and personal attacks are obviously to slander those who oppose you in principle and position and hope in so doing to falsely slant the opinion of readers who are simply followers of others, who are too lazy to seek out the truth for themselves. If that is your following, so be it ... enjoy the frenzy of your dishonesty and vitriolic hatred. It is self destructive and intellectually dishonest, and to any intelligent person, your words not only make yourself look foolish, but you lose the credibility of your position. As for me I'm okay with that because I think you are wrong, but people owe it to themselves to listen to intelligent, meaningful debate, not this useless garbage. If you keep preaching and sewing hatred, eventually people will wake up and see there are honestly other points of view that also have some merit and should be objectively considered. Unfortunately you are only contributing to a bigger problem instead of contributing to a solution. I challenge your readers - be your own thinkers ... listen carefully to what both sides say, and hear it from their own mouths, not hate-filled vitriolic slander like you read on this site. Move away from this garbage and on to honest debate that presents many positions so you actually know what they really are, then make an intelligent choice for what is right for your family and what is most beneficial for our country.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is a hypocryte...He asks why 85% of Americans who have health ins should pay for those who don't as if we are lazy or something of that nature...Well most of us (the 15%) used to have jobs but have been downsized...Is that our fault...Nooooo...My job was shipped overseas with Republican blessing...I went back to school and reeducated at the cost of several thousands only to have that job also shipped over seas and here I am once again with out health insurance...This is my fault...??? His frigging insurance is provided by my tax dollars...yet I can't have access to the same health care that he has...His salary is supported by my tax dollars...All of his big business friends in Wall Street and Automaker land were rescued with my tax dollars...I did not hear him complaining then about irresponsibility...!!! What a BS artist...lets ship his frigging job to India and terminate his healthcare package...He'll cry like a little baby then...!!

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a negative exponent to express the I.Q. of this useful idiot ??? My God! How did such a large segment of the Americans get so damn stupid??? I’m British, but can’t even deal with such idiocy… Somebody tell this idiot how terrible things have gotten in Britton with Government Controlled Medicine and Totalitarian Environmentalism. I left because it’s such a horrible nightmare, and these fools attack a true representative like Mike Rogers??? Words can’t express the ignorance…

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're from Britain but you cannot even spell it correctly? Are there any truthful conservatives or even Republicans left?

 
At 8:41 PM, Blogger Jshortie said...

Here is the real story. In this system of government (and I use that term loosely) there are either extreme right wing conservatives or extreme left wing liberals with too few centrists in the middle who are most apt to reach common ground.

All of you extremist politicians are fools because you fail to see the disdain of the American electorate. The electorate have had the insatiable desire for political common ground on the issues that affect them on a daily basis and through the days, weeks, months, years and decades. People, it's been entire generations of political dysfunction that we have come to bear because this two party system is in a complete checkmate.

So, the result for us Americans is a diet of deception, lies, hate, anger, distrust, misinformation, special interest, power, control, clandestine activity, and just about any other dysfunctional words that you can conger up to describe the political norm.

"We, the people", Let me say that again "We, the people", we are not being served, we are being served-up. Who are you politicians? We don't know you! Yes, we elected you, but time and again we lose track of who you are because you became something we are totally unfamiliar with, and we therefore digress in our will to involve ourselves in this pathetic political process. You are losing us, we are losing you, and in the process we are losing the American democratic system.

What's next? I will tell you. Vote every politician out of office and start over with people who aspire to serve their country and their people so that we can take this country back. You broke it, you fix it! Stop this crap now or we will fix it! WE ARE FED UP! WE ARE FED UP! WE ARE FED UP!

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Benjamen Ober said...

I'm pretty sure that political commentators on both sides of the aisle confuse correlation and causality with respect to PAC donations. Is Michigan Mike against the regulation of oil companies and gas prices because of campaign contributions? Maybe. But it is just as likely that oil companies support his campaign efforts because they know he stands for a position favorable to their bottom line. Unless you have statistical regression proving that Michigan Mike is selling his vote to oil companies, I would be careful throwing around corruption charges. Anecdotes and speculation hold little water---wither the data?

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This video says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G44NCvNDLfc

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to vote out all uncumbent radicals on both sides & try to start over. Hopefully with representatives that work for us not themselves.

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read up on your buddy mike, follow the money, big pharma, healthcare industries, of course he wants it stopped, he needs that tainted money to get elected. These people have the best healthcare, we the people pay for it. wake up and stop believing everything you see on TV, corruption is voting not logic.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Rudi said...

Do not Vote for any incumpent regartless of party.Let's clean up our Country.

 
At 6:15 AM, Anonymous abbigirl said...

Abbigirl says;
Proposed 28th. Amendment

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States, that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your work is important and appreciate the danger real and imagined you are at risk of receiving from govt. organizations trying to protect a corrupt system,a corrupt govt. a corrupt culture where money is the God and people are used and discarded with no conscience or conseqences to our in most cases illegally elected officials through voter fraud.As a private citizen who has been sterilized by the F.B.I.with the catholic church help and then victimized by the Steinbrenners of the n.y.yankees and the justice dept.I Know the importance of your work and conseqences you can and will suffer to hide the corruption suffered on this nation and then the world to control the raw resources for personal gain and control. A corporate plan put into action back in the 1870 and 1880s after the federal reserve won their way back under Lincoln removed him and have been in slaving people like they were commodities. We the people have lost but at least with blogs like yours mybe one day people might wake up, too late but at least they will understand how. Thanks mlhaneline political and religious prisioner of the u.s.a.

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You stupid stupid liberals...why do you insist on changing our country? I agree with the Anonymous earlier, go live in a socialist country, see how you like it! You mindless, envious, pieces of shit! Get a job, do something to create! Stop sucking off the tax payers!!

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger wyrtas said...

I am conducting a survey and inviting your participation.

Who do you believe is being more truthful to the American people about the surveillance activities of the NSA?

( ) Mike Rogers

( ) Edward Snowden

Thank you for your participation.

 
At 12:16 AM, Blogger wyrtas said...

A corrupt government (and to the extent that both Republicans and Democrats participate, I make no distinction between them and the government) is, by definition, an incompetent government. Since Eisenhower left office, warning US to beware of the Congressional, Military, Industrial complex, we have had an unbroken string of increasingly incompetent government's. We have been led into one disastrous, dumb and costly episode after another: Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Egypt's coup, Lybia's coup, and, oh yes, an ill-defined, endless, and increasingly costly foreign and domestic war on terrorism, and absolutely no one with whom we can expect to negotiate a peace treaty to bring this new and never heard of before kind of global war to an end!

Meanwhile, the federal government of the U.S. is developing a secret culture of conflict that threatens to alienate it from its own citizens at home and its closest allies abroad! And those elected officials who live and work in Washington Don't get it.







 
At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all need to change the way we vote. The last two elections I have not voted for any incumbent and ecouraged everyone I know to do the same. When I say it's time for a change, I mean it.

 
At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about you all think about this - left and right. You are being played like a guitar. They guy is right, Rogers, MI, is tyrannical. Our country is fascist if you know what it means. I live in the Buy Bull Belt. Right in the middle of it, and let me tell you this - we are your best friend. We are the ones who will stand by you and fight when it comes down to it. So don't disparage my religion like it shouldn't exist, for if you do so, that is tyranny, and you hate the Constitution. I'm not the enemy, but they have you convinced I am. What needs to be known here by the "left" and the "right" is that both are fake and designed to keep us fighting amongst ourselves while they destroy the Constitution and burn America to the ground so they can loot it and loot our wealth - what little we have left. Bush was a fascist, Obama is a fascist, both are owned by international bankers. Wake up people, wake up.

 

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