Monday, August 11, 2008

Carol Shea-Porter Under Attack By Republican Front Organization, Freedom's Watch


Carol Shea-Porter is one of the few members of Congress who doesn't take special interests money and wind up in the pockets of industries whose only goal-- only goal-- is to get more of our money into their hands. This isn't a Republican or a Democratic position. It's a clean government position and it's one of the reasons we admire Carol so much. Remember, for every corrupt, bribe taking Republican in Congress, there's a corrupt, bribe-taking Democrat. You can put Rahm Emanuel and Steny Hoyer up against any Republican if you want to find corruption taken to ghastly extremes. If you're wondering why Democrats aren't going on a jihad against Republicans who have filled up on Big Oil bribes and then voted for policies that are making it harder and harder for regular American families to fill up their tanks... well, granted 75% of the $220,438,183 Big Oil has given federal candidates since 1990 has gone to Republicans but let's not forget that even if Democrats haven't gotten pay-offs like Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX- $2,126,025), Phil Gramm (R-TX- $1,679,314), John Cornyn (R-TX- $1,313,825), John McCain (R-AZ- $1,259,645), Joe Barton (R-TX-$1,246,411), James Inhofe (R-OK- $1,076,573), Don Young (R-AK-$954,013), Tom DeLay (R-TX-$698,840), Steve Pearce (R-NM- $596,324), Mitch McConnell (R-KY- $649,011), Democratic Big Oil shills Mary Landrieu (D-LA- $612,244), Dan Boren (D-OK- $363,210) and Nick Lampson (D-TX- $174,942) have been happy to slurp up the leftovers and vote with the Republicans to give big oil billions of dollars in tax cuts. Whose side are they on?

I think you know whose side they're on. And it isn't ours. Even virulently anti-union Wal-Mart is now giving as much money to congressional Democrats as it is to congressional Republicans making it "more difficult for the company’s critics to demonize the corporate giant."
In an age where taking money is synonymous with doing someone’s bidding, more and more Democrats, including party leadership, are cashing Wal-Mart’s PAC checks. Apparently Wal-Mart is not the devil it once was.

Through June, Wal-Mart’s PAC had contributed to 86 House Democrats this cycle, amounting to just more than one-third of the Caucus. That’s more than the 77 House Democrats Wal-Mart supported in 2006 and the 62 that received PAC money in 2004.

Since 2004, Wal-Mart has given $27,500 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), $22,500 to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), $12,000 to Chief Deputy Whip Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), and $20,500 to House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.).

But you're not going to find Carol Shea-Porter on the lists of congressmembers who take special interests money and then vote for them instead of for her constituents. Her predecessor, Jeb Bradley, always did-- and now those same big special interests are back shoveling money into his campaign, trying to help him reclaim his old-- their old-- seat. Carol's voting record is clear as a bell; she votes in the interests of her constituents. Period. She doesn't have millions of dollars in corporate money hanging over her head as an incentive-- or a threat-- to vote for special deals for corporations.

The down side of that is that she is being targeted by Republican front organizations like Freedom's Watch, which is running tens of thousands of dollars in radio ads against her every week or so, distorting her positions and filling the airwaves with lies. As you know, I'm not the biggest DCCC cheerleader in the world but I applaud their efforts to set the record straight today for Carol by running this ad on New Hampshire radio:


If you can afford to help out, please donate to Carol's all grassroots re-election campaign on her Blue America page. We sent her to Congress to work for regular folks-- and that's what she's been doing. Let's keep her there.

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At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said (before some yahoo took my comment down), Shea-Porter is a kook.

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take a "kook" over a crook any day, thank you very much.

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol Shea-Porter is an intelligent woman who works hard to make life better for the rest of us... Vote for Carol... send her back to Congress!!!

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol is a crook who bought the voter info with taxpayer dollars then sold it for $5,000.

Carol co-sponsored this wacky unconstitutional bill.

Carol needs to step down because she does not answer her constituents inquiries with a relevant response..choosing to ignore you if you don't support what she has done.

Carol has voted with the 14% disapproved of Pelosi Congress 100% of the time.


HB 3036

Radical Environmental Education Bill Passes House HR 3036 "No Child Left Inside Act"

September 22, 2008

The Democrat controlled US House passed HR 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act, on September 18th by a vote of 293-109. Only one Democrat opposed this unconstitutional expansion of the federal government into the realm of education that promotes unscientific, non-academic, politically correct environmental propaganda. The environmental standards, curriculum, and programs funded by this bill that are to be put in every subject would take valuable time and resources from core academic issues. The grants also promote programs that are supposed to teach bogus, subjective, and political concepts like self-esteem and environmental justice.

Representative Tom Price of Georgia offered a motion to recommit that would have amended the bill to require that school districts get the highest priority in receiving grant funds so as not to have to compete with radical environmental groups, that groups with lobbyists not receive grant funds, and that there be scientific accuracy and balance in what is taught to students about the environment. The Democrat majority rejected these common sense reforms by a vote of 172 to 230 with no Democrats in favor.

The House Republican leadership, as well as the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), is to be commended for resistance to this terrible piece of legislation. The RSC members provided 95 of the 108 Republican votes against this bill. RSC member Congresswoman Virginia Foxx gave an excellent speech, describing the constitutional and bureaucratic problems with this legislation that is excerpted below. Unfortunately, however, the ranking Republican for the House Education and Labor Committee, Howard "Buck" McKeon (CA) and the ranking Republican on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Mike Castle (DE), as well as numerous other moderate Republicans supported this bill. Also, sadly, two very good Republican amendments on which the Democrat majority agreed to allow a vote, and that would have got rid of the new politically correct program and cut its funding almost by half, were never offered.

The Bush administration's official position on this bill has not yet been released. However, the President's current budget calls for eliminating the underlying wasteful grant program, so there is hope that, should this even more wasteful program pass the Senate and be sent to the president, it would be vetoed.

Although it is unlikely that this bill by itself will get through the Senate and be sent to the president before Congress' target adjournment date of September 26th, there is still danger that it will be added into a spending bill this week or during a lame duck budget session after the election. It is also quite likely that it will be brought up during discussions about No Child Left Behind next year. In fact, this bill was part of the discussion draft for NCLB's reauthorization.

We do not want this kind of non-academic indoctrination for our children.

Following are excerpts from the testimony of two members of Congress who opposed HR 3036, Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN): Ms. FOXX. Mr. Chairman, . . .I read the Constitution. I read it fairly frequently. Yesterday we celebrated Constitution Day. And I have searched in vain for the word ``education'' there. Nowhere did our Founding Fathers just think that the Congress of the United States should be involved in education. That was an issue that they thought best left to the States, and I think it is best left to the States and is not something that we should be dealing with here in the Congress.

Almost every day someone from the majority party comes to the floor and decries the deficit that we're facing. Well, one of the reasons that we're facing a terrible deficit is because the majority party is involved in everything and many things it should not be involved in, especially in education. That is something we should leave to the States. If we did that and left the hardworking people's money at the State level, we would be able to do a lot more than we're currently doing.

But I want to point out the fact that we should be dealing with the American Energy Act. We had a chance this week to do that, and we refused. Bipartisan passage of the American Energy Act would demonstrate to the world that America will no longer keep its rich energy resources under lock and key as the Democrats want to do. Not only will it help bring down the price of gasoline now, but it will make needed investments in the alternative fuels that will power our lives and our economy in the future.

Mrs. BACHMANN. Mr. Chairman, today, the House will consider H.R. 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act. I rise in strong opposition to this legislation.

First of all, H.R. 3036 continues our Nation down the ill-fated road of shifting control of school curricula away from the parents and teachers and local school boards who best know what their children need into the hands of Federal Government and its one-size-fits-all approach. To best serve our children's educational needs, local school boards need flexibility to target resources where they are needed most--from school construction and class size reduction efforts to higher teacher salaries and technology in the classroom. The needs of individual school districts are dynamic and complex. They are not homogenous and are most certainly not best understood by bureaucrats in Washington. . .

I fervently believe that parents and teachers and local school boards know best how to educate our children, and it is time for Congress to stop removing them further and further from the equation. Congress must move back down the path to control, accountability, and authority at a local level for education. H.R. 3036 leads us away from this crucial go. . .

The No Child Left Inside Act represents a step in the wrong direction, adding the weight of increased Federal bureaucracy to an already sinking educational outlook. Forcing local school districts to direct scarce resources away from core curricula to serve a political agenda will only further suppress the academic performance of America's next generation. I urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation.

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol runs as a fiscal conservative yet throws money at environmental education via the federal imposition on our local schools. We are having to tighten our belts, yet she wants to waste more of our money on this nonsense? Let the schools teach and can she keep her hands out of our pockets?

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this woman needs to be thrown out of office just like she threw NH under the bus by voting for the obamacare. The same with Paul Hodes, he also needs to be removed. When you call to talk to these people you never get a response from them just the people who work for them.


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