Thursday, April 02, 2009

Virginia Foxx-- Is She Corrupt? Crazed? Or Both?


Unlike some of her colleagues, Virginia Foxx can read, even quasi-dramatically... if haltingly. And she's not a total idiot. After all, it was Foxx, the proud owner of a prosperous Christmas tree farm, who offered a resolution praising Christmas tree farms. Now, many people claim-- and with good reason-- that she's one of the dozen most radical right extremists in Congress. Her voting record would attest to that assessment. In fact when 11 members of the KKK Caucus in the House were the only members to vote against aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, crazy Virginia Foxx may not have brought her sheets but she was in the forefront of the lunatic fringe racists (Lynn Westmoreland R-GA), Joe Barton (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), etc). 213 of her fellow Republicans joined all 196 Democrats to pass the bill 410-11. And in case anyone missed the point, ole Virginia was one of only 33 die-hard segregationists to vote against extending the Voting Rights Act. It passed 390-33 but all kinds of racist slime stood with Foxx against it-- all the regular suspects, from Westmoreland, Tancredo, King and Garrett to Patty McHenry (R-NC), Gary Miller (R-CA), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Jo Bonner (R-AL), Tom Price (R-GA), John Linder (R-GA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), John Shadegg (R-AZ), etc.

In the video below, Virginia Foxx, who adamantly and proudly supports using taxpayer money to enrich multimillionaire banksters with fat bonuses, demands to know if Florida Congressman Alan Grayson considers her corrupt. I know Congressman Grayson and he's too much of a gentleman to point out how corrupt Virginia Foxx is-- and I'm not talking about the kinds of Christmas trees that grow on her farm, either.

Virginia Foxx has never voted against a bill deregulating banksters or any other kind of corporate predators since she got into Congress. And she's gotten her share of the $2.2 billion in bribes that the finance/insurance/real estate sector has doled out to federal elected officials. She's perfectly comfortable voting on their priority legislation-- and always exactly the way they want her to-- despite having taken $377,862 from them just since 2004. And while the FIRE sector makes up the biggest bulk of her contributions, her voting record reads like a to-do list for corporate lobbyists across the whole spectrum of Big Business. She scarfs up $50,600 from Big Oil and votes for the energy bills that have helped wreck our country's competitiveness. AgriBusiness has paid her off to the tune of $271,640 and she's always there to vote against family farms and for unsustainable corporate farming. Big Pharma and HMOs found that a quarter million dollars bought them a lot of loyalty from Virginia Foxx, no matter that their vision of "health care" meant the folks in Forsyth County, Boone, Stokes and even her own hometown of Mount Airy would have to do without. So, in answer to crazy Virginia Foxx' question if people think she's corrupt-- how could anyone not! Today the normally unflappable Barney Frank lost patience with her idiocy and asked the raving lunatic, who was shouting "Regular order!" for no apparent reason, "What is the gentlewoman from North Carolina talking about?!"

Most Republicans joined Foxx yesterday in voting against Grayson's bill, H.R. 1644 which amends the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act to prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards. It passed 247-171, with only 10 Republicans voting in favor of keeping taxpayer money out of the pockets of crooked banksters. A small gaggle of misguided Democrats, mostly slimy aisle-crossing Blue Dogs like Walt Minnick (ID), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ), Harry Mitchell (AZ) and Jim Matheson (UT) voted with the Republicans, although the GOP's own confused whip, Eric Cantor was too frightened to vote either way and just took the cowardly way out: "Present," he squeaked. A little afterthought: of the 10 Republicans voting for Grayson's legislation 5 of them are endangered incumbents from Florida: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the notorious Diaz-Balart Brothers, Ginny Brown-Waite, and Bilirakis the Younger. I suspect voters in Florida are really pissed off about executives getting fat paychecks out of taxpayer funds while the state's economy circles the toilet and more and more homes go into foreclosure while the unemployment rate accelerates. Or maybe they just like Alan?

Neil Cavuto apparently doesn't. You see, it isn't just Republicans in Congress who are trying to transfer taxpayer money to crooked executives. Longtime Big Buisness shill Cavuto is now certifiably insane. I guess Fox keeps him on the air because a psychotic breakdown is entertaining.

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At 9:57 AM, Anonymous me said...

">I know Congressman Grayson and he's too much of a gentleman to point out how corrupt Virginia Foxx is..."

In this situation, such politeness is unwarranted, excessive, and even counterproductive. He has a job to do.


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