Friday, February 15, 2013

Bad Freshmen, Bad, Bad, Bad... A Letter


Patrick Murphy & his political mentor, sleazy opportunist Charlie Crist

Last week 5 or 6 progressive freshmen called me to warn me that lifelong Republican Patrick Murphy (D-FL) was working all the freshmen for some idiotic statement of "bipartisanship" he had concotted. I mentioned it Thursday and it was made public this morning, much to the delight, no doubt, of Beltway Media Broderists.

Almost no Democrats signed his pathetic, badly crafted letter-- but lots of Republicans did. So disappointing to see Ann Kuster (D-NH) lending her good name to this foolhardy initiative. Most of the rest of the Democrats who signed are typical untrustworthy hacks-- or worse. The only Blue Dog freshman, Pete Gallego (TX) couldn't wait to jump on board. And the only "Democrat" who has a ZERO ProgressivePunch score on crucial votes this session, corporate shill Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ), was right on top of it. (Kirkpatrick, unlike over 100 Republicans voted with Boehner on every single crucial roll call this year, a breathtaking record of achievement.)

Far more Republicans signed the wretched letter-- which the New Dem types love-- than Democrats. And the worst imaginable Republicans in the whole Congress, dreck like hate talk radio host Trey Radel (R-FL), domestic terrorist Steve Stockman (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), sociopath Kerry Bentivolio... Here's the whole list:
Patrick Murphy (New Dem/R-FL)
Robert Pittenger (R-NC)
Andy Barr (R-KY)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
Ami Bera (New Dem-CA)
Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Pete Gallego (Blue Dog-TX)
Joe Garcia (New Dem-FL)
George Holding (R-NC)
David Joyce (R-OH)
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Grace Meng (D-NY)
Luke Messer (R-IN)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Scott Peters (New Dem-CA)
Trey Radel (R-FL)
Tom Rice (R-SC)
Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Chris Stewart (R-UT)
Steve Stockman (R-TX)
Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Here's the letter itself that every single progressive and almost all the Democratic freshmen rejected:
The 113th Congress House Republican and Democratic new members are troubled by the fiscal crisis facing the country, with burdensome debt and trillion dollar annual deficits, which affect economic growth for all and healthcare assurances for our seniors. Members of our class implore the President and Congress to address this serious challenge now. In recent years, Congress has lacked the political will to come together and find solutions. The freshman members of the 113th Congress believe now is the time to work together.

We call upon leadership to no longer accept piecemeal solutions and to work toward finding long-term solutions to avoid financial collapse like Greece and other European countries. The bi-partisan freshmen members, as noted below, come to the table with mutual understanding and without personal agendas or political gamesmanship.

We affirm the following actions to secure the fiscal health of our nation:

          Strengthen and Preserve Medicare and Social Security-- While protecting current recipients and seniors, we must reform the Medicare and Social Security’s long-term financial obligations by addressing rising health care costs and changing demographics.  The goal is to make sure these essential programs meet our obligations to our seniors and ensure that these bedrocks are available to future generations, while reducing our long-term deficit and debt issues.

        Promote economic growth to generate revenue-- Of critical importance is a fair and broad tax plan including eliminating excessive corporate subsidies, tax loopholes and other subsidies to provide lower rates, that will encourage a pro-growth economy, providing added revenue for the federal budget. We must also encourage innovation with less stringent regulation to help small businesses grow, which will lower unemployment.

          Cutting spending-- While some spending cuts have already been made, we must look for additional savings moving forward to further reduce spending, while seeking to protect the programs that are crucial to our future health as a nation.

        Identify efficiencies and consolidations-- Restructure and consolidate agencies and departments, eliminating duplication and waste.

         Medicaid fraud-- Aggressively pursue Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.

We believe that a bipartisan effort encompassing these needed reforms will yield a prosperous future for our country, while making good to today’s seniors who are counting on the federal government to fulfill its obligations. We are committed to a new era in Congress where bipartisan solutions are the norm. We are dedicated to working with leadership to help bring these solutions to reality. The common good of the country demands good faith negotiation, compromise, and immediate and significant action.

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At 5:26 PM, Blogger virag said...

shame on kyrsten sinema for being part of this nonsense. after being so viciously tarred by the wingnuts, you would think she would have more sense. i guess not.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Yep. Rep. Sinema's name leapt right out at me. Even as a statement of disgust with the current logjam in Congress, I can't imagine why she would sign something that talks about _lowering_ tax rates and eliminating government "waste."

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Eric Swalwell should be ashamed of himself, and with time he should know better.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Donna G said...

Granted, Pete Stark was getting increasingly erratic and needed to retire but Swalwell is a conservaDem who attacked Stark for his lack of religion (I guess) to appeal to Republicans in the new top two primary (demonstrating what a bad idea it is).

Sinema is my Rep and I'm sad to say I'm not surprised by this.

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

That disheartens me, Donna. I didn't necessarily think Rep. Sinema was a "progressive," but a fiscal conservative/Third Way corporate apologist? That's really unfortunate.

Well, she _did_ also sign the Congressional Progressive Caucus's letter (look on Rep. Ellison's page for that one) that rejects any cuts in Medicare or Social Security benefit payments, so at least she's not _completely_ off-base.


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