All The Wrong Reasons

With Congress and the President ready to toss the pending “Bereft Banker BailOut” at our feet, I thought I would see what Republican House members were saying and doing.

In a closed-door session with House Republicans Sunday evening, Minority Leader John A. Boehner called the $700 billion financial rescue deal a “crap sandwich” — then said he plans to vote for it.

Things are not looking good if the Minority Leader of the House refers to the pending legislation as a “crap sandwich” and then says he’s still willing to vote for it. Shouldn’t our Congressmen be voting for the the right solution rather than the best solution they could come up with before some imaginary deadline?

With support from Cantor and Ryan in hand, party leaders – in conjunction with the White House – were expected to start leaning on other members to back the bill.

When you hear that Republicans need to lean on other Republicans to convince them to back a bill, you know the bill is a bad idea. You lean on people when they want to force them to do something. If it was a good idea, wouldn’t they be backing it willingly?

Minority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.), who negotiated the terms of the tentative agreement for House Republicans, met Sunday afternoon with a bloc of retiring GOP lawmakers in an effort to secure their support for the plan, members familiar with the discussions said.

During that session, Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood, who has battled with party leaders over the years, told his colleagues that they should support the team because none of them would have to face voters in November.

He told his colleagues to support the bill because they are retiring and wouldn’t have to face voters in November. If that isn’t the clearest signal that this bail out bill is still a bad idea, I don’t know what is.

Running Out Of Energy

If you haven’t heard already, the House of Representatives has passed an energy bill.

It won’t be too long before you see the headlines and breaking news alerts:

BREAKING NEWS — US HOUSE PASSES BILL LIFTING BAN ON OFFSHORE DRILLING. DETAILS SOON. — BREAKING NEWS

and

The US House has passed a bill which lifts a ban on offshore drilling for at least 50 miles from shore in most areas.

But don’t let those headlines, or the soundbites that you’ll hear all morning, fool you.

The bill (a gift from planet saving Speaker Pelosi) that passed, was sent to House members last night around 9:45pm, it did not go through committee, it did not have bipartisan support, and it was not the result of any compromise from either side of the aisle.

The bill that passed was brought to the House floor by Democrats, given three hours of debate, one motion to change was granted to the Republicans, and then the final vote was taken. All in the same day.

Compromise was not allowed. Amendments were not allowed. The will of the American people was not allowed.

I have never in my life been more disappointed in our nation’s legislative process than I am tonight. I have never been so disgusted by blatant abuse of power than that shown by Speaker Pelosi today and during this entire legislative session. I have never been so disheartened by the obvious partisan behavior shown by the Democrats in the House today.

I will be putting the highlights of todays shenanigans into a video tomorrow, along with more description and analysis of Nancy Pelosi’s Magic Energy Bill. This bill is a lot like those magic beans sold to a boy named Jack. The problem is, if this bill doesn’t die in the Senate or get vetoed by the President, we’re going to run out of energy long before we ever find the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Bring Congress Back To Work

Did you catch what happened in the House on Friday? If you missed watching/listening/reading it live, then you missed an historic event in our nation’s history. Republican members of the House found their backbone, and stoop up in protest of the Democratic majority’s decision to recess for 5 weeks rather than discuss energy, oiol, drilling, or alternative energy solutions.

I covered all this with the video I made yesterday, Don’t Go.

One question that I haven’t been able to find the answer for, however, is just who stayed behind and who spoke on the House floor. If you know of a list of those Representatives who stayed behind and spoke on behalf of the American people, please let me know. All I have thus far is the roll call from the vote to adjourn.

You can visit the House of Representatives website and view the roll call vote, which adjourned the House for 5 weeks while we still have no plan to ease the energy crisis, no plan for alternative energy sources, no plan on drilling to get us through until we can develop alternative energy sources, nothing. The vote was 213-197.

Republican Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest (MD-1) and Walter Jones(NC-3) should be ashamed of themselves for voting with Democrats to adjourn without addressing the needs of the American people.

I’ve heard rumors that the rebellion will continue tomorrow. If it does, I will do my best to keep you up to date. I know I will be calling Speaker Pelosi’s office and the White House all week, demanding that Congress come back to work.