Eric Cantor, “Why Did He Become a Congressman?”

GOP Leader, Eric Cantor, has a constituent, “J.M.”, who wonders why he became a congressman.  She said as much on the @EDSHOW yesterday. Eric Cantor’s bio shows a lot of highfalutin political accomplishments, but, no service to the people, the common man, the poor.  No wonder at an early age he chose an intern job with a republican.  From there he quickly scaled the political ladder to success as GOP Leader.  With his matinée idol looks perhaps Eric should have pursued a career in Hollywood where his callous attitude would not hurt good people who look to government to help solve their problems…problems that an individual cannot solve…the kind of problems of the oppressed that are the mission of the Democratic Party.

As the republican two-day stunt ended, Rep. Cantor made a sad appeal to Senate Majority Leader to let the bill receive consideration.  Senator Harry Reid has made it plainly clear that this repeal of the President’s signature accomplishment will go that graveyard where over 400 bills from the House went in the last Congress. Yes, 400 bills! WHERE WAS ERIC CANTOR’S VOICE THEN? Republicans in the Senate used their power to effectively kill hundreds of hours of good work for the people: a waste!  This was a shocking example of just how connected Eric Cantor is to his district, IMHO. NOTE: On Nov. 2, 2010, Cantor told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that he would try to trim the federal deficit by reducing welfare. This is textbook republican outlook on the future of poor people in America and government’s role in serving humanity.

Do your district leaders in Congress know how you feel on issues of the day?  It is easy to write them.

Republicans Out of Ideas..Offer Repeal Only?

"Dog and Pony Show"

Full Disclosure: I did not watch C-Span yesterday, but, I watched MSNBC all day.  I learned that the republicans are putting on a dog and pony show to go through the motions of keeping a campaign promise to the Tea Party.  Who do they think they are fooling?  Republicans want to repeal the most significant legislation won by the administration just because it helps President Obama in 2012.  The American people are comforted by having their children up to 26 years of age on their insurance plans.  Americans like having the federal government prevent rich insurance companies from discriminating against pre-existing conditions.  The republicans will probably vote today to take away all that we have gained in healthcare reform, a/k/a “Obamacare.”  elsewhere on this site you have read:
8 January 2011 by goodolewoody on GoodOleWoody’s Blog
…  that repealing “Obamacare” would add to the Deficit. He says, “That’s their opinion.” Opinion? The CBO is …  OBAMACARE: REDUCES DEFICIT BY $143 BILLION OVER 9 YEARS REPEALING OBAMACARE:ADDS $1.3 TRILLION TO DEFICIT OVER 20 YEARS (Source: Dylan Ratigan …)
Who would benefit from repeal of healthcare reform? THE RICH INSURANCE COMPANIES who fund the Republican Party. You will recall that the US Supreme Court has unleashed the flood waters of money to republicans without limit, it seems. [Case: Citizens United] Democrats fund their campaigns that champion the common man with gifts of $5 here and $25 there.  The power concentrated in this country is anti-middle-class and more.
I wonder how much how much the republicans are spending on this “debate” and vote?  It’s pure waste because this bill will never see the light of day in the US Senate like the 400 bills we sent from The House to The Senate during the last congress.  Note: President Obama would be the final check on this folly.  Beginning Thursday Speaker Boehner should begin working on the economy and jobs which are the most pressing issues today.
Does your senator and representative know your opinions on today’s issues?  If not, go to this website.

Sargent Shriver, Great American!

Sargent Shriver

Sargent Shriver


Obama, Boehner,Cantor: Get Along!

Hey, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker & Mr. Leader: GET ALONG!!!

President Obama, Speaker Boehner and GOP Leader, Cantor

State of the Union Address

You are cordially invited to view the US House of Representatives on January 25, 2011,  6:00pm ET, the Annual State of the Union Address by President Barack H. Obama. [Check local TV listings]  Last year’s address was powerful and provoking.  Can this year’s address top the last one?  Pray for the President of the of the United States of America. Pray for the leader of all the people.

Play “America, the Beautiful”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday



South Carolina’s Shame

South Carolina State Flag

Remember the Civil War? (It wasn’t very civil. Was it?) South Carolina started that war by succeeding from The Union in the 1800s over enslavement of blacks. In 2009 South Carolina (represented by Rep. Joe Wilson) insulted our first black President in the well of the US House of Representatives by calling him a liar.  The anniversary of that shame will occur soon. Will South Carolina insult the President again?

Rep. Joe Wilson of SC

Rep. Wilson was in the news recently in a positive way.  Thank you, Congressman, for doing the right thing.



What do we need large capacity magazines for on a hand-held gun use for sporting activity?  I am not a “gun person,” but recent events illustrate that clips with a capacity of 10 rounds are more in line with public safety. What do you think?  Recently a little girl in Tucson was buried…the victim of a Glock 19 with a large capacity clip.  God bless her soul.

Speaker Boehner Begins His Reign

Newly elected US Speaker of House John Boehner


Newly elected US Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured during the opening session of the 112th Congress in Washington, DC. A day after retaking the House of Representatives, US Republicans moved Thursday to make good on a campaign vow to slash spending with a mostly symbolic vote to cut lawmakers’ office budgets.(AFP/Tim Sloan)
I was really impressed when Speaker Boehner included humility, openness and “giving the House back to the American people.” I was turned off by the pure theatre of having The Constitution read out loud in open session.  What was the purpose?  If it was not to educate, then it was a stunt, theatre.
Boehner says their goal is to give the government back to the people and provide honesty and accountability.
He says with nearly one of 10 Americans looking for work and debt threatening to eclipse the economy, Congress faces tough decisions.
Boehner says “a great deal of scar tissue” has built up on both sides of the aisle and cannot be ignored, but both Republicans and Democrats believe they are working for the common good.
The Speaker managed to get an interesting package of rules approved for the New regime. But immediately violated the rules by not allowing debate and amendments on the infamous bill to repeal “Obamacare” on January 12, 2011. What other exceptions to the rules will follow?  Time will tell.
There’s talk about The Constitution, guns and tyranny. Let’s look at the definition of TYRANNY. I don’t think we haven’t had a tyranny since at least 2 years ago. (Remember torture?) ================================================================================

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman, House Budget Committee

Also, the Speaker has given the Chairman of the Budget Committee alarming latitude in running his show and making budget limits.

In an unusual grab of budgetary power, the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee will be able to unilaterally set limits for categories of domestic spending until a budget resolution is passed this spring, as a budget enforcement measure. [NY Times]
Let’s hope that the republicans are not birthing a new despot who talks a good game and then runs roughshod over The House ignoring the agreed upon rules.  The minority party has been silent and impotent. It will be interesting to see Minority Leader Pelosi, Assistant Minority Leader, Clyburn and Whip Hoyer battle to make democratic voices heard in the 112th Congress.  Please keep them in your prayers. God bless The US Congress and God bless the American people!

Giffords Is in Our Prayers

Representative Gabrielle Giffords Though Shot Tries to Recover

Please Pray for a Full Recovery