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The ‘Real Problem’

Cliff Schecter, one of my favorite of bloggers, has this up about Ohio’s 5th congressional district race. Paul Gillmor was the representative; however in light of his unexpected death, his congressional seat became vacant. The Republican candidate, Bob Latta, wants the constituents to remember what’s causing all of their problems in upper Ohio when they vote in the upcoming special election on Dec. 11th.

“Illegal immigrants .”

As Cliff points, not that LTV, American Standard, TRW, and other industries have shut down in upper Ohio or moved to other countries to avoid paying taxes under the ReThuglican watch. Nope, it’s all the fact of those little sneaks making it past our “unprotected borders.”




Yet another smoke screen . . . . .



However, Seth Michaels with the AFL-CIO (presidential website coordinator) writes about the upcoming special election at firedoglake. Seth refers to it as pitting –

“.. a hangover from the old Ohio Republican agenda against a progressive who’s willing to fight for working families.”

The progressive willing to fight for working families? Robin Weirauch .. .. . (Act Blue page). She opened her campaign at a closed factory site.

I don’t know what it will take to get folks to listen. I mean, American Standard announced the end of November they’re moving their operation overseas; they were in Tiffin, Ohio. Tiffin is a beautiful place. I took road trips over to there often.

And it’s not just in Tiffin . . . . it has spread and will continue to spread until it is staunched.



Is Bill Sali’s Foot Stuck?

Thanks to The Mountain Goat Report for pointing out the newest from Bill Sali, an opinion in the Idaho Statesman.

There’s plenty to take exception from quoting Thomas Jefferson to this self-serving bullshit about the Special Olympics funding. The Winter Games of the Special Olympics will be held in Boise in early 2009.

As a freshman congressman, I am proud to have successfully advocated for these Idaho projects. I’m also proud that the Idaho delegation secured $8 million in support of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, an exciting event and one Idaho is proud to host.

I am a strong supporter of those games just like the majority of Idahoans and Americans. My very first bill that received the approval by the House was one recognizing Idaho’s selection as host of the 2009 World Winter Games.

Perhaps Bill forgot this. Here it is in close up…..

H. Roll #1122, Nov 15, 2007 9:41 PM; Nay (H.R. 3043) (Veto Override)

The $8 million for the Special Olympics was attached to HR 3043. It passed both houses of Congress; the president vetoed it, as he promised. Sali voted to uphold the president’s veto. The veto override failed by two votes.

Where was Simpson’s vote?

H.Roll #1122, Nov 15, 2007 9:41 PM; Aye (H.R. 3043) (Veto Override)

I might add that since Bill has been in the House, he’s sponsored “7 bills since Jan 4, 2007, of which 6 haven’t made it out of committee (Average) and 0 were successfully enacted (Average, relative to peers). Sali has co-sponsored 106 bills during the same time period (Few, relative to peers).

The above mentioned “my very first bill that received approval” wasn’t a bill; it was a resolution, passed on a voice vote = the yeas and the nays.

Jul 23, 2007: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. A record of each representative’s position was not kept.

Why a resolution?

A simple resolution is a legislative proposal that does not require the approval of the other chamber or the signature of the President and does not have the force of law. Simple resolutions are used only to change the internal rules of one of the chambers of Congress or to express the sentiments of one of the houses.