Why I want a new Congressman

19 Mar

When Eric Cantor voted for the first bailout monstrosity last September, I gave him some slack.  Under immense amounts of pressure that “something had to be done” he voted for the package and encouraged other Republicans to do the same.

Since then, he’s worked to redeem himself on some issues.

Today, he blew it.

Voting to Tax Bonuses, or, The State Run Amok
Tertium Quids

Moving with lightning speed, the House of Representatives voted 328-93 to slap a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of firms that received TARP money from the government…namely, those folks getting bonuses from AIG.
Read more.

Cantor, along with the rest of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation, voted yes.

In so doing, he’s seen my last vote.

PowerLine Blog places Cantor on the Wall of Shame

That’s where we put the names of House members who voted for Nancy Pelosi’s silly, unconstitutional 90% tax on the AIG bonuses. The measure passed, 328-93, with Democrats frantically seeking cover against voter wrath. It’s sad to see any Republicans going along with the Democrats’ Know-Nothingism, but, by a bare 87-85 margin Republicans opposed the Dems’ stunt.
Read more.

See also…

Putting on a great show: Kabuki in the House; Update: 328-93, 90 percent bonus tax passes
Michelle Malkin

Barney Frank is shrieking. Jumping up and down over parliamentary procedure. Blaming Bush, Bush, Bush, and then attacking GOP for “partisan attacks.”
Read more.

House passes bill taxing AIG and other bonuses
Breitbart.com

“The Democratic bill brought to the floor today is constitutionally questionable,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. “It’s obviously a transparent attempt to divert attention away from the truth that Democrats in Congress and this administration made these bonus payments possible.”
Read more.

VA Senator Mark Warner Received $5,000 from AIG
The Patriot Room

According to Open Secrets, Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner received $5,000.00 in campaign contributions from AIG in the last election cycle, and is the only sitting member of Congress from Virginia to do so.
Read more.

Back in 2000 when Tom Bliley was retiring I supported State Senator Steve Martin over Cantor in the primary.  I’ve never regretted that.

After today, I never will.

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4 Responses to “Why I want a new Congressman”

  1. Kyle March 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    I appreciate your honesty and consistency.

    This bill has absolutely NO redeeming values. It represents all that is wrong with government and politics. The talking heads have whipped up unnecessary outrage over this AIG scandal (yeah it was wrong, but it was less than one half of one percent of the bailout funds they have received. We have wasted as much money talking about the stupid thing.) Based on this “outrage” the politicians feel like they have to do something. And so we end up with crap like this.

    The worst part is that if anyone tries change the subject and focus on real problems they get vilified by the press.

    I’m not trying to pass the buck (the Dems own this screw up), but Republicans have been crying “wolf” too much since Obama took office. Now that a real wolf is here, I think that most people are ignoring them.

  2. Michael March 20, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    To his credit, the President said on Leno last night that this was not the way to go.

    ‘Course he should’ve stopped talking after that. 🙂

  3. Joshua March 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    If I lived in Rep. Cantor’s district I’d be upset with him too. Then again, after he vigorously supported the first bailout bill he lost all my respect.

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