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Friday, June 26, 2009

House Democrats Fighting Each Other

One would swear these politicians were children that need to be sent to their corners.

Reports are out that two Democratic Representatives, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.), got into an argument over an earmark she requested for a school named after her to which Obey refused to pass.

According to some witnesses, Obey actually pushed or shoved Waters.

Obey turned away, but Waters went to go huddle with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She could be over heard telling them: “He touched me first.”

Waters was escorted by her colleagues into the cloakroom.

Obey then conversed for a few minutes with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Hoyer's office said the two did not discuss the incident but instead talked only about the appropriations process. Obey had been speaking with Hoyer and leadership staff for most of the vote series prior to his encounter with Waters.

Obey then exited the chamber.

But Waters soon returned briefly, again telling her colleagues: “He touched me.”

For the record, these are the people, our House representatives, that will be pushing the Cap-and-Trade Bill through the House today, to which IBDeditorials says "Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy. Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump."

Not since a misguided piece of legislation imposed tariffs that turned a recession into a depression has there been a piece of legislation as bad as Waxman-Markey.

The 1,000-plus-page American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) is being rushed to a vote by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before anyone can seriously object to this economic suicide pact.

It's what Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, might call a "man-caused disaster," a phrase she coined to replace the politically incorrect "terrorist attack." But no terrorist could ever dream of inflicting as much damage as this bill.

Its centerpiece is a "cap and trade" provision that has been rightfully derided as "cap and tax." It is in fact a tax on energy everywhere it is consumed on everything it is used to make or provide.

It is the largest tax increase in American history — a tax on all Americans — even the 95% that President Obama pledged would never see a tax increase.

Via Power Line we see this handy little graphic created by John Boehner, showing how the bill works:

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Hot Air points us to a 300 page amendment that was dropped into the bill, this morning. I wonder how they can vote on something they haven't even had time to read.

Nevermind, as we have seen recently, they do that all the time.

Malkin provides you with the names and how to contact your representatives to tell them your opinion of this disaster they are planning to jam through the House today.

If they jam this through, then people better hope the Senate has it in them to squash it.

Laughing yet?

Exactly, I mean hell, Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, admits he didn't even have a lot of time to fully read the Stimulus bill before pushing it for a vote.

These are the people that spend your money folks?

Warm and fuzzy again?