Target Dems Rush Back to Washington to Feed Their Spending Addiction

August 10, 2010

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following incumbent and challenger districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); John Barrow (GA-12); Ami Bera (CA-03); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Rick Boucher (VA-09); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Paula Brooks (OH-12); John Callahan (PA-15); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Russ Carnahan (MO-03); John Carney (DE-AL); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Chad Causey (AR-01); Travis Childers (MS-01); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Suzan DelBene (WA-08); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Lori Edwards (FL-12); Joyce Elliott (AR-02); Bob Etheridge (NC-02); Bill Foster (IL-14); Joe Garcia (FL-25); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01); Phil Hare (IL-17); Denny Heck (WA-03); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Roy Herron (TN-08); Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Tim Holden (PA-17); Rush Holt (NJ-12); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Marcy Kaptur (OH-09); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Frank Kratovil (MD-01); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Julie Lassa (WI-07); Bryan Lentz (PA-07); Dave Loebsack (IA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Jim Matheson (UT-02); Gary McDowell (MI-01); Mike McIntyre (NC-07); Michael McMahon (NY-13); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Michael Michaud (ME-02); Walt Minnick (ID-01); Harry Mitchell (AZ-05); Stephene Moore (KS-03); Chris Murphy (CT-05); Patrick Murphy (PA-08); Scott Murphy (NY-20); Glenn Nye (VA-02); Mike Oliverio (WV-01); Bill Owens (NY-23); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Gary Peters (MI-09); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Steve Pougnet (CA-45); Steve Raby (AL-05); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Mike Ross (AR-04); John Salazar (CO-03); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Dan Seals (IL-10); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Ike Skelton (MO-04); Zack Space (OH-18); John Spratt (SC-05); Betty Sutton (OH-13); Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); Manan Trivedi (PA-06); Niki Tsongas (MA-05); Trent Van Haaften (IN-08); Tim Walz (MN-01); Tom White (NE-02); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01) and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Grayson Rushes Back to Washington to Feed His Spending Addiction
Florida Dem Could Hardly Wait to Rubber-Stamp More Wasteful Spending

Washington- Like an addict desperately in need of feeding an addiction, Alan Grayson rushed back to Washington today – on the taxpayers’ dime – to do House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bidding by voting to pass a $26 billion-dollar government spending bill. (House Roll Call 518). With unemployment at 9.5 percent and the national debt at an all-time high, the last thing middle-class families need is more of the Democrats’ reckless spending agenda. Instead of calling Congress back into session to create private-sector jobs, House Democrats have once again dismissed an opportunity to rein in runaway government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs. To add insult to injury, Pelosi’s last minute in-and-out of session scramble will cost taxpayer money as Members are forced to purchase costly plane tickets to cast one vote.

“But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had other plans for Chaffetz and the rest of the House. On Tuesday, Chaffetz will complete nearly 24 hours of round-trip air travel just to vote no on a $26 billion state aid bill unexpectedly tossed onto the schedule in the middle of the quiet August recess.”

“Several congressional aides say they scrambled over the past few days to book last minute airfare, which is likely to cost the taxpayers extra cash… ‘With voters becoming more concerned about spending, this is not a politically smart move on the Democrats’ part,’ said Americans for Taxpayer Reform government affairs manager Mattie Corrao.’” (Erika Lovley and Marin Coganm, “Cruel Summer: House vacations nixed,” Politico, 8/09/2010)

“Alan Grayson and his Democrat colleagues are back to feed their addiction, once again dismissing an opportunity to rein in runaway government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “The economy has bled 2.5 million jobs since the Democrats passed their failed trillion-dollar stimulus, yet they refuse to read the writing on the wall. After two years of suffering under Grayson’s failed economic policies, middle-class Florida families are still asking: Where are the jobs?”
“We have paid people to buy cars, purchase homes, pay off their mortgages, weatherize their homes and put solar paneling on their roofs. And of course there was the original stimulus package of $862 billion, though some of that remains unspent. None of it has put America back to work…The Obama crowd bet that you could force-feed private investment with government spending and politically directed credit, but the result has been to traumatize business instead.

“The economy is now 2.5 million jobs short of where it would need to be to get back under the 8% unemployment rate we were promised. With the federal government running a $1.4 trillion deficit, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session to pass a $26 billion “stimulus” bill to give cash to states, cities and teachers unions.” (“It Isn’t Working,” Wall Street Journal, 8/07/2010)

According to new data from the Commerce Department, personal incomes have taken a hit as consequence of House Democrats’ pro-government, anti-small business agenda:
“Personal income took a hit in most of the U.S. last year with the only gains coming from government support, according to new data from the Commerce Department. Incomes would have fallen further without government support…On average, personal income dropped 1.8% in 2009, following a 2.7% increase in 2007.

“In areas that saw gains, most of the increases came from the government in one way or another. In 77 of the 134 regions that saw incomes increase, the growth came from transfer receipts such as unemployment benefits or Social Security payments. In most of the remaining 57 metro areas, the gains were concentrated in the government sector, the Commerce Department said, including strong growth in military earnings.” (Phil Izzo “U.S. Incomes Tumbled in 2009,” Wall Street Journal, 8/09/2010)