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Deeds Contradict Words...
"The Republican leadership likes to talk about pulling the tax code up by the roots, says Rep. Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.). But, every year, they just add more fertilizer to it." Source: Tom Herman, Wall Street Journal, 3/27/02, p. 1
Amnesty Cloture Vote,
June 28, 2007
Vote Switchers: The Target List (6/27)
These Senators switched from anti-amnesty on June 7th to voting FOR amnesty on June 26. We must get their votes back on Thursday June 28 to kill amnesty:
|These Senators switched from pro-amnesty to
no-amnesty! We must keep their votes on Thursday, June 28 to kill
The June 26, 2007 Amnesty Vote in the Senate
The June 7, 2007 Amnesty Vote in the Senate
S. 1348 "Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Amnesty) Act" A "Yes" vote is for "cloture"--to cut off debate, allowing it to proceed to a vote, effectively a vote FOR Amnesty. "No" is to continue debate, effectively killing the Amnesty bill. Call the "Yes" (Amnesty supporters) to get them to change their mind, and call the No's to encourage their continued opposition to amnesty.
Award an Unconstitutional
Congressional Seat to Washington, DC: April 19, 2007
A Yes vote is to violate the Constitution and award a full voting seat in Congress to Washington, DC
---- AYES 241 ---
Johnson, E. B.
Sánchez, Linda T.
|---- NOES 177 ---|
Lungren, Daniel E.
--- ANSWERED “PRESENT” 1 ---
Davis, Jo Ann
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of July 31, 2005
27 REPUBLICANS REJECT PRO-CAFTA PRESSURE FROM BUSH AND DELAY
Congratulations to the 27 Republicans who, despite extraordinary pressure from the White House and the House Republican leadership, voted to reject CAFTA, the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. The Roll Call (No. 443) was closed at 12:03 AM on July 28.
Those GOPers who said "no" to this unconstitutional agreement were:
Charles Boustany (R-La.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Virgil Goode (R-Va.), Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.), John Hostettler (R-Ind.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), John McHugh (R-N.Y.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Bob Ney (R-Ohio), Charles Norwood (R-Ga.), C.L. Otter (R-Ida.), Ron Paul (R-Tex.), Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.), Robert Simmons (R-Conn.), Mike Simpson (R-Ida.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.).
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of September 30, 2004
118 REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR BUSH SCHEME TO MAKE AMERICA A
COAST-TO-COAST PSYCHIATRIC WARD
"On Sept. 9, the ‘Ron Paul Amendment’ was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 95-315. The Amendment would have prevented the funds sought by an appropriations bill (HR 5006) from being used for the mandatory mental-health screening of Americans, including public schoolchildren."
The 118 GOP Congressmen who voted for this incredible violation of parental rights were:
|Bachus (Ala.), Baker (La.), Barton (Tex.), Bass (N.H.), Beauprez (Colo.), Blunt (Mo.), Boehlert (N.Y.), Boehner (Ohio), Bonilla (Tex.), Bono (Calif.), Bradley (N.H.), Brown (S.C.), Burr (N.C.), Buyer (Ind.), Calvert (Calif.), Capito (W.Va.), Carter (Tex.), Castle (Del.), Crenshaw (Fla.), Cunningham (Calif.), Tom Davis (Va.), L. Diaz-Balart (Fla.), M. (Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Dreier (Calif.), Dunn (Wash.), Ehlers (Mich.), Emerson (Mo.), English (Pa.), Ferguson (N.J.), Foley (Fla.), Fossella (N.Y.), Gallegly (Calif.), Gerlach (Pa.), Gibbons (Nev.), Gilchrest (Md.), Gillmor (Ohio), Gingrey (Ga.), Granger (Tex.), Hall (Tex.), Harris (Fla.), Hastings (Wash.), Hayworth (Ariz.), Hobson (Ohio), Houghton (N.Y.), Hulshof (Mo.), Hyde (Ill.), Isakson (Ga.), Issa (Calif.), Jenkins (Tenn.), Johnson (Conn.), Sam Johnson (Tex.), Keller (Fla.), Kelly (N.Y.), King (N.Y.), Kirk (Ill.), Kline (Minn.), Knollenberg (Mich.), Kolbe (Ariz.), LaHood (Ill.), Latham (Iowa), LaTourette (Ohio), Leach (Iowa), Lewis (Calif.), LoBiondo (N.J.), McCrery (La.), McHugh (N.Y.), McKeon (Calif.), Mica (Fla.), Murphy (Pa.), Ney (Ohio), Northup (Ky.), Nunes (Calif.), Nussle (Iowa), Osborne (Neb.), Pearce (N.M.), Peterson (Pa.), Pickering (Miss.), Platts (Pa.), Porter (Nev.), Portman (Ohio), Putnam (Fla.), Radanovich (Calif.), Regula (Ohio), Rehberg (Mont.), Renzi (Ariz.), Reynolds (N.Y.), Rogers (Ala.), Rogers (Ky.), Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Shays (Conn.), Sherwood (Pa.), Shimkus (Ill.), Simmons (Conn.), Smith (N.J.), Taylor (N.C.), Thomas (Calif.), Tiberi (Ohio), Turner (Ohio), Walden (Ore.), Walsh (N.Y.), Wamp (Tenn.), Weldon (Fla.), Weldon (Pa.), Weller (Ill.), Wicker (Miss.), Wilson (N.M.), Wilson (S.C.), Wolf (Va.), and Young (Fla.). (House Roll Call no. 438, 9/9/04)|
"Prior to the House vote, [Congressman] Paul had vehemently denounced mandatory mental-health screening in a letter to fellow congressmen. Paul wrote, ‘[P]sychotropic drugs are increasingly prescribed for children who show nothing more than children’s typical rambunctious behavior. Many children have suffered harmful effects from these drugs. Yet some parents have even been charged with child abuse for refusing to drug their children. The federal government should not promote national mental-health screening programs that will force the use of these psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin.’
"The idea of nationally screening school children for mental health stems from the establishment of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002. Its mission is to ‘promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance.’ …
"[A]s WorldNetDaily reports, the commission’s panel ‘recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children … Schools, the panel concluded, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.’
"The public schools would address ‘the mental health needs of youth in the education system’ through ‘prevention, early identification, early intervention, and treatment.’ How early? …
"The bill has moved onto the Senate, where it will be heard before the end of the year." Source: Wendy McElroy, LewRockwell.com, 9/16/04
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of April 30, 2003
U.S. SENATE EMBRACES ROE v. WADE
"The Senate yesterday turned back a series of challenges to a proposed ban on an especially controversial abortion procedure but voted narrowly to reaffirm its general support of the 1973 Supreme Court decision asserting a womans right to terminate a pregnancy. "
NINE REPUBLICANS MAKE POSSIBLE PRO-ABORTION VICTORY
"The nonbinding resolution endorsing the right to abortion, approved 52 to 46, expresses the sense of the Senate that the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade was appropriate and secures an important constitutional right. The decision, it added, should not be overturned. "
TEXAS GOP SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON IS PRO-ROE
|"Nine Republicans [Campbell, Colo.; Chafee, R.I.; Collins, Maine; Hutchison, Tex.; Murkowski, Alaska; Snowe, Maine; Specter, Pa.; Stevens, Alaska, and Warner, Va.] joined 42 Democrats and one independent in voting for the resolution, which was sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).|
Abortion rights forces picked up one vote since 1999, when the Senate last voted to endorse Roe v. Wade. The vote then was 51 to 47." Source: Helen Dewar, The Washington Post, 3/13/03, p. A9
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of October 15, 2000
GOP'S CARA "COMPROMISE" IS STILL UNCONSTITUTIONAL
"Late Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed the Interior Appropriation's [sic] Bill by a vote of 83-16, which included a watered down, but still healthy version of CARA [Conservation And Reinvestment Act]. The House passed the same compromise on Tuesday 349-69, sending the measure to the President for his signature. Many have claimed victory because the compromise only authorizes the CARA programs for six years and the funding remains subject to congressional oversight, but the fact remains, Congress caved on CARA."
$12 BILLION FOR MORE FEDERAL LAND GRABS
"The compromise authorizes many aspects of the original bill. It is a six- year, $12 billion commitment that the White House supports because it gave them more than they sought through their Lands Legacy Initiative. The environmental-
ists are pleased because it dramatically increases the environmental budget and authorizes many new programs. ..."
REPUBLICANS ARE WORSE THAN DEMOCRATS
"The bill provides $2.5 billion more than President Clinton requested and $3.9 billion over the current funding of these programs -- more than doubling last [year's] federal conservation spending. ...
"[Senate] Majority Leader Trent Lott, who is a supporter of CARA, said that the 63 Senators who signed the DeWine letter supporting the passage of CARA have not given up [Editor: they want even more]. ..."
13 SENATORS VOTE CONSTITUTIONALLY
"The Interior version of the bill increases government acquisition of private lands...." Source: Liberty Matters News Service, 10/6/20, Faxback Doc 2035, 1-800-847-0227
Voting "No" in the Senate (Senate Roll Call no. 266, passed 83-13, 10/5/00) were
Breaux (D-La.), Brownback (R-Kans.), Feingold (D-Wisc.), Fitzgerald (R-Ill.), Graham (D-Fla.), Gramm (R-Tex.), Helms (R-N.C.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), Landrieu (D-La.), McCain (R-Ariz.), Sessions (R-Ala.), Smith (R-N.H.), and Voinovich (R-Ohio).
29 GOP SENATORS SIDE WITH RED CHINA ON MANDATORY ABORTION
The Republican National Coalition for Life's FaxNotes (9/22/00) reports that "Pro-life Republicans Help Defeat Helms Pro-life Amendment to China Trade Bill - From now on, Communist China's trading status will not be scrutinized by Congress on an annual basis. Instead, China has permanent trading status as well as U.S. approval for its petition to join the World Trade Organization. No longer will China's persistent human rights abuses and military expansion be a potential obstacle to our consideration of China as a trading partner. Money talks, in this case very loudly."
CONGRESS SUPPORTS SLAVE LABOR OVER FREE LABOR
"American businesses are making a fortune on the backs of Chinese laborers who manufacture thousands of products dirt cheap which are then imported by the U.S. to be sold at highly inflated prices to American consumers. It is truly becoming difficult to find a product that is not labeled 'Made in China.'
"Pressure for passage of the China trade bill has been so great that an amendment (4128) to HR-4444 expressing the sense of Congress that the President should urge Red China 'to cease its forced abortion and forced sterilization policies and practices' and 'to cease detention of those who resist abortion or sterilization,' offered by pro-life stalwart Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) was defeated 53-43."
29 "PRO-LIFE" REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTE FOR ABORTION
"Republican Senators...who voted against the Helms amendment were:
Allard, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, Chafee, Cochran, Craig, Crapo, Domenici, Enzi, Fitzgerald, Frist, Gramm (TX), Grams (MN), Grassley, Hagel, Hatch, Hutchison (TX), Lott, Lugar, Mack, McCain, Murkowski, Nickles, Roberts, Roth, Smith (OR), Stevens, Thomas."
41 PRO-HOMO GOP HOUSE MEMBERS BACK "HATE CRIMES" LAW
Juliet Eilperin reports (Washington Post, 9/14/00, p. A2) that "The House voted by a surprisingly wide margin yesterday to signal its support of hate-crime legislation that would protect gays as well as other targeted groups.
"The vote means that solid majorities in both chambers have advocated expanding federal jurisdiction to include violent crimes committed on the basis of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or disability. Forty-one Republicans joined 190 Democrats and an independent in supporting the motion, which instructed House negotiators to accept language attached to the annual Defense Department authorization bill."
The forty-one Republicans who voted "aye" (House Roll Call No. 471, 232-192, 9/13/00) were:
Bass (N.H.), Biggert (Ill.), Bilbray (Calif.), Boehlert (N.Y.), Bono (Calif.), Castle (Del.), Diaz-Balart (Fla.), English (Pa.), Foley (Fla.), Frelinghuysen (N.J.), Gallegly (Calif.), Gibbons (Nev.), Gillmor (Ohio), Gilman (N.Y.), Greenwood (Pa.), Horn (Calif.), Houghton (N.Y.), Johnson (Conn.), Kelly (N.Y.), Kolbe (Ariz.), Kuykendall (Calif.), LaHood (Ill.), LaTourette (Ohio), Leach (Iowa), LoBiondo (N.J.), McCollum (Fla.), McCrery (La.), Morella (Md.), Porter (Ill.), Quinn (N.Y.), Regula (Ohio), Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Roukema (N.J.), Saxton (N.J.), Shaw (Fla.), Shays (Conn.), Shimkus (Ill.), Smith (N.J.), Upton (Mich.), Walsh (N.Y.), and Weller (Ill.).
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of June 30, 2000
ONLY 56 OF 435 CONGRESSMEN OPPOSE U.S. MEMBERSHIP IN WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
The House of Representatives rejected a motion (House Roll Call no. 310, 6/21/00, defeated 56-363) which would have withdrawn U.S. approval from the agreement which established the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The 33 REPUBLICANS, 21 Democrats, and 2 Independents voting against U.S. membership in WTO were:
Abercrombie (Hawaii), ADERHOLT (Ala.), Baldwin (Wisc.), BARR (Ga.), BARTLETT (Md.), BILIRAKIS (Fla.), Bonior (Mich.), Brown (Ohio), BURTON (Ind.), CHENOWETH-HAGE (Idaho), COBURN (Okla.), DEAL (Ga.), DeFazio (Ore.), DOOLITTLE (Calif.), DUNCAN (Tenn.), EVERETT (Ala.), GIBBONS (Nev.), Goode (Va.), GOODLING (Penn.), Hall (Tex.), HILLEARY (Tenn.), HOSTETTLER (Ind.), HUNTER (Calif.), ISTOOK (Okla.), Jackson (Ill.), JONES (N.C.), Kaptur (Ohio), Kennedy (R.I.), Kucinich (Ohio), Lipinski (Ill.), McKinney (Ga.), METCALF (Wash.), Mink (Hawaii), NEY (Ohio), NORWOOD (Ga.), Oberstar (Minn.), Obey (Wisc.), PAUL (Tex.), Peterson (Minn.), POMBO (Calif.), ROHRABACHER (Calif.), Sanders (Vt.), SCARBOROUGH (Fla.), SCHAFFER (Colo.), SENSENBRENNER (Wisc.), SMITH (N.J.), Strickland (Ohio), Stupak (Mich.), TANCREDO (Colo.), Taylor (Miss.), TAYLOR (N.C.), Traficant (Ohio), WAMP (Tenn.), Waters (Calif.), WELDON (Fla.), and YOUNG (Alaska).
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of June 15, 2000
THESE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS VOTED TO GIVE AID AND COMFORT TO THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY OF COMMUNIST CHINA
HOUSE REPUBLICANS BACK CLINTON BY A MARGIN OF 164 TO 73
164 Republicans (CAPS) and 73 Democrats (lower case) voted to give permanent Most-Favored-Nation trade status to Red China (Roll Call no. 228, passed 237 to 197, 5/24/00):
Alabama: BACHUS, CALLAHAN, Cramer, EVERETT Arizona: KOLBE, SALMON, SHADEGG, STUMP Arkansas: Berry, DICKEY, HUTCHINSON, Snyder California: Becera, BILBRAY, BONO, CALVERT, CAMPBELL, Capps, COX, CUNNINGHAM, Dixon, Dooley, DOOLITTLE, DREIER, Eshoo, GALLEGLY, HERGER, KUYKENDALL, LEWIS, Lofgren, Martinez, Matsui, McKEON, GARY MILLER, OSE, PACKARD, RADANOVICH, ROGAN, ROYCE, Tauscher, THOMAS, Thompson, Waxman Colorado: DeGette, McINNIS, SCHAFFER Connecticut: JOHNSON, SHAYS Delaware: CASTLE Florida: Boyd, CANADY, Davis, FOLEY, FOWLER, GOSS, McCOLLUM, MILLER, SHAW, Thurman, YOUNG Georgia: Bishop, CHAMBLISS, ISAKSON, LINDER Idaho: SIMPSON Illinois: BIGGERT, CRANE, EWING, HASTERT, HYDE, LaHOOD, MANZULLO, PORTER, SHIMKUS, WELLER Indiana: Carson, Hill, McINTOSH, PEASE, Roemer Iowa: Boswell, GANSKE, LATHAM, LEACH, NUSSLE Kansas: Moore, MORAN, RYUN, TIAHRT Kentucky: FLETCHER, LEWIS, Lucas, NORTHUP, WHITFIELD Louisiana: BAKER, COOKSEY, Jefferson, John, McCRERY, TAUZIN, VITTER Maine: Allen Maryland: Cardin, GILCHREST, Hoyer, MORELLA Massachusetts: Meehan, Neal Michigan: CAMP, EHLERS, KNOLLENBERG, Levin, SMITH, UPTON Minnesota: GUTKNECHT, Minge, RAMSTAD Mississippi: PICKERING, WICKER Missouri: BLUNT, EMERSON, HULSHOF, TALENT, Skelton Montana: HILL Nebraska: BARRETT, BEREUTER, TERRY New Hampshire: BASS, SUNUNU New Jersey: FRANKS, FRELINGHUYSEN, ROUKEMA New Mexico: SKEEN, WILSON New York: Ackerman, BOEHLERT, FOSSELLA, HOUGHTON, KELLY, LaFalce, LAZIO, Lowey, Maloney, McHUGH, Meeks, Rangel, REYNOLDS, Serrano, SWEENEY, WALSH, Weiner North Carolina: BALLENGER, Etheridge, MYRICK, Price North Dakota: Pomeroy Ohio: BOEHNER, CHABOT, GILLMOR, HOBSON, KASICH, OXLEY, PORTMAN, PRYCE, REGULA, Sawyer Oklahoma: ISTOOK, LARGENT, LUCAS, WATKINS, WATTS Oregon: Blumenauer, Hooley, WALDEN Pennsylvania: ENGLISH, GEKAS, GREENWOOD, PETERSON, PITTS, SHERWOOD, SHUSTER, TOOMEY, WELDON South Carolina: DeMINT South Dakota: THUNE Tennessee: BRYANT, Ford, HILLEARY, JENKINS, Tanner Texas: ARCHER, ARMEY, Bentsen, BONILLA, BRADY, COMBEST, DeLAY, Doggett, Edwards, Frost, Gonzalez, GRANGER, Hall, Hinojosa, Jackson-Lee, E.B. Johnson, SAM JOHNSON, Ortiz, Reyes, Sandlin, SESSIONS, SMITH, Stenholm, THORNBERRY, Turner Utah: CANNON, HANSEN Virginia: BATEMAN, BLILEY, DAVIS, GOODLATTE, Moran, Pickett Washington: Baird, Dicks, DUNN, HASTINGS, Inslee, McDermott, NETHERCUTT, Smith Wisconsin: GREEN, Kind, PETRI, RYAN Wyoming: CUBIN
HOUSE HEROES RESISTED PRESSURE FROM GEORGE W. BUSH, AL GORE, BILL CLINTON, DENNIS HASTERT, DICK ARMEY, TOM DeLAY, AND THE REST OF THE RED CHINA LOBBY
The 57 Republicans (CAPS), 138 Democrats (lower case), and 2 Independents (italics) who voted against permanent MFN for Red China were:
Alabama: ADERHOLT, Hilliard, RILEY Alaska: YOUNG Arizona: HAYWORTH, Pastor California: Baca, Berman, Condit, Farr, Filner, HORN, HUNTER, Lantos, Lee, Millender-McDonald, George Miller, Napolitano, Pelosi, POMBO, ROHRABACHER, Roybal-Allard, Sanchez, Sherman, Stark, Waters, Woolsey Colorado: HEFLEY, TANCREDO, Udall Connecticut: DeLauro, Gejdenson, Larson, Maloney Florida: BILIRAKIS, Brown, DIAZ-BALART, Deutsch, Hastings, Meek, MICA, ROS-LEHTINEN, STEARNS, WELDON, Wexler Georgia: BARR, COLLINS, DEAL, KINGSTON, Lewis, McKinney, NORWOOD Hawaii: Abercrombie, Mink Idaho: CHENOWETH-HAGE Illinois: Blagojevich, Costello, Davis, Evans, Gutierrez, Jackson, Lipinski, Phelps, Rush, Schakowsky Indiana: BURTON, BUYER, HOSTETTLER, SOUDER, Visclosky Kentucky: ROGERS Maine: Baldacci Maryland: BARTLETT, Cummings, EHRLICH, Wynn Massachusetts: Capuano, Delahunt, Frank, Markey, McGovern, Moakley, Olver, Tierney Michigan: Barcia, Bonior, Conyers, Dingell, HOEKSTRA, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Rivers, Stabenow, Stupak Minnesota: Luther, Oberstar, Peterson, Sabo, Vento Mississippi: Shows, Taylor, Thompson Missouri: Clay, Danner, Gephardt, McCarthy Nevada: Berkley, GIBBONS New Jersey: Andrews, Holt, LoBIONDO, Menendez, Pallone, Pascrell, Payne, Rothman, SAXTON, SMITH New Mexico: Udall New York: Crowley, Engel, Forbes, GILMAN, Hinchey, KING, McCarthy, McNulty, Nadler, Owens, QUINN, Slaughter, Towns, Velasquez North Carolina: BURR, Clayton, COBLE, HAYES, JONES, McIntyre, TAYLOR, Watt Ohio: Brown, Hall, Jones, Kaptur, Kucinich, LaTOURETTE, NEY, Strickland, Traficant Oklahoma: COBURN Oregon: DeFazio, Wu Pennsylvania: Borski, Brady, Coyne, Doyle, Fattah, GOODLING, Hoeffel, Holden, Kanjorski, Klink, Mascara, Murtha Rhode Island: Kennedy, Weygand South Carolina: Clyburn, GRAHAM, SANFORD, SPENCE, Spratt Tennessee: Clement, DUNCAN, Gordon, WAMP Texas: BARTON, Green, Lampson, PAUL, Rodriguez Utah: COOK Vermont: Sanders Virginia: Boucher, Goode, Scott, Sisisky, WOLF Washington: METCALF West Virginia: Mollohan, Rahall, Wise Wisconsin: Baldwin, Barrett, Kleczka, Obey, SENSENBRENNER
GOP DELIVERS FOR BILL CLINTON AND BIG BUSINESS
Eric Schmitt reports (New York Times, 5/26/00, p. 1) from Washington that "When Representative Tom DeLay came to work on Wednesday, he was still a vote or two shy of the bare-minimum 150 Republicans he needed to help push the China trade bill over the top."
TOM DeLAY, G.W. BUSH, AND COLIN POWELL WHIPPED REPUBLICAN BACK-BENCHERS
"Mr. DeLay, the Republican whip, had lined up lots of help. Gov. George W. Bush of Texas was recruited to cajole several wavering Republicans. So was Gen. Colin L. Powell. Dozens of pro-grade lobbyists and corporate chieftains fanned out on Capitol Hill to buttonhole the last dozen or so undeclared members for what both camps predicted would be a nail-biter.
"Over the next crucial hours, those calls and an array of other influences paid off, as virtually every undeclared Republican, and even a few others who had been written off, broke Mr. DeLay's way. In all, 164 Republicans joined 73 Democrats [who] voted to grant China permanent normal trading status, wiping out economic restrictions rooted in cold-war policy for a quarter century. ..."
2/3 OF GOP ABANDONED ANTI-COMMUNISM
"Normalizing trade with China was a victory for the Clinton administration, but House Republicans had their own reasons for voting three-to-one in favor of the bill. Passage insured that Republicans' corporate benefactors would fully benefit....
"The House Republican leadership closed ranks behind the bill.... But they needed to produce two-thirds of the yes votes, and had a tough sell with many Republicans who balked at rewarding a trade plum to a Communist government with a record of religious persecution and political repression."
GOP ONCE FREED THE SLAVES -- NOW REPUBLICANS FEED THE SLAVEMASTERS
Family Research Council reports (Washington Update, 5/25/00) that "Speaker Denny Hastert (R-Ill.) spoke for most Republican House members as he appealed for support for Permanent Most Favored Nation trade status for China when he said: 'We are going to send [China] a glimpse of freedom, and the idea of Illinois' favorite son, Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator.' The Republicans delivered 164 of the 237 votes in favor of the measure. That was fully seventy percent of the majority vote The New York Times called 'a Clinton triumph.' But Georgia Republican Charlie Norwood said: 'This is not just cheap labor, my friends. This is slave labor.' Norwood was a leader among the 57 Republicans and 138 Democrats who opposed giving China permanent trading privileges. Speaker Hastert was awarded a giant fortune cookie by jubilant supporters after the vote."
MFN PROTECTS BEIJING FROM INTERNAL OPPOSITION
Paul Sperry observes (WorldNetDaily.com, 5/24/00) that "Lost in all the glowing hype over China's 'market reforms,' 'miracle economy' and 'vast untapped' consumer base is a darker story -- one that Beijing, the White House and Washington's pro-China lobby don't want you to hear, says a prominent Chinese dissident in exile here.
"It's a secret tale of People's Liberation Army soldiers storming a depressed mining town to put down the worst industrial rioting in years. And angry jobless farmers staging a record 2,000 riots against local communist authorities.
"The unrest comes as China's unemployment rate hits a 30-year high and its economy nears collapse."
AMERICAN DOLLARS HELP SMASH ANTI-COMMUNIST PROTESTS
"Such internal pressures are the real reason Beijing wants to lock in trade favors with the U.S., says dissident Wei Jingsheng (pronounced: Way Gin-shun), the father of China's democracy movement. It desperately needs money for the PLA to retake Taiwan, but also to smash uprisings.
"'It's highly unstable over there,' Wei said in a recent interview."
FDR PROPPED UP STALIN -- GOP KEEPS ZIANG JEMIN IN POWER
"Speaking through an interpreter, Wei said the communist regime is losing control over the masses. Denied unemployment benefits, while seeing more and more butter diverted to guns (and the pockets of PLA princelings), the country's 800 million peasants are growing increasingly restless, he said. 'The economy is in very bad shape,' he said. 'There is a possibility of revolt.' ...
"High unemployment is not limited to the countryside. It's climbed to 20 percent in the cities, says economist Peter Brain of the National Institute for Economic and Industrial Research in Melbourne, Australia.
"Sources in Beijing report hordes of unemployed drifters being kept from Beijing (and Western eyes) through routine dragnets on the highway approaches to the capital. In Guangzhou, tens of thousands of unemployed are told to sit each day, like potted plants in a massive square."
FORCED MIGRATION OF 300 MILLION PEASANTS AIDED BY HUD
"To boost sagging consumer demand in the cities, communist leaders are planning to move 300 million peasants into cities and towns in what will be the world's largest forced human resettlement. (It looks like the Clinton administration is helping in the effort. HUD recently signed a deal with Beijing to help it build new public housing.) ...
"Last year's budget deficit hit a record. Some 70 percent of current borrowings are going to service existing debt, Brain says. At 21 percent of GDP, China's debt is five times higher than it was in 1995, says Brookings Institution economist Nicholas Lardy."
ANTI-U.S. MILITARY BUILD-UP IS SUBSIDIZED BY MFN
"How did it get in this mess? Through the biggest military buildup on the planet (though Japan's depression hasn't helped). The Chinese Communist Party, which funds the Central Military Commission, has ordered eight years of double-digit hikes in military spending.
"Modernizing the military is the Chinese Communist Party's real aim in cutting a trade deal with the U.S., Wei says."
GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED BANKS REDIRECT THE $$
"'Since the Chinese government runs the banks, they will take Western loans and turn around and put them into the military,' he said. It will also apply U.S. technology to develop new weapons systems.
"The PLA controls some 15,000 companies. Though their sales total about $10 billion, most are poorly run and lose money. But without the PLA, there is no communist control. So the army must continue to be fed, Wei says. 'The Chinese government doesn't really care about investments,' he said. 'They just care about staying in power.'"
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of June 15, 2000
IN 50-49 ROLL CALL, SEVEN GOP SENATORS VOTED AGAINST YOUR GUN RIGHTS
Seven opportunistic Republican Senators contributed to the 50 to 49 victory of the gun control lobby when the U.S. Senate on May 17 voted "to demand prompt Congressional approval of new gun controls".
The seven Republican Senators voting with the Democrats (50-49, Roll Call no. 104, 5/17/00) in favor of prompt congressional approval of new gun control legislation were Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), DeWine (Ohio), Fitzgerald (Ill.), Jeffords (Vt.), Lugar (Ind.), Roth (Del.), and Warner (Va.).
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of May 31, 2000
G.W. BUSH IS CONSTITUTIONALLY IGNORANT OR INDIFFERENT
Eric Schmitt reports (New York Times, 5/17/00, p. A11) that "Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, today sharply criticized a bill backed by Senate Republicans that would set a deadline for withdrawing American ground troops from Kosovo. Mr. Bush called the bill a 'legislative overreach' that would tie his hands if he becomes president. ...
"Until today, momentum seemed to be building among most Senate Republicans for the measure, which would cut off funds for the 5,900 United States forces in Kosovo by July 1, 2001, forcing their withdrawal, unless Congress authorizes an extension. Many Republicans said they assumed that Mr. Bush endorsed the measure, which may be voted on as early as [May 24]. ..."
"'The Clinton-Gore administration has failed to instill trust in Congress and the American people when it comes to our military and deployment of troops overseas, but the governor does not believe this provision is the way to resolve the lack of presidential leadership,' Scott McClellan, a spokesman for Mr. Bush, said. 'Governor Bush views it as a legislative overreach on powers of the presidency.'"
"Top aides to President Clinton have recommended that he veto an $8.6 billion military construction bill if the Senate language is attached. The bill includes $4.7 billion for American military operations in Kosovo, anti-drug efforts in Colombia and other defense spending."
15 GOP SENATORS WALK THE PLANK FOR DUBYA ON KOSOVO
Eric Schmitt adds (New York Times, 5/19/00, pp. 1, 10) that "In a victory for the Clinton administration, the Senate...narrowly rejected a measure to set a deadline for withdrawing American ground troops from Kosovo. Gov. George W. Bush of Texas had also criticized the measure, but even so 40 Republicans voted for it."
SPENCER ABRAHAM, BILL ROTH, ORRIN HATCH AND OTHER Y2K CANDIDATES IGNORE THE CONSTITUTION
"By a vote of 53 to 47, senators stripped a provision from a military construction spending bill that would have cut off funds for the 5,600 United States troops in Kosovo by July 1, 2001, forcing their withdrawal unless Congress authorized an extension. ...
"Fifteen of the 55 Republicans voted for a Democratic amendment to strike the withdrawal language from the $8.6 billion military construction spending bill. At least two or three Republicans, including Thad Cochran of Mississippi, said they were swayed by the opposition by Mr. Bush, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. ..."
Those 15 Republican Senators who voted (53-47, Roll Call no. 105, 5/18/00) to remove language requiring the United States to withdraw ground troops from Kosovo on July 1, 2001 were: Abraham (Mich.), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), Cochran (Miss.), DeWine (Ohio), Frist (Tenn.), Hagel (Neb.), Hatch (Utah), Jeffords (Vt.), Lugar (Ind.), Mack (Fla.), McCain (Ariz.), Roth (Del.), Smith (Ore.), Thompson (Tenn.), and Voinovich (Ohio).
"'The intent of the amendment is to restore congressional oversight over the Kosovo mission,' said Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the provision's chief Democratic sponsor. 'Of course, the administration doesn't like it. They want a free hand to participate in military adventurism whenever and wherever they please. They don't want to hear a peep out of Congress.'"
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of February 29, 2000
GOP'S "AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT" STILL DISABLES THE INNOCENT
If anyone needs further persuasion that drug-addicted AIDS-infected homosexuals should be excluded from employment in hospitals, restaurants, and other places where they can do harm, one need only observe the example of a recent health catastrophe at the highly regarded Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
294 GEORGETOWN HOSPITAL PATIENTS PLACED AT RISK
As reported in The Washington Times (2/25/00, p. C1), "Carolyn Jousse, 45, has been troubled since opening her mail this week and learning a drug-addicted employee of Georgetown University hospital may have switched her pain-killing drug, fentanyl, with saline from a dirty syringe.
"She is one of 294 Georgetown patients to whom radiology technician Jeffrey L. Royal could have transmitted an infectious disease in the five months he worked at the hospital."
AN ASP IN THE BOSOM IS MORE DEADLY THAN A SNAKE IN THE GRASS
"Ms. Jousse had undergone surgery 10 times before but never had she suffered such severe pain as Nov. 23 when she screamed, pleaded and prayed to die.
"'I screamed bloody murder. I kept asking for more painkillers....Doctors said I had enough to kill a horse,' said Ms. Jousse, 45, Rockville resident and mother of two teen-agers. 'I was asking them to kill me,' Ms. Jousse said, recalling her recovery immediately following spinal surgery."
DRUG ADDICTS SHOULD NOT BE HIRED TO OVERSEE HEALTH CARE
"Two months earlier, Jeffrey L. Royal, 40, had started working in the interventional radiology department. Two months after Ms. Jousse's surgery, Georgetown University Hospital charged him with siphoning pain-killing drugs from patients' supplies.
"It was on Feb. 2 that a clinical manager and nurse saw Mr. Royal use a syringe to take drugs from a patient's medication dispensing pump, court records state. Hospital security found four syringes and a small bottle in his shirt pocket. The narcotic in two syringes was fentanyl, the same drug that Ms. Jousse had been prescribed. Campus police arrested Mr. Royal, of Kensington, immediately. He was arraigned in U.S. District Court Tuesday on charges of tampering with consumer products, a felony."
SELF-INFLICTED PROBLEMS SHOULD NOT BECOME PUBLICLY PROTECTED "DISABILITIES"
"Georgetown officials have mailed letters to the 294 patients who were in that unit during Mr. Royal's tenure there, from Sept. 8 to Feb. 2.
"The hospital is urging them to come in for free tests to determine whether they were infected with such diseases as hepatitis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The letters explain that infections from blood or other bodily fluids might have occurred during 'unauthorized and inappropriate use of medical equipment.'" Of course, the Americans with Disabilities Act pushed through Congress in 1990 by Senate GOP Leader Bob Dole and President George Bush purports to require that AIDS carriers be hired, on the basis of their apparent disability.
Senators who voted against enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act were: Bill Armstrong (R-Colo.), Christopher Bond (R-Mo.), Jake Garn (R-Utah), Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.), Jim McClure (R-Idaho), Steve Symms (R-Idaho), and Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.)
McCAIN, HATCH, GRAMM, LUGAR, AND WARNER BACKED ADA
Those Senators still in public office who voted "AYE" included:
Shelby (D-Ala.), Stevens (R-Alaska), McCain (R-Ariz.), Dodd (D-Conn.), Lieberman (D-Conn.), Biden (Del.), Graham (D-Fla.), Mack (R-Fla.), Lugar (R-Ind.), Harkin (D-Iowa), Grassley (R-Iowa), McConnell (R-Ky.), Sarbanes (D-Md.), Kennedy (D-Mass.), Kerry (D-Mass.), Levin (D-Mich.), Cochran (R-Miss.), Kerrey (D-Neb.), Bryan (D-Nev.), Reid (D-Nev.), Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Bingaman (D-N.M.), Domenici (R-N.M.), Moynihan (D-N.Y.), Conrad (D-N.D.), Nickles (R-Okla.), Specter (R-Pa.), Hollings (D-S.C.), Thurmond (R-S.C.), Daschle (D-S.D.), Gramm (R-Tex.), Hatch (R-Utah), Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeffords (R-Vt.), Robb (D-Va.), Warner (R-Va.), Gorton (R-Wash.), Byrd (D-W.Va.), Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), and Kohl (D-Wisc.).
ELEPHANTS NEVER REMEMBER
There's an old story that elephants never forget. I wish it were true. The tragedy is that conservative Republicans never remember. They never remember that Republicans have sold them out on NAFTA, the Fed, the World Trade Organization, bailouts of the U.N., Planned Parenthood subsidies, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legal Services Corporation, Bosnia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, homosexual subsidies, Federal control of education, quotas, immigration, taxes, spending, and almost everything else that really matters.
Call it what you will: amnesia, Alzheimer's, or asininity to be a conservative Republican, you must consistently forget the past, and be consistently condemned to repeat it.
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