Bastards, The Lot Of Them…

11 congressmen just voted against the $51 billion package ( H. R. 3673) for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

All Republicans, by the way.

Joe Barton – TX
Jeff Flake – AZ
Virginia Foxx – NC
Scott Garrett – NJ
John Hostettler – IN
Steve King – IA
Butch Otter – ID
Ron Paul – TX
James Sensenbrenner – WI
Tom Tancredo – CO
Lynn Westmoreland – GA

11 Comments so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 7:51 pm

    I’m all about criticizing Lynn Westmoreland, but read the text of his statement in opposition to the bill, note the courage it took to cast the vote, and then tell me that he really deserves to be called a scumbag…at least for this particular vote.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 8:03 pm

    Hmmm… damn, yeah… I didnt see that, I just saw the nay vote and it kicked me off… Time for a retraction of sorts

  3. sick of it all (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 10:05 pm

    yes he is still a scumbag. he wants accounting for how the money will be spent. and yet, when it comes to the billions that congress votes to give to iraq, where is the call for accountability on the parts of republicans. so yes, they are hypocrites and scumbags to boot

  4. jehad (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 10:45 pm

    yeh I assumed the objections were made along the lines of westmoreland’s stated reasons, to which i generally agree ..although doesn’t it just make everyone feel better when they hear a large number like $51 billion…i mean, it’s the big number that matters…who really cares how our local or federal govt will find a way to waste our money…

  5. jehad (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    and yes federal money, our money, is needed. just continue to hold reps accountable. also continue to donate to the charities, who although suffer from similar bureaucratic bs, seem to have a better hand on helping than the govt.

  6. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 9:36 am

    If Rep. Westmoreland is so interested in spending accountability, then why hasn’t he

    a) raised a stink about the $9 billion that vanished from the U.S. Treasury, unaccounted for, thanks to the sloppiness of Paul Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority (fyi-that’s not a made up number, it comes CPA’s own auditor )

    b) spoken up against the porky porkingest bill of the year, the so-called Energy Policy Act of 2005. Rep. Westmoreland voted for the bill.

    The plain fact is, Rep. Westmoreland has decided to become “principled” just in time to keep money from going to some poor people.

    I respectfully request that you retract your retraction.

  7. Greg (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 9:49 am

    The one thing I do maintain is they are all bastards, the lot of them… Republican bastards at that…

  8. jehad (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 11:09 am

    what happen to your ‘update’? Did you delete?

    first of all, they are all bastards, democrat and republican congresspersons alike. they are all big spenders, the porkiest porkerers, talking head yahoos holding all accountable but themselves, grabbing at power where they can from who they can for as long as they can…most big city mayors suck too but that’s another matter.

    When it comes to spending I like it anytime someone gets ‘principled’ in dissent. Glad this drew attention, regardless of messenger.

    Again money is needed and a flow of funds is dire in times like this, and money will be going to “poor people” and those “others” who have built businesses and lives that have been destroyed but unfortunately the flow is all under the control of ineffectual, wasteful govt agencies…

  9. Jim V. (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 5:59 pm

    Lynn Westmoreland is a Republican hack in a gerrymandered district.

    That being said, put on your media consultant hat, and write the ad for Lynn Westmoreland’s opponent in 2006. It’s too easy. There has to be a lot easier way for him to pander to his extra-chromosome supporters. Even the Senators who failed to co-sponsor the anti-lynching apology had the cover of “unanimous consent.”

    I hope Westmoreland loses in 2006. I hope he never again holds public office. Still, it seems to me that that the only explanation for this vote is principle. I hope I’m wrong. I generally prefer Republicans to be 100% scumbags. Nuance irritates me.

  10. jehad (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 7:13 pm

    VO by creepy political ad vocal talent hired by some scumbag Democrat to attack a republican scumbag, or perhaps done by Mr. Nouraee (although not quite sure he has the voice for it):

    “Westmoreland hates poor people. After Hurricane Katrina devastatingly wiped out the lives and livelihoods of millions along the Gulf Coast, many of who were the poorest of the poor, Westmoreland said NO to these poor people . . . out of pure, unabashed evil, disguised as ‘principle.’ Where was your ‘principle’ Mr. Westmoreland when 9 billion dollars vanished from our nation’s coffers thanks to Paul Bremer?”

  11. Jim V. (unregistered) on September 13th, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

    Interesting article on the vote for the Hurricane Katrina relief package: Congress Unleashes Money With Hurricane Force: Andrew Ferguson.

    “A member of the leadership told the congressman on the floor he would regret this vote,” said Brian Robertson, spokesman for Republican Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, explaining his boss’s vote against the appropriation. “We knew it would be controversial,” Robertson said. “I didn’t put out a press release on it. You can’t get in an argument about it because the other side is always, ‘Well, you don’t care about people.’ Our position is nuanced, and it’s hard to explain nuance.”

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