The U.S. House of Representatives is approaching a vote on the Waxman-Markey bill (more formally, the American Clean Energy and Security Act ACESA), and we have been hearing how the House vote will be close. "Contact your Congressman. It's important," we hear.
We tried. The web site for our Congressman, Harry Teague of the Second District in New Mexico, is inaccessible and through that site is the only way to send him an e-mail. It appears a lot of his constituents are trying to reach him. Frustration!
Mrs Critter seems to have found an approach that may work. She was able to reach House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's web site. She took advantage of the opportunity to send this message:
Harry Teague's mail box is full. See if you can pass this e-mail on to him. Thank you.
"Good luck to you. You are not fooling anyone. It is going to be interesting to note how you will vote against your own amendment. Congressman Perriello from Virginia has announced that he is withholding his "No" vote until he is sure the bill will pass. I suspect you are doing the same as in your other "No" votes in which your No vote did not amount to a pot of beans.
I also hear that Pelosi is threatening junior congressman in that she will withhold campaign dollars. Well Harry, I wasn't aware you could be threatened that easily. This vote will demonstrate your true allegiance to Pelosi/Obama or the people you represent. Good luck."
The other thing I would say to my Congressman is "Go ahead and vote for this bill IF you want to enrich Nancy Pelosi and wreck the economy."
And I would ask how it is that this bill magically gained an additional 300 pages on its way to the House floor. The bill went through a number of committees; none of the committees has seen these changes, much less had any hearings on them, though these pages amount to an additional one-third of the Waxman-Markey bill those committees considered and passed. The only Congressional Representatives who have seen them are the deceptive individuals who inserted these additions in the dark of night.
This is not representative government.
UPDATE: It turns out the extra 300 pages were an amendment inserted into the bill at 3 a.m. this morning by Henry Waxman in hopes no one would be able to read it before the vote. It was done this way, by the primary author of the bill, to insure no committee and no other members would be able to review these changes. What are Waxman and his Boss Pelosi trying to hide? Besides giving billions to Al Gore, I mean? It also appears the 300 magic pages raise the already HUGE cost of this bill by at least 25-30% at least another $2 trillion. And it was already the biggest tax bill in history.
UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi has managed to bludgeon and bribe enough of her subordinates to pass this turkey. All the New Mexico Congressmen, including Harry Teague, voted for it. I guess the "undecided" stance was just a pretense. So Harry Teague profits, a few top Democrat leaders profit a lot, and America gets this recession's version of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930.