Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shutdown US Government Remembered with Anger by Voters

This is not about Obamacare. This is about congressional misconduct, and a breach of the public trust that must not go unpunished.

This time last year the American people were mad as a wet hen at the United States Government. To be more precise they were mad at the looming shutdown of the federal government, and them responsible for it. I think it is extremely interesting that we don't see anything like that happening now. The conditions that fostered the shutdown fight remains, so why no fight?

The Affordable Care Act is still the law. The GOP/Tea Party still hate that fact very much. They also want to keep incumbent seats and remember how angry the American people were about their behavior in congress last year. If the same climate existed now as it did then, not one single incumbent GOP congressman would remain. All of them would be rejected because of voter anger over the possible shutdown threat.

I believe the people were angry over tactics more than anything else. The republicans tried 50 times unsuccessfully to get the ACA repealed. When they couldn't get their way using the regular machinery of our government, they try tacking the defunding of the ACA onto ANY bill funding the operation of our government. It was even a plot to use the threat of governmental shutdown as a means to an end. The de-funding of the Affordable Care Act.

The plot, conceived of by the Republicans, was put into text with the infamous Meadows Letter to Speaker of the House, John Boehner. In this letter, the idea of using the shutting down of the government as a tool, was encouraged. There was a long list of sponsors, co-sponsors and signers to the Meadows letter. They were all in lock step with the republican leadership, and the bully tactics of the Tea Party.

What was being threatened by a government shutdown? Many thousands of jobs were directly threatened by this. Veterans and Social Security would have been affected. Pensions and medical services our seniors depend on would of been at risk. Roads and bridges would of been left to rot. Businesses who contract goods and services would of started laying off workers. All but the most basic of functions would have been curtailed. All of it would of been had by a rogue Republican Party, and an out of limits Tea Party.

Time is coming very soon to elect our representatives. That is why you don't hear anything about de-funding the ACA. That's why you don't have the republicans and Tea Party going rabid over shutting down our government. They know how angry we citizens were about their behavior. They know that we would't support any signers of the Meadows letter. That is why you don't hear of it now.

I have a warning for you. If you don't remove these people from office, next year you'll have another fight with the possible shutdown of the government being used as a tool. The Republicans have shown a willingness to use such tactics if they believe it will work in their favor, to hell with the consequences. Now is the time for the American's people to respond with righteous anger when at the voting booth.

When I counted this last year there were 80 members of congress who signed the Meadows Letter or the Graves Bill. I encourage you to do a little Google search on this and remember your indignation. I encourage you to send a strong message to congress that such actions will not be tolerated by the citizens of the United States. Send that message in the form of your important and valuable vote. Vote for a candidate other than one you find on this list of shame.

I'm not forgetting the slap in the face our congress gave us. I'm not forgetting last year when I wondered if my Social Security check would arrive. That is why Luke Messer (R) incumbent congressman District 6 Indiana, will NOT get my vote. He was a co-sponsor of the Meadows Letter. He is not fit to serve.

Look through this list and see if one of the names matches someone running in your district. If you find a match, punish the person by ignoring them. Vote for someone else.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows Sends Letter to Boehner, Cantor Encouraging House Leadership to Defund Obamacare

And below is the list of Republican Congressmen, and where each stands on the Tom Graves bill and the Meadows letter. So far 80 Representatives have signed the Meadows letter:
Co-Sponsored Tom Graves Bill
Mark Meadows Letter
Bob Aderholt AL-4
Co-sponsor Rodney AlexanderLA-5
Co-sponsor Justin Amash MI-3 Signer
Co-sponsor Mark Amodei NV-2
Co-sponsor M. Bachmann MN-6 Signer
Spencer Bachus AL-6
Lou Barletta PA-11
Co-sponsor Andy Barr KY-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Joe Barton TX-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Dan Benishek MI-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Kerry Bentivolio MI-11 Signer
Co-sponsor Gus Bilirakis FL-12 Signer
Co-sponsor Rob Bishop UT-1 Signer
Diane Black TN-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Marsha Blackburn TN-7
John Boehner OH-8
Co-sponsor Charles Boustany LA-3
Kevin Brady TX-8
Co-sponsor Jim Bridenstine OK-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Mo Brooks AL-5 Signer
Co-sponsor Susan Brooks IN-5
Co-sponsor Paul Broun GA-10 Signer
Vern Buchanan FL-16
Co-sponsor Larry Bucshon IN-8
Co-sponsor Michael Burgess TX-26
Ken Calvert CA-42
Dave Camp MI-4
John Campbell CA-45
Eric Cantor VA-7
S.M. WV-2
John Carter TX-31
Co-sponsor Bill Cassidy LA-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Steve Chabot OH-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Jason Chaffetz UT-3
Howard Coble NC-6 Signer
Mike Coffman CO-6
Chris Collins NY-27
Co-sponsor Doug Collins GA-9 Signer
Co-sponsor Mike Conaway TX-11 Signer
Paul Cook CA-8 Signer
Co-sponsor Tom Cotton AR-4
Kevin Cramer ND-AL
Co-sponsor Rick Crawford AR-1 Signer
Ander Crenshaw FL-4
Co-sponsor John Culberson TX-7
Co-sponsor Steve Daines MT-AL Signer
Davis IL-13 Signer
Jeff Denham CA-10
Charlie Dent PA-15
Co-sponsor Ron DeSantis FL-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Scott DesJarlais TN-4
Mario Diaz-BalartFL-25
Co-sponsor Sean Duffy WI-7
Co-sponsor Jeff Duncan SC-3 Signer
John Duncan TN-2 Signer
Renee Ellmers NC-2
Co-sponsor Blake Farenthold TX-27 Signer
Co-sponsor Steve Fincher TN-8
Mike Fitzpatrick PA-8
Co-sponsor Chuck FleischmannTN-3 Signer
Co-sponsor John Fleming LA-4 Signer
Co-sponsor Bill Flores TX-17 Signer
Randy Forbes VA-4
Jeff Fortenberry NE-1
Virginia Foxx NC-5
Co-sponsor Trent Franks AZ-8 Signer
R. Frelinghuysen NJ-11
Co-sponsor Cory Gardner C0-4
Co-sponsor Scott Garrett NJ-5
Jim Gerlach PA-6
Co-sponsor Bob Gibbs OH-7
Chris Gibson NY-19
Co-sponsor Phil Gingrey GA-11 Signer
Co-sponsor Louie Gohmert TX-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Bob Goodlatte VA-6
Co-sponsor Paul Gosar AZ-4 Signer
Co-sponsor Trey Gowdy SC-4
Co-sponsor Kay Granger TX-12
Sam Graves MO-6 Signer
SPONSOR Tom Graves GA-9 Signer
Co-sponsor Tim Griffin AR-2 Signer
Morgan Griffith VA-9
Co-sponsor Michael Grimm NY-11
Co-sponsor Brett Guthrie KY-2
Co-sponsor Ralph Hall TX-4 Signer
Richard Hanna NY-22
Co-sponsor Gregg Harper MS-3
Co-sponsor Andy Harris MD-1
Co-sponsor Vicky Hartzler MO-4
Co-sponsor Doc Hastings WA-4
Joe Heck NV-3
Co-sponsor Jeb Hensarling TX-5
J.H. Beutler WA-3
Co-sponsor George Holding NC-13 Signer
Co-sponsor Richard Hudson NC-8 Signer
Co-sponsor Tim Huelskamp KS-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Bill Huizenga MI-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Randy Hultgren IL-14 Signer
Duncan Hunter CA-50
Co-sponsor Robert Hurt VA-5
Darrell Issa CA-49
Co-sponsor Lynn Jenkins KS-2
Co-sponsor Bill Johnson OH-6
Co-sponsor Sam Johnson TX-3
Co-sponsor Walter Jones NC-3 Signer
Co-sponsor Jim Jordan OH-4 Signer
David Joyce OH-14
Mike Kelly PA-3
Pete King NY-2
Co-sponsor Steve King IA-4 Signer
Co-sponsor Jack Kingston GA-1 Signer
Adam Kinzinger IL-16
John Kline MN-2
Co-sponsor Raul Labrador ID-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Doug LaMalfa CA-1 Signer
Co-sponsor Doug Lamborn CO-5 Signer
Leonard Lance NJ-7
Co-sponsor James Lankford OK-5
Tom Latham IA-3
Co-sponsor Bob Latta OH-5
Frank LoBiondo NJ-2
Co-sponsor Billy Long MO-7
Co-sponsor Frank Lucas OK-3
Co-sponsor B. Luetkemeyer MO-3
Co-sponsor Cynthia Lummis WY-AL Signer
Co-sponsor Ken Marchant TX-24 Signer
Co-sponsor Tom Marino PA-10 Signer
Co-sponsor Thomas Massie KY-4 Signer
Kevin McCarthy CA-23
Co-sponsor Michael McCaul TX-10
Co-sponsor Tom McClintock CA-4 Signer
Patrick McHenry NC-10
Buck McKeon CA-25
David McKinley WV-1
C. Rodgers WA-5
Co-sponsor Mark Meadows NC-11 Author
Pat Meehan PA-7
Co-sponsor Luke Messer IN-6 Signer
John Mica FL-7
Candice Miller MI-10
Gary Miller CA-31
Co-sponsor Jeff Miller FL-1 WITHDREW
Co-sponsor Markwayne MullinOK-2
Co-sponsor Mick Mulvaney SC-5 Signer
Tim Murphy PA-18
Co-sponsor Randy Neugebauer TX-19 Signer
Co-sponsor Kristi Noem SD-AL
Richard Nugent FL-11
Devin Nunes CA-22
Co-sponsor Alan Nunnelee MS-1
Co-sponsor Peter Olson TX-22
Co-sponsor Steven Palazzo MS-4 Signer
Erik Paulsen MN-3
Co-sponsor Steve Pearce NM-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Scott Perry PA-4 Signer
Tom Petri WI-6
Co-sponsor Robert Pittenger NC-9
Joe Pitts PA-16 Signer
Co-sponsor Ted Poe TX-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Mike Pompeo KS-4 Signer
Co-sponsor Bill Posey FL-8 Signer
Co-sponsor Tom Price GA-6
Co-sponsor Trey Radel Fl-19
Tom Reed NY-23
Dave Reichert WA-8
Co-sponsor Jim Renacci OH-16
Co-sponsor Thomas Rice SC-7
Scott Rigell VA-2
Martha Roby AL-2
Co-sponsor Phil Roe TN-1 Signer
Hal Rogers KY-5
Mike D. Rogers AL-3
Mike J. Rogers MI-8
Dana RohrabacherCA-48
Co-sponsor Todd Rokita IN-4 Signer
Co-sponsor Tom Rooney Fl-17
I. Ros-Lehtinen FL-27
Pete Roskam IL-6
Dennis Ross FL-15
Co-sponsor Keith Rothfus PA-12 Signer
Co-sponsor Ed Royce CA-39
Jon Runyan NJ-3
Paul Ryan WI-1
Co-sponsor Matt Salmon AZ-5 Signer
Mark Sanford SC-1
Co-sponsor Steve Scalise LA-1 Signer
Aaron Schock IL-18 Signer
Co-sponsor David Schweikert AZ-6 Signer
Co-sponsor Austin Scott GA-8
Jim SensenbrennerWI-5 Signer
Co-sponsor Pete Sessions TX-32
John Shimkus IL-15
Co-sponsor Bill Shuster PA-9
Mike Simpson ID-2
Co-sponsor Adrian Smith NE-3
Chris Smith NJ-4
Co-sponsor Jason Smith MO-8 Signer
Co-sponsor Lamar Smith TX-21
Co-sponsor Steve SoutherlandFL-2
Co-sponsor Chris Stewart UT-2
Co-sponsor Steve Stivers OH-15
Co-sponsor Steve Stockman TX-36 Signer
Co-sponsor Marlin Stutzman IN-3 Signer
Lee Terry NE-2
Glenn Thompson PA-5
Co-sponsor Mac Thornberry TX-13
Co-sponsor Pat Tiberi OH-12
Co-sponsor Scott Tipton CO-3
Michael Turner OH-10
Fred Upton MI-6
David Valadao CA-21
Co-sponsor Ann Wagner M0-2
Co-sponsor Tim Walberg MI-7 Signer
Greg Walden OR-2
Co-sponsor Jackie Walorski IN-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Randy Weber TX-14 Signer
Daniel Webster FL-10
Co-sponsor Brad Wenstrup OH-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Lynn WestmorelandGA-3
Ed Whitfield KY-1
Co-sponsor Roger Williams TX-25
Co-sponsor Joe Wilson SC-2 Signer
Co-sponsor Rob Wittman VA-1
Frank Wolf VA-10
Co-sponsor Steve Womack AR-3
Co-sponsor Rob Woodall GA-7
Co-sponsor Kevin Yoder KS-3
Co-sponsor Ted Yoho FL-3 Signer
C.W. Bill Young FL-13
Don Young AK-AL
Co-sponsor Todd Young IN-9

Americans Express Anger, Frustration Over Government Shutdown