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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Support John Courage in TX21

I don't mean the English ale, although that's good too. I mean the man running against the sour-pussed momma's boy, Lamar Smith. That's John with the mighty Ciro over on the left.

Smith is so good at staying under the radar, I had to go read his voting record to remind myself what a tool he is. Besides supporting everything George Bush ever asked for including privatizing Social Security, the War in Iraq, the Patriot Act, the Gay Marriage Amendment, he went out of his way to vote for awful stuff.

He voted to drill for oil 50-100 miles offshore.

He voted to hurt industrial workers under HR 742. The AFL/CIO said:

H.R. 742, the "Occupational Safety and Health Small Employer Access to Justice Act," would require taxpayers to pay the legal costs of employers with 100 or fewer employees and worth up to $7 million who win administrative or enforcement cases brought by OSHA or any challenge to an OSHA standard, regardless of whether OSHA's actions were "substantially justified." The VA W is deeply concerned that this legislation would have a tremendous chilling effect on the ability of OSHA to enforce workplace health and safety protections. In addition, this bill would reverse the time-honored rule of American jurisprudence that requires litigants to bear their own costs and fees. There is no need for such legislation because the Equal Access to Justice Act already protects parties from administrative overreaching by compensating them in cases where the government is not "substantially justified" in bringing a law enforcement action, or under other "special circumstances."

He voted to screw college students. The Daily Texan said

But no matter which way you slice it, The College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005, or HR 609, has snuck onto the floor of the House of Representatives and, as written, threatens to cut $9 billion in student financial aid.

Besides tailoring college for the super-rich - since middle- and lower-income families rely heavily on financial aid - the bill would increase the average cost of students' fees by about $6,000 per year.

HR 609 is an oxymoron, and a more adequate label would be "The Closed Doors and Lost Opportunity Act."

The proponents of HR 609 must think something as important as receiving a college education should be determined by how much money a person's family makes.

According to a report released by the College Board on Tuesday, as tuition continues to outpace increased funding for financial aid, students' chances of attending college, or even finishing their degree, depend increasingly on how deep students' parents' pocketbooks are.

He even voted to promote children dying, by ending federal funding in support of trigger locks.

There is tons more low-down, rotten stuff he did listed at

John Courage on the other hand is a sensible, moderate family man, who has spent his life fighting for kids to get a good education and in making college accessable to everyone. He will be probably the most like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington of all the many reformers who will likely be elected to save this country from oblivion. He is not corrupted by special interests or cynical from "business as usual" institutional rot.

He has a real good shot, but he needs money. Go learn about him and give a little at


At 10:13 PM , Blogger Silence Dogwood said...

Mercy sakes, I ought to;
for all I know, I may be
in his district.


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