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Monday, November 14, 2011

Chupacabra Report

News that Gets My Goat:

The “How They Voted” feature in Sunday’s Chronicle showed the occasionally wobbly Kay Bailey in lockstep this week with right-wing trog John Cornyn, voting positions that ought to, but probably won’t, expose them to the ire of Texas voters.

The first was a vote to repeal last year’s Net Neutrality rules from the FCC. Luckily, this move to let money talk louder on the web failed on a 46 – 52 vote. Shame on our Senators for favoring an ‘information tollroad’ where some netizens are more equal than others.

Next, the Senate unanimously voted to repeal a law requiring 3 percent of the sum of certain government contracts to be withheld and deposited with the IRS as a credit against any back taxes the contractor owes the Treasury. This would result in a loss of a billion dollars a year to the treasury, which would be made up by eliminating Medicare eligibility for 500,000 social security recipients. Congress passed this rule almost ten years ago after finding that thousands of Federal contractors owed billions in back taxes. Now they vote to let these scofflaws skate and pay for it by putting another obstacle between Americans and affordable healthcare. Go figure.

Cornyn and Hutchison of course both voted for the GOP “jobs” bill, that would, “ institute a balanced-budget constitutional amendment; reduce the top corporate and individual tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent; repeal the 2010 health law and the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill; bar the federal government from regulating greenhouse gases associated with global warming; nullify or scale back other environmental regulations; close an array of tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and others and give presidents a line-item veto.”

And last, both voted for a losing effort to repeal the EPA’s new Cross-State Air Pollution rule to require coal burning power plants in 27 states to reduce smog and soot emissions. I guess that’s just voting in the state’s interest when that state ranks 1st among states for total toxic pollutants released to air, land and water.


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