Just to make it official ... 'Bought and Paid For' Bob Beauprez voted for the tax give-away to mega-corporations legislation yesterday. Citizens in the Seventh Congressional District can expect the 'birth tax', that is the federal national debt, to grow even larger because of Beauprez's fiscal irresponsiblity in voting for this welfare bill for the most profitable corporations on the planet.
More tragic, however, is the missed opportunity to really do something to build more energy independence for this nation, stop so many dollars flowing into the Middle East, create new high tech jobs INSIDE our country, become more energy efficient, and protect the environment. The link I have provided below explains why in reality the legislation that just passed the U.S. House with the help of Bob Beauprez is a step backward.
My challenge still remains: how would O'Donnell or Paschall or Perlmutter or Lamm have voted on this bill? Beauprez is doing a good job showing us how to be a 'rubber stamp' for elite, radical Republicans (imagine what a door mat he would be as governor, please!). My question on this bill goes to just how independent and innovative and grassroots would a new Congressperson from this district be?
It is a truism of free enterprise: you get what you pay for. If I'm elected to the Congress as a represenstative from the seventh district, I will be only beholden to the voters -- since I will not take corporate Political Action Committee money or even any individual contribution over $500. None of the other candidates can say that ... but then we'll have what we've got now: another 'Bought and Paid For' fill-in-the-blank, Republican or Democratic Congressperson.
In essence, what we need is a crash program of investment and innovation, rather than a Congressional compromise bill that is essentially a recycled recipe of corporate giveaways to traditional energy producers, peppered in parts with lukewarm, ineffectual attempts to address some of our most pressing issues. This bill represents a lost opportunity for America to lead the world in advanced energy technologies and to help grow a new economy that will create millions of jobs, increase our energy independence and create a cleaner, healthier environment. ... The opportunity that we are passing up here is immense. An economic study commissioned by The Apollo Alliance estimates that a major project to redesign our economic, energy, manufacturing and transportation landscape in the United States would create 3 million jobs and more than a trillion dollars in economic activity. It would return those benefits to regions that need them most: Energy efficiency and smart planning would create jobs in the urban core, while increased manufacturing activity would return jobs to the battered Midwest. The transition to cleaner fuels would bring new life to Detroit and the Great Plains. All this while improving our environment, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and creating cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy.