GOP Congressman: Cliff Deal Example of How ‘We Buy Votes with Debt’
(CNSNews.com) – The deal to avert the fiscal cliff which consists of special tax credits for green energy, Hollywood, distilleries and other industries, is a demonstration of Capitol Hill vote buying, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.
The 154-page bill that passed the Senate and House on New Year’s Day to stop the tax hikes and spending cuts in the fiscal cliff contained 12 specific credits for green energy and 31 additional credits for various businesses, while increasing taxes on those earning more than $400,000.
“The bill turned out to be over 100 pages long. It actually has 96 different provisions in it,” Mulvaney said on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “The ones that we found for example are the continued tax credits for example for wind energy. There are tax credits for Hollywood. There are tax credits for, I think, it’s rum manufacturers.
“It’s almost as if you could see this list of the senators walking up and down the aisle of the senators on New Year’s Eve and say ‘what do you need in this bill to get you to vote yes on it?’” Mulvaney continued. “That’s what it looks like. There are tax giveaways. Are they a lot of money? No. Are they indicative of how Washington has always compromised? Yes. We buy votes. We buy votes with debt.” SOURCE — CNS News
Let me start by saying; I don’t know Rep. Mick Mulvaney, I am not a resident of the State of South Carolina and I have no connection TO this gentleman in any way.
That said; I think Mr. Mulvaney may be one of those rare creatures in Washington, I am thinking that he is a *TRUTH TELLER*, and that, in and of itself, makes him a rarity.
I’m not accusing ANYONE of *vote buying*, not vote buying per se, but an exchange of influence can be a powerful thing.
Once, a few years ago, Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson was asked, “Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?”
Charlie Wilson answered. “Well, it’s tradition mostly.”
That, my friends, is EXACTLY what is wrong with the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Most members of BOTH Houses follow this diagram; you feather your own nest, attempt to do what’s best for, in this order if I understand things correctly, YOU, your family, your district or state, and America.
Damned nice of them to consider us isn’t it?
I went to *political school* today, I spent an hour on the phone with a gentleman that is a great friend and an elected official and I listened closely to what he said about the vote made by the House and what was possibly the reasoning behind the YES votes from certain members.
This friend is of the mind that the entire Congress and Senate need to be voted out, ALL of the incumbents, and replaced with NEW faces that may not be as knowledgeable as the *old hands* where individual bills and government management are concerned, but he also stated that “they can’t do any worse than what we have in there”, and he went on to say that the FIRST thing that MUST be done is the passage of a balanced budget amendment.
On that point we are in 100% agreement, we need a fresh start and we need a balanced budget for this nation. You can’t run your house in a deficit, your home, well, not for very long any way.
I also listened to his ideas regarding what it would actually take to replace an incumbent and the battle that would go into it, the discovery phase where someone tries to find all of the skeletons in your closet, the campaigning, the necessary money and all the other little goodies.
My friend told me, “With all that it takes I am surprised that anyone would actually want the job.”
As we continued our discussion I pointed out that one of his 1st statements was, “We need to vote them ALL out!”
If holding high political office is so difficult, if getting elected TO high political office is so difficult, how then will we ever “vote them all out” and start over with principled and solid Conservatives?