Principle, ladies and gentlemen of the GOP, principle. Principle is what is needed from the Republicans in the House to stop the looting. Today the Democrats propose to loot a few fat-cats we’ve been told to depise. Their leader has proposed to loot all of us. Connect the dots! It’s not complicated.
The Democrats are about to confiscate bonuses legally paid to a few employees of AIG which they, the Democrats, voted to approve. The Democrats may now find it necessary to succumb to a fit of populist pique because they really need to shift the blame, but Republicans in the House ALL voted against the bill Pelosi wrote at the instruction of the White House and with the collusion of Chris Dodd – and that none of them read – so we now need more than vague mouthings from Republican House leadership where members are instructed to “vote their conscience;” we need the honorable members to actually have a conscience: One that acknowledges contract law and the Constitution. And think of this: Beyond the basic rule-of-law thingy some of us expect you to follow, letting the Democrats “fix” their SNAFU with this totalitarian gesture is also a political mistake.
A unified GOP House vote would stop this theft because it needs a 2/3 majority to pass. Nancy Pelosi is coming for the AIG bonus recipients. Next she will come for you. Remember, she voted for the AIG bonuses before she voted against them, but she’s never expressed any outrage about FoO Franklin Raines, who got $50 million in bonuses for destroying Fannie Mae while he was busy helping to create the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
The House attempt to tax away 90% of legally contracted payments to specific individual citizens looks like a Bill of attainder to me.
A bill of attainder (also known as an act or writ of attainder) is an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial. Bills of attainder are forbidden by Article I, section 9, clause 3 of the United States Constitution.
Some legal experts think so. I hope someone sues so we can find out. Maybe the ILJ.
It turns out the GOP “Leadership” wasn’t, and 85 House Republicans supported the theft: Getting Our Pound of flesh. Put the 85 on the “Requires Primary Challenge” list. They voted their conscience, after all.
Think kindly of the 6 Democrats who voted “no”: Melissa Bean, Ill.; Larry Kissell, N.C.; Michael E. McMahon, N.Y.; Walt Minnick, Idaho; Harry E. Mitchell, Ariz., and Vic Snyder, Ark. We can’t find nearly enough Republicans dedicated to limited government, and maybe these people are. If so, they deserve re-election.
Find how your Congressman voted here. I found Mike Rogers.