Tuesday, May 13, 2014

With 228 Audit the Fed co-sponsors, why no vote? And the Dems really do LOVE the Banksters and Wall Street!!

Wonder why Audit the Fed (HR 24) can't get a House vote despite having 228 co-sponsors plus the sponsor, Rep. Paul Broun?  229 votes is more than the 218 majority required to pass on a full House floor vote.

Let's start with the House Financial Services Committee (FSC). The FSC has 60 members, 32 Republicans and 28 Dems.  The FSC was stacked by Boehner with enough anti-Audit the Fed representatives to prevent a committee vote on Audit the Fed, or at least squash it in a committee vote.

On the FSC, only 23 committee members are co-sponsors and all of them are Republicans.  Not a single one of the 28 Dems on the FSC is a co-sponsor.  There are not enough Audit the Fed supporters on the FSC to pass it out of committee.

The 9 Republicans who are not co-sponsors include Jeb Hensarling (Committee Chairman), Spencer Baucus (AL), Peter King (NY), Edward Royce (CA), Patrick McHenry (NC), John Campbell (CA), Kevin McCarthy (CA), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO) and Rand Hultgren (IL).

Unless voters in to above congressional districts put enough pressure on their Congress Critters to force them to co-sponsor Audit the Fed, it will never get out of committee.

To further mock Audit the Fed, Boehner kicked Audit the Fed co-sponsors David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) off the FSC!

The next time you hear a Dem bitch about the Banksters and Wall Street,  remind them that 28 Dems on the House Financial Services Committee had the opportunity to hold the Banksters and Wall Street accountable but refused to do so.

Audit the Fed needs 8 more co-sponsor supporters to pass out of Committee.  Boehner has structured the committee so that it's impossible.  The last thing Boehner wants to do is be under pressure to submit a bill to a full floor vote after it sails out of committee.  So he clipped the sails at the committee level.

Audit the Fed was also referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, another joke of a committee in a government that has no interest in oversight or reform.

Audit the Fed co-sponsors:

Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] - 2/14/2013 Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] - 1/23/2013 Rep Amash, Justin [MI-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Amodei, Mark E. [NV-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] - 1/14/2013 Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] - 2/6/2013 Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] - 9/27/2013 Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Benishek, Dan [MI-1] - 4/10/2013 Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11] - 2/6/2013 Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] - 2/6/2013 Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 2/11/2014 Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 1/23/2013 Rep Bonner, Jo [AL-1] - 1/14/2013 Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-3] - 2/14/2013 Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 9/9/2013 Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] - 3/14/2014 Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] - 5/7/2014 Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] - 1/14/2013 Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] - 1/15/2013 Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] - 1/14/2013 Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-42] - 2/6/2013 Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] - 1/14/2013 Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] - 1/22/2013 Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] - 1/14/2013 Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] - 2/14/2013 Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] - 5/6/2014 Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] - 2/11/2014 Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] - 2/27/2014 Rep Collins, Chris [NY-27] - 9/12/2013 Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] - 1/22/2013 Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 3/14/2014 Rep Cook, Paul [CA-8] - 3/14/2014 Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] - 5/9/2013 Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] - 9/9/2013 Rep Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [AR-1] - 2/14/2013 Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] - 5/7/2014 Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] - 1/14/2013 Rep Daines, Steve [MT] - 6/11/2013 Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] - 3/21/2013 Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 1/4/2013 Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-10] - 2/11/2014 Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] - 2/6/2013 Rep DesJarlais, Scott [TN-4] - 1/15/2013 Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] - 9/9/2013 Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] - 4/10/2013 Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 1/25/2013 Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] - 10/16/2013 Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] - 1/14/2013 Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] - 1/14/2013 Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] - 1/27/2014 Rep Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [TN-3] - 2/14/2013 Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] - 2/27/2014 Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] - 1/23/2013 Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] - 1/25/2013 Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] - 1/14/2013 Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] - 1/14/2013 Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] - 7/31/2013 Rep Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [NJ-11] - 2/6/2013 Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] - 1/23/2013 Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 5/7/2014 Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 1/22/2013 Rep Gibbs, Bob [OH-7] - 5/6/2014 Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] - 1/25/2013 Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] - 2/27/2014 Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] - 9/9/2013 Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] - 1/14/2013 Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4] - 1/14/2013 Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 5/7/2014 Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] - 1/14/2013 Rep Graves, Tom [GA-14] - 10/30/2013 Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] - 12/3/2013 Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] - 10/23/2013 Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] - 1/22/2013 Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] - 2/28/2013 Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] - 9/9/2013 Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 2/10/2014 Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] - 1/14/2013 Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] - 10/23/2013 Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] - 1/22/2013 Rep Hartzler, Vicky [MO-4] - 1/14/2013 Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] - 1/22/2013 Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Herrera Beutler, Jaime [WA-3] - 4/9/2014 Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] - 1/27/2014 Rep Huelskamp, Tim [KS-1] - 1/22/2013 Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-50] - 1/22/2013 Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] - 1/23/2013 Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] - 2/28/2013 Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] - 1/25/2013 Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] - 2/27/2014 Rep Jolly, David [FL-13] - 4/10/2014 Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 1/4/2013 Rep Jordan, Jim [OH-4] - 2/28/2013 Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] - 1/22/2013 Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] - 6/12/2013 Rep King, Steve [IA-4] - 1/14/2013 Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] - 9/9/2013 Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 2/6/2013 Rep Labrador, Raul R. [ID-1] - 2/27/2014 Rep LaMalfa, Doug [CA-1] - 1/23/2013 Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] - 1/14/2013 Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 1/14/2013 Rep Lankford, James [OK-5] - 3/21/2013 Rep Latham, Tom [IA-3] - 1/23/2013 Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] - 1/14/2013 Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] - 3/21/2013 Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 11/15/2013 Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 1/4/2013 Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] - 5/8/2014 Rep Long, Billy [MO-7] - 1/15/2013 Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] - 11/14/2013 Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 2/6/2013 Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-24] - 9/20/2013 Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 7/11/2013 Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] - 1/14/2013 Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 3/13/2013 Rep McAllister, Vance M. [LA-5] - 1/27/2014 Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] - 1/25/2013 Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] - 5/9/2013 Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] - 1/4/2013 Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] - 1/22/2013 Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] - 9/9/2013 Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7] - 2/28/2013 Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7] - 2/14/2013 Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 1/4/2013 Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 1/14/2013 Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-31] - 4/9/2014 Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 2/14/2013 Rep Mullin, Markwayne [OK-2] - 4/10/2014 Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] - 2/27/2014 Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] - 6/12/2013 Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] - 3/14/2014 Rep Noem, Kristi L. [SD] - 1/23/2013 Rep Nugent, Richard B. [FL-11] - 1/23/2013 Rep Nunnelee, Alan [MS-1] - 1/14/2013 Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 1/23/2013 Rep Owens, William L. [NY-21] - 5/9/2013 Rep Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] - 10/30/2013 Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] - 2/6/2013 Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Perry, Scott [PA-4] - 5/6/2014 Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 1/14/2013 Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] - 5/7/2014 Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] - 1/22/2013 Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] - 11/20/2013 Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 5/7/2014 Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 1/23/2013 Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 11/14/2013 Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] - 1/23/2013 Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] - 2/6/2013 Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 2/27/2014 Rep Radel, Trey [FL-19] - 1/14/2013 Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] - 3/14/2014 Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] - 4/1/2014 Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] - 2/27/2014 Rep Rice, Tom [SC-7] - 3/14/2014 Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] - 9/20/2013 Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] - 1/14/2013 Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] - 9/9/2013 Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] - 1/23/2013 Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-17] - 4/10/2014 Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-27] - 10/23/2013 Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] - 1/22/2013 Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] - 12/9/2013 Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] - 3/14/2014 Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] - 4/1/2014 Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] - 4/10/2013 Rep Sanford, Mark [SC-1] - 6/5/2013 Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] - 1/15/2013 Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] - 1/14/2013 Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] - 5/9/2013 Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] - 1/23/2013 Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] - 1/15/2013 Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] - 1/14/2013 Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] - 5/7/2014 Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] - 1/7/2014 Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 1/15/2013 Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] - 1/22/2013 Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] - 5/7/2014 Rep Smith, Jason T. [MO-8] - 7/17/2013 Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] - 1/8/2014 Rep Stewart, Chris [UT-2] - 4/10/2013 Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] - 1/15/2013 Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] - 1/14/2013 Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] - 2/14/2013 Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] - 1/14/2013 Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] - 2/27/2014 Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 1/22/2013 Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 2/27/2014 Rep Tipton, Scott R. [CO-3] - 2/28/2013 Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] - 2/6/2013 Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] - 6/14/2013 Rep Valadao, David G. [CA-21] - 11/14/2013 Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] - 2/27/2014 Rep Wagner, Ann [MO-2] - 5/6/2014 Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7] - 1/14/2013 Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] - 5/7/2014 Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14] - 1/23/2013 Rep Webster, Daniel [FL-10] - 1/15/2013 Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 2/6/2013 Rep Wenstrup, Brad R. [OH-2] - 2/28/2013 Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 1/22/2013 Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] - 5/7/2014 Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 1/14/2013 Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] - 1/15/2013 Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] - 1/22/2013 Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] - 1/15/2013 Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7] - 1/22/2013 Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] - 1/23/2013 Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] - 1/14/2013 Rep Young, C. W. Bill [FL-13] - 2/28/2013 Rep Young, Don [AK] - 4/10/2013 Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] - 2/14/2013

As of 5/13/14

Link: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR00024:@@@P

House Financial Services Committee:

Hensarling, Texas, Chairman Gary G. Miller, California, Vice Chairman Spencer Bachus, Alabama, Chairman Emeritus Peter T. King, New York Edward R. Royce, California Frank D. Lucas, Oklahoma Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Scott Garrett, New Jersey Randy Neugebauer, Texas Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina John Campbell, California Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Kevin McCarthy, California Stevan Pearce, New Mexico Bill Posey, Florida Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri Bill Huizenga, Michigan Sean P. Duffy, Wisconsin Robert Hurt, Virginia Steve Stivers, Ohio Stephen Lee Fincher, Tennessee Marlin A. Stutzman, Indiana Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Randy Hultgren, Illinois Dennis A. Ross, Florida Robert Pittenger, North Carolina Ann Wagner, Missouri Garland “Andy” Barr, Kentucky Tom Cotton, Arkansas Keith J. Rothfus, Pennsylvania Vacancy Maxine Waters, California, Ranking Member Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Nydia M. Velázquez, New York Brad Sherman, California Gregory W. Meeks, New York Michael E. Capuano, Massachusetts Rubén Hinojosa, Texas Wm. Lacy Clay, Missouri Carolyn McCarthy, New York Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts David Scott, Georgia Al Green, Texas Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Gwen Moore, Wisconsin Keith Ellison, Minnesota Ed Perlmutter, Colorado James A. Himes, Connecticut Gary C. Peters, Michigan John C. Carney, Jr., Delaware Terri A. Sewell, Alabama Bill Foster, Illinois Daniel T. Kildee, Michigan Patrick Murphy, Florida John K. Delaney, Maryland Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Joyce Beatty, Ohio Denny Heck, Washington Steven Horsford, Nevada

Link: http://financialservices.house.gov/about/members.htm Jeb

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sarah Palin Endorses K Street Establishment Lobbyist & Former Bush Adm. Official Over Anti-War Incumbent Walter Jones

The North Carolina 3rd Congressional District is no ordinary congressional district because it includes a major military base.
Camp Lejeune, located in Onslow County, is home to 40,000 Marines and Sailors. In total, the installation surrounding community is home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of approximately 180,000 people. Cherry Point, in Havelock, North Carolina, is home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and houses 7,500 Marines. Source here.
Yes, we are talking serious Republican neocon territory.  So what's all the fuss?  Cong. Walter Jones, a 10 term Congressmen, initially supported the War on Terror but after the agony of personally visiting with the families who lost loved ones in America's latest series of wars, Jones flipped his pro-war position and became vociferously anti-war.  In fact, Jones so opposes the damn wars that he has earned the endorsement of Ron Paul.  More striking is that Jones has had no problem getting re-elected in a district dominated by military personnel.

To say the least, Jones figuratively and literally drove a dagger deep into the neocon heart - attacking it on its own turf by campaigning against the wars on a military base no less, the cathedral that houses the high priests and priestesses of warmongering murderers.

Enter:  Sarah Palin the Neocon Caribou Barbi who also happens to be a total fraud.  Not only has Palin endorsed a lobbyist ex-Bush Administration official in the primary to unseat Walter Jones but she once again strives to strengthens her neocon credentials which never waned. Despite a rocky not-so-pleasant split with establishment Republicans over Palin's Tea Party activities, Palin has firmly solidified her neocon credentials (no surprise here.).

Of course, the progressive Obama worshiping warmongering media is kinda freaking out over Jones.
Walter Jones: The Antiwar Republican From North Carolina A pro–Iraq War conservative Republican now fiercely opposes the war in Afghanistan. The Nation
Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican.  The Huffington Post
Sarah Palin Endorses Challenger to Anti-War Republican Congressman.  Slate
On the wingnut right that also despises Walter Jones, the neocon Washington Examiner has taken note of Palin's endorsement of a lobbyist and calls Jones 'erratic'.

In North Carolina, an incumbent faces Sarah Palin's man from K Street Washington Examiner
Republicans in Eastern North Carolina face an interesting choice May 6. Should they keep their erratic ten-term Congressman Walter Jones? Or should they dump him for K Street lobbyist Taylor Griffin, who is backed by Sarah Palin?

Griffin is the underdog in Tuesday’s primary, but he has some wind in his sails thanks to Jones’ ever-shifting, hard-to-explain positions — and also thanks to serious support from K Street.

... it’s jaw-dropping that nearly 20 percent of Griffin’s individual donations come from K Street, by my count.

Looking through Griffin's campaign finance filings, I flagged donors who identify as lobbyists, who are registered lobbyists or who work in Washington as communications or policy consultants for corporations.

Griffin himself comes from K Street. As his website tells it, after serving in George W. Bush's administration....

The simplest explanation for Griffin's huge K Street haul is his pedigree in the Bush White House and Treasury Department. These offices naturally fed into K Street. The lobbyists and consultants on Griffin's donor lists are his former colleagues and buddies.

K Street and the GOP establishment often array themselves against candidates who are too libertarian for their liking. Rep. Justin Amash, for instance, has attracted a K Street challenger. In recent open seat races, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul encountered opposition backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Business.
Granted, Palin is somewhat vanishing from media headlines and fame after vastly enriching herself with her 5 seconds of fame that included several books and a juicy Fox News contract following her meteoric rise from the unknown Thrilla from Wasilla to McCain's running mate.  Still, Palin solidly remains the much worshiped goddess of the neocon-thecon wing of the GOP.  Having transitioned from useful idiot (McCain's running mate) to expendable (dubbed an embarrassment after she failed to win the election for the hapless and hopelessly insane McCain) and back again to useful idiot as a pimp for warmongers and K Street, Palin never misses an opportunity to make herself relevant.

Well, I guess all that Tea Party nonsense about Going Rogue was just that - nonsense.  At the end of the day, Palin is just another shabby and morally defunct opportunist who does indeed genuflect at the feet of statists, neocons and anti-liberty power.

The thrill of it all!  And yes, I'm hoping and praying that Walter Jones wins the May 6 primary because peace, liberty and prosperity cannot afford to lose Walter Jones.  As for Palin, the neocons and K Street, may they all rot in hell where they belong.

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