Democrat Gerry Connolly was the only Virginia Congressman to vote in favor of the bill masquerading as legislation to save us from the “fiscal cliff” that actually only makes the cliff higher. Or more precisely, the fiscal abyss into which we are falling even deeper.
Even Bobby Scott (rightfully) voted no to this massive spending bill that failed to cut spending – which is the real problem.
I am also proud to see that my Congressman, Eric Cantor – the Majority Leader – voted against this pig in spite of his impotent boss’s enthusiastic insistence on selling America and Conservatives out.
I have been harshly critical of Cantor (which I believe is well deserved) but this time Virginia’s 7th District Congressman came through on the right side of this mess.
Former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert had a rule, sometimes called the “Hastert Rule” or the “Majority of the Majority” rule.
What this entails is that the speaker will not allow any bill to come to the floor unless a simple majority of his party are in favor of the legislation.
Even the odious Nancy Pelosi followed this rule most of the time.
But not John Boehner.
Last night, under cover of darkness, Boehner and the Democrats approved a bill that not only adds $4 trillion to the debt but provides:
- $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
- $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
- $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
- $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
- $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
- $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.
And the list of pork goes on and on and on.
It seems that the new, improved and much higher fiscal cliff is nothing more than a mountain of pork.
Yes, America. We are surely screwed.
But the good news is that Gerry Connolly was the only Virginian to stab us in the back and take even more money from our kids.
In this case I will have to credit Congressman Cantor. Virginia’s Congressional Delegation often follows the leadership and Cantor’s Nay vote here should not go unnoticed.
Thank you, congressman Cantor.