Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dear Kansans, "Who elected this Pompeo idiot?" Koch Bros. or you?

I cannot believe what spews out of (Republican) Mike Pompeo's website. It should make most Kansans--and Americans--ill. What about you? Let me give an example on the nonsense and blindness of one of Kansas' representatives. "Common Sense" KS

This past week found me in Washington, where the focus remained on the energy challenges facing our country and the solutions House Republicans feel can begin to alleviate the pain Americans are feeling at the pump.

Just this week, my vote helped pass three bills that will increase American energy supplies for use by American families and businesses.

I believe a large part of our energy challenges stem from the desire of this President and the EPA to bring an end to the use of proven and effective fossil fuels, like oil. It’s my view that we should employ an “all of the above” approach, which recognizes our use of traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas, and emphasizes the domestic production of them. The more self-reliant we become in our production, the safer we will be as a nation. When we depend less on foreign nations for the energy to keep our country running, all Americans benefit.

Thankfully, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) launched the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) this month, an effort that will be co-chaired by Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam. I am proud to announce that Majority Whip McCarthy has named me as a H.E.A.T member, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote Republican energy policies that will address rising energy prices, create thousands of good jobs, and enhance our national security by promoting energy independence for America. H.E.A.T. will clearly demonstrate that House Republicans are on the side of the small businesses and families who are increasingly harmed by record high energy prices.

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Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04)



Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

Debt Limit Blackmail

The United States officially hit its statutory debt limit yesterday, preventing the government from borrowing any more money, as Republicans continue to demagogue the issue but refuse to act. Since a large portion of federal spending is borrowed money, the Treasury Department has been forced to take extraordinary measures to allow the government to continue meeting its obligations, including tapping into government employee pension funds to free up cash. These measures and others should keep cash flow adequate until approximatly August 2, but if lawmakers have still failed to raise the debt limit by then, the effect could be "catastrophic," as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said yesterday in a letter to congressional leaders. In its 235-year history, the U.S. government has never defaulted, so the exact consequences are impossible to predict, but all experts agree that defaulting on our financial obligations would be disastrous for the global economy, shattering investors' confidence in the American government and economy while increasing the cost of borrowing and possibly shutting down the government. Geithner has said defaulting on our obligations would almost certainly cause a double-dip recession, where a second dip could be worse than the Great Recession of 2008. Moreover, as Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman noted, failing to raise the debt limit would "act as a terrible signal about the US political system," telling the world "we're a banana republic, with crazy extremists having so much blocking power that we can't get our house in order." Indeed, fueled by far-right tea party anti-debt dogma, Republican leaders have taken the debt ceiling -- and thus the entire global economy -- hostage, refusing to raise the ceiling unless they are allowed to enact their partisan agenda of radical spending cuts. Many conservative lawmakers have said they will not vote to raise the limit under any circumstance, while others have demanded extraordinary concessions.

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