Saturday, October 04, 2008

Inslee Wins Immunity!

On Friday, October 3, 2008, America was sold out to foreign bankers by the United States House of Representatives in a 263-171 vote.

There were few bright spots in this disaster, but among the brightest for people in North Kitsap, Bainbridge, Shoreline, Kirkland and Edmonds was that our Congressional Representative, Jay Inslee, kept the faith with his district and voted "NO" on both occasions. As I had pointed out in an earlier posting, Inslee displayed incredible courage as he went against the tide of the House, his party, and the Banking Lobby. For this, we should be very proud.

Also included in the Clearcut Bainbridge "Roll of Honor" are Congressmen Dave Reichert (Bellevue), Doc Hastings (Yakima/Tri Cities), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Spokane). Senator Maria Cantwell also voted against this act of treason in the Senate vote on Wednesday. Seattle Representative, Jim McDermott, voted against the bill on Friday largely on the tax provisions, but voted for it on Monday.

It is not the purpose of Clearcut Bainbridge to engage in partisan politics, but when someone displays unusual courage to do the honorable thing and not sell out his fellow citizens to foreign bankers (or even domestic bankers), I believe recognition is in order.

I make no apologies for being a conservative that has voted Republican my entire adult life*. This vote does not change that.

As for the other four unmentionables that voted to put our tail between our legs and lick the boots of foreign bankers, I would encourage everyone in those districts (2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th) to vote for the challengers (Rick Bart - 2nd (Bellingham/Skagit), Michael Delavar - 3rd (Kelso/Vancouver), and Doug Cloud - 6th (Gig Harbor/Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula). The challenger for the 9th District (Federal Way/Tacoma/Puyallup), James Postma could not be reached for comment on the Bailout Bill. His website is not clear on the matter. He is likely a better alternative to the incumbent.

In the 6th District, Doug Cloud, is challenging "Congressman For Life" Norm Dicks. I have had two separate conversations with Cloud on the issue, and he is passionately against the Bailout and advocates the banking reforms that will create a healthy, stable, and functional banking system for American commerce. I highly encourage all in the 6th District (Western Tacoma/Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula) to help get the vote out for Cloud and send Dicks to a well deserved retirement.

* I did not vote for Bush in 2004. I wrote in a candidate that actually envisions greatness for America.


The Tim said...

Don't know if you noticed, but I had to withdraw my kudos for McDermott.

From the Seattle Times (emphasis mine):

Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott said his opposition to the economic bailout proposal Friday was a “protest vote” made with the knowledge the bill would pass the House without his support.
“I told the speaker [Nancy Pelosi], certainly, if she needed my vote she could have it, but ... I didn’t want to vote for it, and I really lodged a protest vote.”


Great photos.