The moment of truth has arrived and it’s time for freedom loving Americans to shit or get off the pot. The precedent set today which will live on through “starry decisis” gives the government unlimited taxing authority which could conceivably be used to force us to buy GM cars, foreclosed HUD properties, join only religious organizations the regime determines are acceptable. This sky is the limit and there is no positive spin on this that is worth the paper it is printed on. The only thing we can do is to put solid conservatives in office who will fiercely defend the US Constitution. I certainly didn’t devote my life to the US military to sit back and watch my country be dismantled piece by piece by the tyrannical actions of Obama and democrats. We are not at the precipice of losing our country, we are there. This is no joke folks and the time for action is now or resign yourself to living in a Marxist dictatorship. So get off the couch, turn off the baseball games and dancing with the stars, and save your country. You need to go above and beyond preaching to the choir of like-minded individuals on facebook. Donate what you can, even if it’s $5 to conservative, constitutionally faithful candidates. Volunteer to walk the districts you live in to promote candidates who will stop the tyranny. Talk is cheap and your inaction constitutes agreement with the road Obama and his fellow travelers are taking us down. Nothing less than the future of your country and the freedoms warriors through our history fought so hard to protect is on the line.
OVERALL LEGISLATIVE RECORD
§ Has not had a sponsored bill enacted since 2004
§ Sponsored 144 bills Only 2 Were Enacted
· 2004 H.R.3917 : To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 695 Marconi Boulevard in Copiague, New York, as the “Maxine S. Postal United States Post Office”
· 2001 -H.R.3379 : To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 375 Carls Path in Deer Park, New York, as the “Raymond M. Downey Post Office Building”
§ Votes with Nancy Pelosi 94% of the time
2011-2012 Legislative Record
§ 29 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 33 of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 141 of 440)
§ 216 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 62 of 440) 6 Made Into Law (Ranks 2 of 440)
§ Ranks in the worst 10% of Congress for Missing Votes
§ HR- 3408 – Keystone Pipeline- Voted Against
§ HR 3200-Obamacare-Voted For
§ HR-5- Repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (Obamacare Death Panels)-Voted Against
§ HR 1837-To supply desperately needed water to farmers in California-Voted Against
§ HR 1633-Eliminates Excessive Federal Regulation of Farm Dust-Voted Against
§ HR 10-Prevents Regulatory Agencies Rules from Being Enacted without Congressional Approval-Voted Against
§ HR 527-Require complete analysis of impact on small entities of regulatory rules-Voted Against
§ HR- 2560-Cut, Cap and Balance Federal Budget– Voted Against
§ HR-1 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus Bill)-Voted For
§ HR-1424-Banker Bailout Bill (TARP) – Voted For
§ HR 2751-Cash for Clunkers-Voted For
§ HR 471-Washington DC School Voucher Program-Voted Against
§ HR 6166-Establishment of Military Commissions to try enemy combatants-Voted Against
§ Over $1 Billion To Failed Department of Energy Green Technology Progams (Solyndra)
§ 2008-2010 Over $60 million in earmarks which benefited many of his political contributors
I have spent a considerable amount of time researching my congressman’s record. If you think your congressperson is useless, I bet you I can one up you with my congressman! I was stunned to find out that Congressman Israel is nothing but an empty suit that talks a good name but for all practical purposes, gets nothing done in Congress. Let’s look at the stats on Congressman Israel.
Since he took office Jan 2001, Steve Israel has sponsored 144 bills of which 142 haven’t made it out of committee and only 2 were successfully enacted (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400195). To use a football metaphor his percent of completed passes is only 1.3%. I don’t think he’d qualify for any MVP awards for that performance. Here are his stats for the 2011-2012 legislative session (http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400195_Steve_Israel):
- 29 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 33 of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 141 of 440)
- 216 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 62 of 440) 6 Made Into Law (Ranks 2 of 440)
Talk about an abysmal record! I said to myself “are you kidding me, you have the 2nd WORST co-sponsorship record for bills made into law and you only ranked 33rd in sponsoring bills, none of which have been enacted”. What the hell is this guy doing all day down in Washington and what kind of bills does he sign on to that no one wants to enact? Anyone wanting to answer this question can go to his website and click on the link providing this information. One thing is clear to me; I see nothing that would improve the economic conditions of constituents or businesses in the 2nd congressional district.
To get back to the answering the question of what the hell does he do all day, I found this chart which depicts Congressman Israel’s missed votes. Steve Israel missed 217 (3%) of 7,982 roll call votes since Jan 3, 2001. The graph below shows the percent of roll call votes Steve Israel was absent for during the Member’s time in Congress.
Congressman Israel’s absentee rate is in red. The two thin black lines provide a context for understanding the significance of the absentee rate. The lower dotted line shows the median value for all Members of Congress in that time period. The upper dotted line shows the 90th percentile. A Member who approaches the upper dotted line is in the worst 10 percent of Congress.
It is clear from the graph that Congressman Israel exceeds the median for all members of Congress and during many periods he approaches the upper dotted line giving him the dubious distinction of ranking in the worst 10% of Congress. In a sign of things to come, look at the slope of line staring in 2011. It appears that we have “lift off” with all systems go for a possibly record breaking performance! I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that he is head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and doesn’t have time to do the congressional duties for which he was elected. Speaking of his chairmanship at the DCCC, how does a Congressman with such pathetic record get such a prestigious post? Was this payola for not running against Andrew Cuomo for Governor of NY? Inquiring minds want to know.
For those of you who don’t know, when Congressman Israel is home in the district he likes to portray himself as a moderate. Well my research found that nothing could be further from the truth as illustrated in the following chart:
The graph to the left shows Israel as a large dot among his peers, with the left-right axis indicating ideology and the up-down axis representing legislative leadership.
These labels come from the Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership statistical analysis that we have carried out. The statistical analysis is blind to party affiliation and the content of bills. From there, we have divided the Members of Congress into far-left/right, rank-and-file, and centrist; and leader, rank-and-file, or lonely (i.e. follower) by 20th and 80th percentiles.
It’s pretty clear that he is way to the left of most member of Congress. To further illustrate this just take a look at a head to head comparison of Steve Israel and Nancy Pelosi:
Steve Israel and Nancy Pelosi have voted together 1454 times on roll call votes since January, 2007 in votes where neither abstained, representing a voting similarity of 94%. The list below highlights how their voting records compare on passage of bills
So what are we, the constituents of Steve Israel, to make of this little trip down memory lane? Well one thing is clear to me; he doesn’t get much done in Congress. If he were in private industry he would have been canned a long time ago. To be honest, I was pretty stunned to see just how ineffective Steve Israel is as a Congressman. The way he talks you’d think he was a real mover and shaker in Congress, but what I found is that he’s a DUD! It’s time the people of the 2nd Congressional send Congressman Israel a big fat pink slip.
It’s pretty clear that the democratic playbook for the up-coming election is to trash the tea party and blame all of us who rallied because of Rick Santelli’s famous rant on CNBC. Congressman Steve Israel is the head of the DCCC (Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee) and is using these tactics against every republican in the country and Steve Labate in particular. Below is a fundraising email from Congressman Steve Israel. The Israel campaign trashes the tea party as the enemy of women and the middle class. That’s funny since most everyone I have ever met at a tax day event was middle class and the largest majority of people there were women, many with their children. Particularly egregious is the charge that the tea party is responsible for the credit downgrade of the United States. Can you believe the nerve of these people? I’m sure the downgrade had nothing to do with the 4 straight years of $1 Trillion budget deficits and increase in the federal deficit by 50% to $15.5 Trillion. Show me one” tea party” member of Congress who voted for such fiscal irresponsibility. Show me Steve Israel and I will show you a Congressman who has been on a spending orgy since going to Washington. Yes folks, the tea party is the new bogie man and Congressman Israel attempts to use it as a smear against Steve Labate. Funny, I haven’t seen any official endorsement of Steve Labate by any group claiming to be the evil tea party. What’s the matter Congressman Israel, can’t dig up any dirt on Steve Labate? By the way, what is wrong with the “tea party” anyway? Is it wrong to be patriotic and believe in the greatness of America? Is it wrong to expect the government to live within their means? Is it wrong to support our troops? Is it wrong to want to utilize our country’s energy resources? Is it wrong to want freedom to choose what healthcare plan we want? If these are the evils of the “tea party”, then call me Lucifer because it’s this kind of evil I would be happy to show up with at the pearly gates.
From: “Hayley Prim ”
Date: February 16, 2012 4:25:53 PM EST
To: E-mail address removed to protect recipient
Subject: And so it begins
It’s official. Our campaign now has a Tea Party-backed candidate running against us for New York’s 2nd District. While this news doesn’t come as a shock, it does put more pressure on us to be prepared. Our opponent has been prepping for this race for over two years, when he first tried to get on the ballot in 2010. He’s been raising money and building his campaign since then, and now, with the Tea Party and Republican endorsement, he thinks he’s ready for prime time. Help us stop him in his tracks! Chip in just $5 today to put the brakes on the Tea Party! The Tea Party has been trying to run the country for just over a year now, and look where it’s gotten us. The candidates ran for Congress on the platform of “jobs, jobs, jobs,” but instead, they’ve been attacking women’s health care and tax cuts for the Middle Class. They’ve brought us to the brink of a government shut down three times now, and even caused our country’s credit rating to be downgraded. That hasn’t done much for our nation’s economic recovery. As for jobs bills? None. They’ve attacked the most vulnerable among us by doing nothing at all. The Tea Party run Congress has been the least effective Congress since 1812, and we don’t need to add to it by sending another member to Washington! Help Congressman Israel fight back against the Tea Party! Chip in $5 now: http://www.israelforcongress.com/contribute The Tea Party has sacrificed the average American time and time again for a misguided ideology that has produced no positive results. It’s time to put things right. Thanks for standing with Congressman Israel this election cycle.