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STEVE ISRAEL, PORTRAIT OF A USELESS CONGRESSMAN

 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.

Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400195&tab=votes

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.

Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400195

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

Source:  http://www.opencongress.org/people/compare?utf8=%E2%9C%93&representatives=true&person1=400195&person2=400314&commit=Compare

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.

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Just Call me Lucifer!

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

Reply-To: Israel4Congress@gmail.com

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.

Sincerely, Hayley

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Congressman Steve Israel is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!!

Oh my, is Steve Israel afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?  Sure sounds like it when you read his campaign website where he whines and cries about some good old fashioned trash talking by Lt Col Steve Labate.  I bet Israel went home and told his mommy about the big bad bully, Lt Col Steve Labate!

Congressman Israel’s campaign attacks Lt Col Steve Labate for a comment Labate made at a recent fundraising event.  Quoting from Israel’s website  “At a Republican gathering late last week, our opponent set the stage for an ugly, nasty campaign by saying things like: “I enjoy a good scrap…Steve Israel will have the fight taken to him like he’s never had before.” That’s not a policy disagreement, that’s personal.”  The Israel campaign goes on to accuse Lt Col Labate of having a vendetta against Steve Israel and that Labate is itching for a personal fight (http://www.israelforcongress.com/node/841). The only thing personal about Labate’s remarks is his expressed desire to stop the destructive policies of Congressman Israel, President Obama and the democratic party so his children are not left with a 3rd world country where fear and despair reign supreme.  Talk about grasping for straws in characterizing Labate’s comments.  Seems to me Steve Israel is getting desperate that he is facing a truly worthy opponent who is motivated by patriotism and love of country as opposed to Israel who is motivated by partisan politics.

Steve Israel is certainly an expert in the politics of personal destruction given his position as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  If you check the DCCC website you will discover a cornucopia of videos and press releases which viciously accuse Lt Col West of riding with a motorcycle gang and insulting Nazi victims.   To smear a military hero like Lt Col West is business as usual for the DCCC machine and Steve Israel.  Is it any wonder that he would seek to tarnish the reputation of another military hero, Steve Labate?  There is an old expression which says people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.   Well Congressman Israel, you live in a glass house and it’s called the DCCC attack machine.

So please Congressman Israel, spare us your phony virtue concerning personal attacks.  As head of the organization who wrote the book on dirty politics, you have no credibility in castigating Lt Col Steve Labate by cherry-picking his remarks and accusing him of starting a fight.  .  We military people are trained to be fighters, and fight we will against you and your destructive policies. You’re barking up the wrong tree if you think a military hero like Lt Col Steve Labate will back off his criticism of you. If you can’t handle a little bravado by an opponent, you have no business serving in Congress.  So next time you feel threatened by Lt Col Labate’s comments, take a pill and go on Oprah to complain instead of ginning up some phony controversy to sucker people into donating money to your campaign you jackwagon.

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Congressman Steve Israel Declares War on Tea Party, GOP and Veterans

Well, well, well, Look what came into my possession today. This is a fundraising email for Congressman Steve Israel.  The Israel campaign trashes the tea party as the enemy of women and the middle class.  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?  Of course you can, we’re dealing with democrats. It’s pretty clear that the democratic playbook for the up-coming election is to trash the tea party and blame us for all our ills.   Congressman Steve Israel  is the head of the DCCC (Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee) and will be using these tactics against every republican in the country. See my previous post for more information (https://longislandpatriot.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/sending-out-an-sos-to-my-fellow-patriots/).This is war folks and we all need to man the battle stations to combat the immense media power of the democratic machine.

The un-named opponent of Congressman Israel is Lt Col Steve Labate. This is truly a David vs. Goliath battle as Steve Israel, in his position at the DCCC, will have access to enormous financial resources. Lt Col Steve Labate is a Field Grade Officer who still wears the uniform of our country and served a combat tour in Iraq. The nerve of Steve Israel to state he “is not ready for prime time”. But then again what does that mean? After 20 years as an Army Officer and 3 years on Active Duty since 9-11, is he implying that he’s not up to being a member of Congress? The arrogance of that comment is amazing and is a slap in the face to all Veterans. I guess to serve in Congress the prerequisites that you must never have served your country nor held a job outside of government like Steve Israel.

 Fear not my fellow patriots if we marshal our resources like we did in 2010, victory will be ours.  We need all hands on deck to support tea party patriots all across the country so we can return the government to we the people. Every donation, no matter how small, multiplied by millions of tea party supporters is the formula we need to get rid of democrats in Congress and their destructive policies which are bankrupting the country.

From: “Hayley Prim ” <Info@IsraelforCongress.com>
Date: February 16, 2012 4:25:53 PM EST
To: E-mail address removed to protect recipient
Subject: And so it begins
Reply-To: Israel4Congress@gmail.com

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.
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: 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.
Sincerely,
Hayley
Paid for by Steve Israel for Congress Committee

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Congressman Steve Israel’s Solyndra Problem

First it was Solyndra, then came Beacon Power Corp.,  now we learn of a third federally  subsidized green energy company declaring bankruptcy last week.  Ener 1 was awarded $118.5 million from the Energy Department through the 2009 Stimulus Bill and has filed for bankruptcy just one year later.  The total taxpayer dollars that have vaporized for these three failed ventures is close to $700 million. In addition,  The New York Times reports that Nevada Geothermal Power, another recipient of millions in DOE loan guarantees, is struggling financially: Its auditor reported last week that he has “significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” Nevada Geothermal received a DOE loan guarantee of $79 million, plus at least $66 million in grants. Now isn’t this a hoot,  we come to find out that a $737 million contract was awarded to Solar Reserve, a company in which Nancy Pelosi’s brother in-law is an investor as well as George Keiser, who was the biggest investor in Solyndra.

Now what does all this have to do with Congressman Israel. Well Israel is the Co-chair and founder of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus in Congress which  was created to advance policies that promote clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, create green collar jobs throughout the product supply-chain, help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment.

Congressman Israel’s official bio states “Israel is considered a leader on U.S. energy security, reducing our national dependence on foreign oil, lowering energy costs, and creating an innovative clean technology economy. His key energy accomplishments successfully leading opposition to the former Bush Administration’s budget cuts for energy efficiency and renewable energy; successfully funding the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy” (ARPA).  ARPA is the agency which funded Solyndra and the aforementioned failed green energy ventures and Israel co-sponsored the bill that created this agency (HR 3220).  Not only did Israel supply the funds for these failed ventures, he sponsored HR 3836 to authorize the Secretary of Energy to provide credit support to enhance the availability of private financing for clean energy technology deployment, i.e. loan guarantees.

Once the democrats took over the House of Representatives, Congress Israel began a spending orgy on so called “green” energy technology.  He plundered billions of hard earned taxpayer money sponsoring or co-sponsoring legislation for  such projects as solar villages in the third world (HR 2878)  green energy research cooperation with china (HR 2312), establishment of the Emerging Clean Energy Technology Venture Capital Fund at DOE (HR 2809), cash for clunkers (HR 520),  to name a few of the more egregious bills.

Congressman Israel, it seems you never met a green program that you didn’t like.  How many more Solyndra’s do we need before you realize that you are abusing the taxpaper with your reckless spending on unproven technologies that the private sector is not willing to spend money on.  The country is broke and you are in large measure to blame with your plundering of the public treasury to appease the radical environmental lobby. If “green” energy is so great, why don’t you quit your job and start a “green” company.  Then, when the company goes belly up like all the others, you can stand in front a bankruptcy judge where you will be forced to admit that pouring money into “green” technology  was not a good business decision.  Yes, Mr Israel, there is NO Santa Claus and we the people are sick of the billions wasted on your “green” utopian vision.

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