Sunday, October 22, 2006

Vote Anyway!!

I'm just as angry with a good chunk of the Republican controlled Congress as anyone else. However, the alternative is NOT acceptable. When you look at some of the bills that Democrats have tried to push forward, you wonder why no one brings them up during this campaign season. Here are just a few:
Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed Act (JUSTICE) Act (Lee, D-CA)-H.R. 6083. Requires community organizations to be allowed to distribute sexual barrier protection devices (e.g. condoms) in federal prisons. Also prohibits a federal prison from taking adverse action against a prisoner who possesses or uses a sexual barrier protection device.
Ummmm... I don't think so!
Gas Stamp Act (McDermott, D-WA)-H.R. 3712. Creates billions of dollars in gas stamps each year for people to get free gas, to be distributed to those already eligible for food stamps.
Why? The idea is to pull yourself up, not continue getting handouts. We already pay enough in gas tax, without having to fund someone else's joy riding. Didn't we fight a war because of taxes like this (Stamp Act, Tea Act, etc)? Having been one of those who had to ask for said hand out, I learned to live on a budget in order to make ends meet, while working to get myself OUT of the need for food stamps.
Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 663. Allows those convicts who are just out of prison to vote.
A parolee does NOT have the right to vote, if I remember correctly.
Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)-H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security.
Raising taxes is a priority with Dems.
Universal National Service Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 4752. Makes it an obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the U.S., between the ages of 18 and 42, to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense.
Yep! It was Rangel who wanted the draft, NOT President Bush. There are many more such bills the Democrats have tried to push.