Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Rep. Kline and The Party of NO

While President Obama's characterizes of Republicans as "the party of no", we in Minnesota have learned that the 'party of no mascot' is Rep. John Kline. His voting record alone shows Kline's inability to work across party lines. So it comes as not surprise when suddenly the Rushpublican'ts decide to 'rebrand' their tarnished and whacked image.

Take note when they say "The Republican congressional leadership is also slated to travel the country and attend town-hall meetings as part of the new effort".

Does that mean we'll see John Kline in another town meeting. That would bring his attendance up to....let's see...ah yeah....two!

If this was a serious attempt then Rep. John Kline would meet with the voters in open public forums instead of controlled screened telephone meetings (which as far as I can tell has happen only once!)

Additionally, John Kline would have a voting record the shows his genuine support of long-term solutions to current problems instead of long-term complaining, partisan obstructionism and finger pointing. As an example look at his vote record from just last week where Kline voted NO on each of the following bill that passed:

Congressional Budget for Fiscal Year 2010 - Vote Passed (233-193, 7 Not Voting) The House passed the conference report for the 2010 fiscal year budget resolution.

Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act - Vote Passed (249-175, 10 Not Voting)The House approved this bill that would provide local jurisdictions with funds to prosecute hate crimes.

Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 - Vote Passed (357-70, 7 Not Voting)The House passed this bill that intends to place new restrictions on credit card companies.

The Party of No and it's mascot John Kline can try and rebrand themselves is like putting lipstick on the pig...but it's still a pig...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Kline Sides With Loan Sharks Over Middle Class

The DCCC is targeting House Republicans who voted against the credit card reform bill --sending out a raft of press releases to local media saying that the reps "voted to protect big credit card companies at the expense of responsible consumers who play by the rules.”

John Kline voted NO on credit card reform bill. When asked for a comment by reporter Kevin Diaz," Kline's office declined to comment on the DCCC attack” (wow guess the honeymoon between them is over! Wonder if the *cough* independent voice *cough* of Laura Adelmann has aced Diaz out of his stenographer job with Kline)

The bill was portrayed as a way to help consumers level the playing field against banks. The legislation won broad bipartisan support in the House, with 105 Republicans, including freshman Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen, joining 252 Democrats in support. Two Minnesotans voted against the bill: Republicans John (The Party of NO) Kline and Michele (Democrats caused Swine Flu) Bachmann.

Kline continues to support the unscrupulous banking industry practices of credit card lending that victimize the working middle class and poor. His NO vote on the credit card legislation shows us:
1. John Kline is not willing or able to work along non-partisan lines.
2. John Kline is a 'tool' of the banking industry, at the expense of his constituents.

Rep. John Kline decided (sigh) once again to stick it to the people while protecting banking corporations that charge upward of 30% interest rates. The average credit card debt in America according to the Federal Reserve is $7,300 and many of these debts carry retroactive interest rate increases, hidden fees, come-ons to minors and young adults, and short term teaser rates with murky terms of use. In short, banks many times are offering credit cards loans that would rival any street loan shark. This bill eliminates such practices that seek to victimize the working class...but Kline sided with the loan surprise there!