It's a very sad state of affairs if the right regains control of the House.
The House Appropriations Committee would be run by Jerry Lewis. (No, not the comedian so popular in France, the bad one.) His legacy is earmarks and according to the Public Campaign Action Fund has been the recipient of $888,000 over the years. Clearly not someone that will curtail spending. Although the right has no reputation for curtailing spending as evidenced by the previous administration.
The Ways and Means Committee would be run by Dave Camp. This is the group that would have the power to derail health care reform. He has taken $3 million from the health care industry. Hmmmm.... bought and paid for.
Spencer Bachus would lead the financial services committee. Securities and investment firms have given him more than $1million dollars.
Howard Buck McKeon would lead the armed services committee. Military contractors have given him a career total of $842,000.
Lastly, from my former home state former Senator Norm Coleman runs the American Action Network. This organization has had ads pulled from FOX because they have simply lied. They have stated there is a jail time punishment if citizens don't cover themselves with healthcare and they state the healthcare reform provides Viagra to sex offenders. I am so very happy this man is out of the senate.
Why not progressive?
At times I'm frustrated by those that don't follow politics in the United States. I worry they don't vote, I worry they don't get their opinion out there. Of course, I am very progressive and very much in opposition to the right, however, I'm being inspired by a much greater goal than politics. Politics is all cyclical. It's not important in the grand scheme of things. The important part of life is what all the regular people are doing. I'm changing the focus of this blog a bit. Not because I think the Tea Party won the midterms or anything like that but because I want to elevate us above that sort of derogatory nonsense into something that is far more useful. Something to save us and save the world. Small goals, I know. But seriously something to talk about.