Kirsten Gillibrand

Maybe Schumer & Gillibrand should have read the bill...

...before they voted for it so they could find out what was in it. Via Weasel Zippers:

Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed.  Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs — in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a “job-killing tax” — and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field.
 
The senators, who made the request in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are Franken, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Joseph Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Robert Casey, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikulski, Kay Hagan, Herb Kohl, Jeanne Shaheen, and Richard Blumenthal.  All voted for Obamacare...
 
Yes, there are several businesses in NYS that are impacted by this, including Welch Allyn in Skaneateles:
...In September, the company announced that it would cut 10 percent of its global workforce, including 45 jobs from its Skaneateles Falls headquarters. Welch Allyn employs about 2,700 workers worldwide...
 
Our morally and intellectually superior two-headed monster, Chuck and Kirsten, should have known that voting on Marxist ideological grounds for bills that you haven't actually read has consequences.
 

"I seen my opportunities and I took ’em."

Boy, I tell ya, Peter Schweizer, his latest book Throw Them All Out, politicians, and graft—the blogger's gifts that just keep on giving. Cartoonist Thomas Nast would have had a field day.

The quote in the post title is from

...Tammany Hall leader George Washington Plunkitt, explaining back at the turn of the last century how it was that so many political leaders had become wealthy in “public service.” But today’s pols make the old corrupt Democratic Party machine that ruled New York City for nearly a century look like pikers...
 
From Michael Walsh at the NY Post (via Kelly in the NYS group of As A Mom):
 
...Americans are finally waking up to the fact that we are ruled by oligarchs, many of whom entered Congress as folks of modest means and leave as millionaires and billionaires....
 
This is hardly new, though, as the quote from Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (synonymous with graft) indicates. And as a friend recently pointed out, "Lyndon Johnson was born into absolute poverty, spent a lifetime in public service and died a multimlllionaire."
 
But I digress.
 
...with public satisfaction with Congress at near-record lows, the stench is getting hard to ignore...two senators introduced legislation to stop congressional insider trading.
 
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced his STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act, which would prohibit Pelosi-like shenanigans by Congress members and executive-branch officials. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) followed him with her own version of the bill.
 
So, problem solved, right? No.
 
As The Post and others have pointed out, the bills contain lawyerly loopholes, including a 90-day grace period on reporting stock trades and a narrow limit on trading proscriptions, making them applicable only to “pending or prospective legislative action” involving the issuer of the securities.
 
Further, the Gillibrand bill says nothing about lawmakers sharing inside information with spouses or family members — a handy thing for her, because her husband is a venture capitalist and was an active stock trader during the 2008 mortgage crisis. Disclosure statements put the Gillibrand family’s net worth between $631,000 and $1.365 million...
 
This is "ethics reform"? And they say we here at Redneck Mansion are toothless.
 
By the way, Gillibrand is up for re-election in 2012.  See the title of Schweizer's book, above, for instructions.
 
 

Thinking outside the Senatorial box

Go to South of 5 and 20 and you'll see this at the top of the page: 

Amity Shlaes for Senate

Who's that, you say?  Stacy McCain has lots of links to get you up to speed in his post Amity Shlaes Has a Big Sexy Brain.  He says, "she would certainly be more than a match for Kirsten Gillibrand."

I'll refrain from saying any more IYKWIMAITYD.

She's Really Out There... Again

Once again, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has staked out and held a fringe position.  

This past week, the Senate wisely voted to repeal one of the dumbest ideas in ObamaCare, that being the requirement that businesses were required to file a 1099 tax form every time they bought more than $600 worth of goods or services from a single vendor.  
 
This would have meant that anytime any business, down to the independent contractor that bought an iPad or cell phone contract, did almost anything, they would have to generate and file a blizzard of paperwork.  This was an immense burden, which was implemented to catch mythical legions of businesses supposedly cheating the government out of "their tax receipts".
 
The reason was wrong, the solution was wrong, and the outcry was real.  The Senate blinked, voting 81 to 17 to repeal the provision that even President Obama eventually called "counterproductive."
 
Who was among the 17 that hung with the bad idea?  Our own Kirsten Gillibrand, doubling down.
 
I am reminded of the "Child-Whoring Pimp Assistance 7", who in an infamous 83-7 vote in the Senate in September, 2009,  refused to defund ACORN, even in the wake of its illegal support of sex trafficking and willingness to exploit underaged girls as exposed on undercover videos.  Who's in the seven?  Once again, it's Kirsten holding down the fringe.

The U.S. Congress is not a Charity

Today's bad idea:  Our junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to breathe new life into a bill to provide charity to First Responders of the 9-11 Terrorist Attack. Now charity is good, and it ought to be part of our reflex and fiber as individuals.  But our constitution does not provide for distribution of of our tax money in this way. 

We have a long history of these kind of arguments.  Take some time to review the classic case involving Davy Crocket in the House of Representatives. 

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