Saturday, February 21, 2009

Men of Honor, Part II

Remember how way back on December 7, 2008 we posted:
"And speaking of men of honor, two men who have their Oogedy Booedy in the right place: Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Anh “Joseph” Cao, the Vietnamese immigrant, philosophy professor and pro-lifer, who won a seat in Congress representing Louisiana, beating out a more widely-known Democratic opponent who has a penchant for hiding bribe money in his Frigidaire."
Well, it seems that Congressman Cao is still sticking to his guns and voting his conscience,
This past Friday, I voted against the so-called stimulus bill. I wanted a bill that would stimulate the economy without wasteful spending and that would answer the needs of my district. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. Voting no was a tough decision -- my most difficult yet in Congress -- but I believe it was the right decision.
President Barack Obama's intentions with this bill were good, but the result is loaded with big government spending and dubious initiatives that will do little to help the average American. The costs of the stimulus bill far outweigh the benefits. Even the White House's own analysis ranked the 2nd District dead last in terms of the number of jobs created yet the bill will increase 2nd District citizens' share of our national debt to more than $38,000 per person.
The passage of the stimulus bill was neither fair nor transparent. The entire process was characterized by traditional Washington back-room dealing and was intended to ram through a trillion-dollar spending frenzy with as little debate and scrutiny as possible.
Some will say I bowed to political pressure to "fall in line" with the Republican Party. This could not be further from the truth. My first and only responsibility is to the people of the 2nd District; I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to pass important legislation, such as the critically needed children's health insurance program we passed earlier this year.
As your representative, I have worked tirelessly to bring jobs back home, securing $129 million to assist local hospitals and moving forward the backlog of local FEMA projects to restore basic services like firehouses, health clinics and schools. If we can get even a fraction of these projects off the ground, it will do far more for the 2nd District than the stimulus bill.
U.S. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao
Washington
Anti-stimulus vote tough but justified, Cao says Posted by Letters to the Editor February 16, 2009 4:44PM

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