Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act

Have you signed up with Megavote yet?  You should!  It's been getting interesting.

Recently passed the House:
H.R. 3408 - "Protecting Investment in Oil Shale, the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy and Resource Security Act".

Donna Edwards voted against it.

Granted this bill seems to have no impact on Maryland (not much oil shale here, ya know) but in reading about the bill, and reading both support and opposition to it, I'm unsure why she would vote against it.  The opposition seems to be based on the idea that oil shale isn't worthwhile, therefore we shouldn't release any land for it, and there are fears of environmental impact -- unsubstantiated, vague fears, as far as I can tell.

Support seems to be based on the idea that if oil shale can be made viable, it will bring a lot of jobs (and thus federal dollars).

I generally support domestic energy production.  Conversion to renewable resources is a cute idea, but still ahead of its time -- America's ability to stay competitive (assuming we still are) in the global market is going to depend partially on cheap energy.  In 30 years, when solar technology may have advanced to be superior to fossil fuels, then we can switch.  Until then, we should probably be thinking about increasing our domestic output.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Maryland - a pro-war state.


All of the Maryland Representatives, except for John Sarbanes (MD district 3), voted to pass this bill, authorizing full funding for the Department of Defense, including an increase over last year's budget.

Now, I typically vote Republican, so I'm generally pro-DOD. But America's deficit has been getting out of hand. I recognize the need to make some cuts. We had to cut the shuttle program, and that's a damn shame. We may be cutting the next generation Hubble telescope. Also a damn shame, but in times of budget crisis, I guess some things have to go and NASA had to take some hits.

So why did we increase the DOD's budget? Did we seriously scrap the space shuttle just to make room for more Department of Defense spending? Could we not maybe find a few billion to cut out there? I'd like to see cuts in big spending entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid too, and I was willing to see cuts in DOD spending as well. Everyone's gotta give a little, right?

Apparently not.

If you wanted any proof that the defense industry is out of control with spending, look no further than Donna Edwards: staunch Democrat, supposedly a liberal, yet even she can't resist voting YES to more war machines.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Donna Edwards - seriously, what the heck

This was really just a proof-of-concept site I made and then didn't do anything with. Lately, though, the votes coming out of Maryland have been too baffling to not comment on.

Donna Edwards:

Votes YES to authorizing the fighting in Libya. The overall House rejected the bill, 123 to 295. For those of you playing along at home, Donna Edwards is a Democrat, voted into power in a very liberal area. I seriously doubt anyone voted her in on a pro-war platform.

Votes NO to the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, which was meant to help pave the road to domestic energy production.

Votes NO to limiting the use of funds for attacking Libya.

Votes YES to raising the debt limit. (Personally, I keep wondering what the point of a "debt limit" is if you keep raising it. It's like the parents who tell their kids, "No more" and after their kid gets whiny, it's "okay, one more, then that's it" and this cycle continues until the kid has exactly what they wanted to begin with. It's only a limit if you actually hold to it.)

Votes NO to Libya troop withdrawal.

Votes NO to prevent tax payer money from funding abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or medical necessity. In other words, Donna Edwards voted to allow taxpayer money to pay for any abortion, for any reason. (I'm pro-choice, but I don't approve of using tax money for this.)

Votes NO to Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. Well, let's keep making Canadians and South Americans rich as we buy their oil, while blocking American companies from doing the same thing, I guess. Does that make sense in some universe? Donna Edwards doesn't think Americans need jobs in the oil production field.

I dunno, sure seems like Donna Edwards is a little pro-war, pro-debt, pro-spending, anti-energy. To be fair, she's probably just toeing the party line, but the party line hasn't been doing much good for us over the last few years, has it? We can't be pro-spending and anti-business at the same time. This is something most of Maryland's politicians fail to understand (as we watch jobs flood to Virginia).

I bet she's hoping the people of Maryland don't care enough to find out about her pro-war votes on Libya, at any rate.

I bet she's pretty safe on that hope. I'd wager the vast majority of people have no idea what their representatives are voting on.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Donna Edwards voting record

Source: http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=65085


Donna Edwards voted to increase the limit on the national debt to $12,394,000,000,000.

That's "twelve trillion, three hundred and ninety four billion dollars" in case you wanted to write it on a check. I wonder what the point of a limit is if you just keep increasing it every time you get near it?
House Amendment 509

Donna Edwards voted against prohibiting federal funding for abortion services.

In other words, Donna Edwards supports using your tax money to fund abortions. Note that the bill would have allowed federal funds to be used in cases of rape, incest or where the woman's life is in danger. Also note that you would still be able to get abortions through private insurance or personal funds. The ONLY thing this bill did was ask that federal tax dollars not be used for elective abortions.

Donna Edwards supports using your tax dollars to pay for any abortion for any reason.

HR 3221

Donna Edwards voted against de-funding ACORN.

ACORN was caught in a scandal. I have linked one of the videos above but you can always Google for more info. Congress voted to stop sending federal money to ACORN. 345 representatives voted yes, 75 representatives, including Donna Edwards, voted no.

Donna Edwards wanted to continue sending federal money to ACORN.