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Editorial: Can’t Tell The Players Without A Scorecard

Submitted by on January 31, 2014 – 4:13 pm EST4 Comments

By: Dick Manasseri
WatchDog Wire

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Is Washington, D.C. so far gone, that we have given up keeping score on the job performance of our representatives? “What difference does it really make,” if we send a Democrat or a Republican to D.C.?

The conservative-oriented Heritage Action Scorecard is one measure of our Michigan representatives’ job performance. Within the Michigan House delegation, progressive Gary Peters predictably rates a 12%, while ‘constitutionalists’ Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio rate the highest scores, at 87% and 83%, respectively.

GOP leaders and their congressional members claim to favor the limited government and fiscal responsibility embraced by their grassroots supporters, yet their votes on key bills often tell another story. All the Republican representatives, except for Amash and Bentivolio, joined with Democrat Peters and voted for the progressive $1trillion-dollar Farm Bill (which include $800 billion-dollars for Food Stamps) as well as the Progressive $1trillion-dollars Omnibus Spending Bill.

You really do need a Scorecard to know who’s on whose team, particularly in the upcoming game for all the marbles – amnesty.

Dick Manasseri, a resident of Rochester Hills, is a big fan of the US Constitution, doing whatever he can to preserve and protect it for his children and grandchildren.

4 Comments »

  • Anna Spencer says:

    Right on Dick – the ‘new’ Farm Bill is a joke on us.

    Anna Spencer.
    Royal Oak, MI

  • Ryan Tsivitse says:

    I knew that some republican members of congress in our state scored low but I didn’t realize it was even under 50% for one of them. That means half the time some of these congresspeople who claim to hold our values are voting for the status quo and are perfectly fine with more government, debt, and wasteful spending.That’s just pitiful. Thanks for bringing awareness to this

  • Rich Weise says:

    Is Washington, D.C. so far gone, that we have given up keeping score on the job performance of our representatives? I think the answer is obvious, YES! This is why, which is also obvious. It’s the fault of the American voter. When a person can vote and doesn’t, that’s the same as telling his city, county, state or national government, “I don’t really care if you’re doing your job of not.” So, knowing a lot of us don’t care, our governments get lazy. They are just following the lazy voter’s example. Our lazy elected “officials” think, “If my voters don’t care, why should I care? Just as along as I get enough votes to get re-elected every time. That’s all I care about.” The quickest, most efficient way to start solving our problems is a massive voter turnout, with voters voting for the incumbent’s opponent till the incumbents start solving our problems. A voter turnout of 85% or better, every time, would be nice. In America anything is possible.

  • Pete LaBarbera says:

    I agree that Washington D.C. is so far gone. Also the problem I see is that not only voter turnout, but the lack of educated voters. Most Democrats vote when the see the letter “D” and Republicans see the Letter “R”. Democrats don’t want to lose entitlements and they don’t educate themselves on the issues. If you took a survey of how many DEMS ever voted Republican and vice versa, I would be shocked if the DEMS came out on top. Congress has to pass laws that they too have to use. Congress needs to pass laws that forces voter ID and to have citizens take a short test, pass it in order to vote. Including the law makers who want to make a cushy lifestyle for themselves.

    I am sure you all know who said; “I will fundamentally change America”
    Well,that brain thrust is getting a lot of help from Congress. The Constitution is being assaulted in many ways.
    The United States of America used to be the greatest on Earth, Look at it now in just the past 5 years. God Bless us all, for we are in deep trouble.

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