Friday, August 8, 2008
Read more here.
So if I'm Bruce Lunsford, the gloves are off. Show Mitch photoshopped with Michael Jackson and little kids. Show him shooting heroin in a DC slum. Show him walking out of an adult theater with PeeWee Herman. Show him yelling at Alec Baldwin's daughter and then beating a puppy to death and eating it. It doesn't matter. Because when Mitch McConnell campaigns, the truth doesn't matter.
Heck, when Mitch McConnell votes, talks, or answers questions, the truth doesn't matter.
Disclaimer: To my knowledge, none of the inflammatory statements above (except Mitch not telling the truth) are true. But you still shouldn't vote for him.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Well, he's Mitch McConnell's friend. Why? Because Mitch likes to help coal company owners get buy with lax safety.
See, there is a person named Richard Stickler who helped oversee the investigation into the Crandall County Mine disaster. Mr. Stickler was a former coal executive who had some safety issues in his own past. He was twice rejected for his job as "Mine Safety Czar" by Congress, but appointed via a recess appointment by George W. Bush.
Who was Stickler's boss? Mrs. Mitch McConnell, Elaine Chao.
But back to Murray. Seems that he's very close to Mitch. Really close. In fact, read more about it here.
So think about it. Nine people dead inside an unsafe mine. A buddy/buddy relationship between the mine's part owner and Mitch McConnell. Does Mitch care about the working man? Hell no. In fact, he could care less if you die.
Here you go! Mitch McConnell wants to smear a 12 year old for daring to want access to health care. This evil beast of a senator called Mitch McConnell hates kids, especially ones from families too poor to donate to his campaign.
In case you want some proof that he is evil and is a lying sack of monkey excrement.....
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Fat Cat Favors: With Mitch, you apparently get what you pay for. Lobbyists and special interest groups always have a friend in Mitch who, along with his wife, returns the favor to powerful business supporters.
- Gordon Hunter Bates, Mitch’s former staffer turned lobbyist, has repeatedly received earmarks and valuable goodies from Mitch for his clients. For example, Mitch secured nearly $45 million in federal funds benefiting four of Bates’ clients, the same folks who gave about $120,000 to Mitch in campaign contributions.
- The Food Marketing Institute, an interest group representing grocery stores among other groups, rewarded Mitch with $13,000 in campaign contributions while he and Elaine tag-teamed on dismantling the Clinton-era ergonomics safety rules, replacing them with “voluntary guidelines.”
- The mining industry has given $375,000 to Mitch’s Senate campaigns, including $200,000 from big coal since Elaine became Secretary of Labor. In fact, Mitch received $17,000 from a company whose executives were appointed by Elaine to serve in prominent posts at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Of course, this is easy when you and your husband have lots of money and lots of high level connections to big business.
And hey, everyone knows that Mitch and Elaine hate Kentucky and hate its workers.
Elaine would like to see all of our employers have a little more freedom to expose us to poisons. Guess that money from big corporations to the Republican coffers has got Ms. Elaine doing their bidding as well.
See the actions she's trying to push through under cover of darkness here.
The Wonkette has posted some random gossip about Mrs. Mitch McConnell misusing money, being a diva, and being stupid.
Wow, an anti-union group trashes the opponent of one of big business' biggest friends, Mitch McConnell, who never met an American worker he liked.
Ignore this smokescreen for what it is, a scare tactic to convince you unions are bad. These days, they're the only protection some people have.
Among Mitch's progressive moves, courtesy of ontheissues.org:
Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
Why? Because any good Republican knows you can entrust education to the Government.
Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Corporations good. Education bad.
Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Paying private insitutions public money ensures that their strong lobbyists will feed more money back to Mitch.
Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
Debt reduction and education? Surely you don't think Mitch wants our kids to have a better future. Maybe not funding our future will hasten the end times so part of my base will be happy.
Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
Hey, let's just create savings accounts for every problem in the country. Surely the poorest among us will start saving if we give them tax breaks.
Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
We need charter schools and vouchers! Public schools run by Government is for chumps and poor people. Screw them.
Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Because we're against bigger Government or having Government tell us what to do, unless it is about sex. Sex scares us because we may have to address the urges that many of us Republicans have that frighten our base.
Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
This one actually might be good. As our country slides in the toilet because of Republican decisions, prayer may be our only hope.
Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Standards? Who needs 'em?
Rated 20% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Damned uppity teachers.
Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
What's this? Could Mitch be getting a conscience? Could years of hoping our kids remain stupid have finally caught up with him? Could it be he knows he's facing reelection at a time when he's really going to be hated more than ever? Stay tuned.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Find More and Use Less
The following op-ed, written by Senator Mitch McConnell, appeared in Sunday's Courier-Journal.
The Courier-Journal editorial board believes Kentuckians ought to pay higher gasoline taxes. You've held that position for a long time, and aggressively promote it every chance you get. And on this issue, you're in total agreement with my opponent.
I believe differently. I'm convinced Kentuckians don't want their taxes to increase, especially at a time of record high gas prices. Talk about adding insult to injury.
There's a better way. I have a plan to help solve this energy crisis, bring down the price at the pump and reduce our dependence on Middle East oil.
The answer is simple: We need to find more energy and use less. This will take a three-pronged approach of greater energy exploration, new technological innovation and more conservation.
America is the third-largest oil-producing country in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. Yet, you would never know it by the extreme restrictions placed on energy exploration here at home. With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, the majority of Americans believe we need to unlock more of our own natural resources to help lower them.
We should allow responsible energy exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf, at least 50 miles from the coast, where states choose to do so. After all, the offshore areas off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts contain more oil than total U.S. imports from all Persian Gulf countries over the last 15 years combined -- yet 85 percent of this area is currently off limits.
We should also scrap an ill-conceived moratorium on developing oil shale in our Western states, which could yield three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia.
Innovation to develop new sources of energy is important, too. That's why I support greater federal funding for research and development for plug-in electric cars and trucks, and clean-coal technology, a resource Kentucky has in abundance.
Finally, we need greater conservation efforts, which is why I supported the first increase in fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks in three decades.
Taken as a whole, these proposals can win bipartisan support in Congress and be signed into law. Kentuckians deserve no less from their elected officials. I intend to keep working in the Senate to pass this much-needed legislation so we can lower the price of gas and reduce our reliance on Middle East oil.
Here's the problem with Mitch saying we should use less.
Just look at his record from OnTheIssues.org:
Mitch McConnell made the following stands that are counter to energy conservation:
- Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
- Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
- Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
- Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
- Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Could it be that Mitch McConnell loves the companies that keep him swimming in donations and hates the hard working people of Kentucky and the United States?
Yes. It could be.
Pitch Mitch in a Ditch in '08
Just read what he did to Heather Ryan, who is now running for a house seat:
While Executive Director of a small non-profit movie theater, and the sole financial
provider for our family of four, I had an encounter with Senator Mitch McConnell where I
attempted to ask him a question about the War in Iraq. Senator McConnell ignored my
question and slipped into his waiting SUV without incident. The following day I was
warned that the Senior Republican Senator had instructed his staff to call community
professionals and non-profit organizations and threaten funding for Paducah River
Front projects if I was not fired from my position. Within a week, I was without a job
because a corrupt politician had thin skin and used his influence to hold the city of
Paducah hostage, subsequently forcing them to render a constituent jobless.
I was very fortunate throughout the ordeal with the Senator to host a wonderful band
of supporters who also believe in the First Amendment. They saw that I was not afraid
to ask a corrupt senator a blunt question about an unpopular, unplanned and unending
Newly jobless, and without any prospects in the economically distressed Jackson
Purchase area, my friends and family encouraged me to run in the uncontested race
against "Exxon Eddie" Whitfield; the very race in which I was the campaign manager for
Eric Streit during the Primary Election two years previously. It doesn't take a rocket
scientist to realize that "Special Interest Ed" is part of the problem in the "Culture of
Corruption" the Republicans have created in Washington, D.C. Power and Money are
their only concerns, NOT the worries of their constituents, which was plainly evidenced
by my treatment and by the treatment of the people of KY-01. So, I entered this race
with the goal of returning the First Congressional District to a Representative Of, For
and By the people - the way our Founding Fathers intended.
You can watch her story here:
Why is Mitch such a wuss? Afraid of a woman and a little girl.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Below is an article in the CJ about Mitch McConnell's recent attack ads blaming Bruce Lunsford for high gas prices.
So let's get this straight, my diminutive friend. Bruce Lunsford's fiscally responsible desire 30 years ago to ensure that Kentucky had the funds to take care of its infrastructure is responsible for higher gas prices.
REALLY Mitch? REALLY? Have you had a chance to look at your own record and that of your party? What exactly have you done since 9/11/01 to help drive gas prices down? Oh, that's right. You moved forward with a false war fought under false pretenses so that large corporations would be able to receive corporate welfare from the Government. You helped lay the foundation for a world in which the dollar's value keeps falling, making gasoline even MORE expensive. You continue to back a President with failed policies on almost every front.
In case you haven't realized, and I doubt you have since I'm sure the last time you gassed up a car was 30 or more years ago, gas prices have risen tremendously in the past 8 years after remaining steady for the previous 20. Bruce Lunsford wasn't in a position to do much about it during that time. YOU WERE.
Mitch, why don't you run on your own record instead of attacking your opponent for something he did 30 years ago? My guess is because you can't. Mitch McConnell is bad for Kentucky, bad for the country, and needs to be voted out of office in 2008.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has begun airing a television ad that blames soaring gas prices on his Democratic opponent, businessman Bruce Lunsford.
The ad, which began running yesterday on network television stations statewide, notes that Lunsford backed legislation indexing Kentucky's gas tax to the cost of the fuel while he was a member of Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.'s administration in 1980.
Lunsford responded with a press release that blames McConnell for the high price of gasoline. It said McConnell opposed legislation that Lunsford argues would lower prices.
In the McConnell ad, a narrator says: "Gas prices are soaring and Kentucky's gas tax just went up again. Why? Nearly 30 years ago, Bruce Lunsford lobbied for automatic gas tax increases."
Lunsford, as Brown's chief legislative liaison, did push for a change in the gas tax formula. At the time the tax was 9 cents a gallon; since then the price of gas has more than tripled, with the tax rising to 21.1 cents per gallon.
The most recent gas tax increase was last month, when the tax went up 1.5 cents per gallon -- meaning that drivers would pay an extra 30 cents or so on an $80 tank of gas.
The increases are intended to insure that Kentucky maintains a steadily growing stream of revenue to build roads and keep up with inflation. Kentucky's gas-tax revenue goes into a fund used to build and repair highways.
As crude oil prices rise, so do the costs of building roads, since asphalt is a petroleum-based product.
In the ad, McConnell claims that Lunsford wants "to pump taxpayers for even more." The campaign says that refers to Lunsford's opposition to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore.
McConnell contends that such drilling will lower the price of crude oil, and his campaign criticizes Lunsford's support of a windfall profits tax on oil companies.
It's unclear exactly how much impact drilling offshore and in the arctic refuge would have. Recent reports by the U.S. Department of Energy suggest it would be minimal, at best, and consumers wouldn't see any savings for about 10 years.
Lunsford's press release said "McConnell's ridiculous negative attack is nothing more than a desperate political smokescreen."
He added that McConnell is simply trying to divert attention from his and the Bush administration's record on oil.
He charged that President Bush and McConnell have sat idly by while the price of gas has gone up $2.50 a gallon during the past six years. He noted that McConnell's gas price reduction act doesn't include a "holiday" from the 18.4-cent federal gasoline tax, which Lunsford supports.
McConnell's campaign noted that while the legislation doesn't include a tax holiday, the senator has supported the idea.
The campaign declined to say if he believes the state was right to raise the state gas tax in 1980 and, if not, what road projects he would have eliminated during the past 28 years. It noted that he is not a state policy maker and said he has a track record of opposing gas tax increases at the federal level.
"I have read their (the Lunsford campaign's) response three times now, and I have not seen a single word that repudiates the fact that Mr. Lunsford thinks gas should be taxed at increasingly higher levels as the price of fuel rises. That's remarkable," McConnell campaign manager Justin Brasell said in a statement.
McConnell's advertising buy appears to be significant -- he is spending about $28,000 on both WHAS and WAVE in Louisville for 182 spots on the two stations between now and the end of next week.
"It's a sizable buy," said Mark Riddle, a Democratic political consultant who is not involved in the Senate race. "Especially when you're talking about the middle of July."
Reporter Joseph Gerth can be reached at (502) 582-4702.