Monday, September 29, 2008
"Bailout" Update - Round One Goes To WE THE PEOPLE
The following members of the House of Representatives voted FOR the Bail-Out and can be held accountable by voting AGAINST them in the November election:
Johnson, E. B.
Lungren, Daniel E.
Weller (Did Not Vote)
We, the undersigned people of the United States, hereby pledge to vote AGAINST any incumbent Senator or Member of Congress who supports the proposed federal government bail-out of the financial system.
This is a new website organized by journalist Dave Lindorff: Throw Them All Out.
Are You Tired of Being Ripped Off By Congress and the White House?
Is this Wall Street Bailout the Last Straw for You?
The public won the first round! We the People bombarded Congress with calls and emails, actually crashing the Capital website and jamming up the phone system, with "No!" opinions outnumbering backers of a bailout by 999:1.
Now we need to make sure they don't come back and pass the same ripoff handout of $700 billion to the Wall Street gang on Thursday!
Don't let up the pressure! Call Congress today. Call them again tomorrow. Demand that they not be scare-mongered by the Bush administration and the House and Senate leadership (of both parties) or by the two presidential candidates into passing a bill that came to them in the form of two and a half pages of notes from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
Demand that before any rescue bill is considered there must be full hearings into the cause and nature of the crisis, and into the most appropriate solutions. The public and members of Congress need to hear from other experts besides self-interested Wall Street bankers and their lobbyists.
Let us and Congress hear from the Nobel Laureate economists like Joseph Stiglitz and others who are warning that this bailout proposal won't work, that it attacks the wrong thing, and that there are better, cheaper ways of addressing the nation's economic crisis than just throwing money at Wall Street and shifting the bad debts onto the backs of taxpayers.
No bailout without full hearings! We've seen what Congress produces when it is pressured into passing legislation without hearings: The Patriot Act and the War on Iraq. Both have been disasters and have helped to undermine the Constitution and to destroy this nation. A $700-billion or $1-trillion handout of borrowed money to Wall Street, and an unprecedented handing over of congressional power to the secretary of the treasury will be a similar unconstitutional and nation-wrecking atrocity.
We can do this! The key is telling each of our elected representatives--House and Senate--that if they pass this legislative ripoff without first holding full hearings, and if all they do is bailout Wall Street and hand us the bill, we will vote them out off office, giving their seats to whoever happens to be running against them this year, or whenever they face the voters next. That threat is the only one they understand.
Pennsylvania residents have shown the way. We learned that the the state legislature--Republicans and Democrats--had connived in the middle of the night to give themselves a raise in violation of the state constitution, which said raises could only be given to the next cycle of elected officials, not to those in a current term. They got around this bar to self-dealing by declaring the pay increases "undocumented expense reimbursements."
The citizenry rose up and in a leaderless grassroots campaign, they swept out off office many long-time members of the legislature who had voted for the measure, as well as a judge who backed the action (the state's judges get whatever the legislators get)!
If Pennsylvania voters can do this, so can the rest of America.
If you are fed up with having your money (and your kids' money, and their kids' money!) stolen and handed to the greedy, crooked bankers, insurance executives and auto tycoons who have been destroying jobs and undermining the US economy for years while enriching themselves at our expense, then make a pledge to yourself to vote against any member of your congressional delegation, whatever the party, who votes for this latest colossal $700-billion Wall Street bailout!
Vote for a third party candidate, or vote for the incumbent's challenger (a better option if you really want to oust him or her).
No exceptions! It doesn't matter of your senator or representative has done some good things. Voting for this bailout is a travesty that outweighs any other act.
Next (and this is critical!) send this website address:
to everyone you know.
And talk to everyone you know and get them to join this viral campaign to clean out the Capitol of the thieves and corporate whores who are wrecking the country.