Monday, October 7, 2013

Bustos Votes for Special Congressional Exemption

Did you see this? 

All I can do is shake my head...

As many of you know, Obamacare has an exemption for Members of Congress. They're exempt from the individual mandate and all that jazz.

So in the midst of voting for a government shutdown, Bustos took another curious vote. She rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have nullified that exemption. It would have made Members of Congress subject to Obamacare like everyone else.

And Bustos voted no.

Bustos voted to keep her special congressional health care and exempt herself from Obamacare.

Really? So if you like Obamacare so much, why won't you let it apply to you, Cheri?

What's good for the people should be good for our politicians. But as far as Cheri Bustos is concerned, she feels exempt.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

745,000 pennies I coulda saved...

But they were never my pennies to begin with, right?

According to Forbes, Obamacare will increase health care costs for the average family of four by $7,450 before 2022.


Meanwhile, our wonderful Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is fighting for the military! Or something. It sounds like she's leading the charge to prevent a government shutdo-NOPE. She voted for a government shutdown so she could protect this wonderful "tax" called Obamacare.

Thanks, Cheri. My middle class family really appreciates it.

Friday, September 13, 2013


So on Wednesday, our favorite Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined fellow congressional members at a 9/11 memorial service in Washington, DC.

And while the names of the dead were being read...

Cheri Bustos was texting. Or tweeting. Or maybe she was playing online poker with John McCain. Needless to say... wow.

Stay classy, Cheri.

Cheri Bustos is MIA

Very good letter in the Argus/Dispatch yesterday about Cheri Bustos' habit of being "missing-in-action."

It's actually becoming somewhat of a joke.

Bustos had the opportunity to vote to fund the Rock Island Arsenal... she doesn't show up.

She had the opportunity to vote for a budget (six of them!) and finally stand for something... she votes no.

She has had eight months to hold a town hall to listen to her constituents... she has held zero.

I hear she's a good fundraiser, though, so at least there's that. Unfortunately, that does no good for her constituents, who are left out in the cold with a "missing-in-action" congresswoman.

Cheri, get your priorities straight!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cheri Bustos Shows Extremist True Colors

Tonight, Rep. Cheri Bustos showed her true colors. While often speaking of seeking "common-sense solutions" and "bipartisanship,"Bustos cast her most extreme vote yet. Bustos voted to allow late term abortions, even at the point in which the unborn child can feel pain.

With her vote tonight, Cheri Bustos voted against 80% of Americans who believe that late term abortions should be banned. Bustos voted against protecting millions of innocent lives from the excruciating pain that SCIENCE has proven the unborn can feel at 20 weeks.

Maybe if Bustos hadn't received almost $600,000 from pro-abortion groups and donors, she could have voted with 80% of Americans who support this "common-sense" bill.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cheri Bustos Votes to Support Millionaires, Billionaires and Big Oil

I just read the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Back to Work" budget. You can read that here: CPC Budget

On the campaign trail we heard Cheri Bustos say the following would be her principles in Congress:

1. Ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay more of their fair share of taxes.
2. End tax breaks and incentives for big oil companies and companies that ship jobs overseas.
3. Protect Social Security and Medicare.
4. Cut down on waste, fraud and abuse.

If those were her principles, then why did she vote AGAINST the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget? According to their website, their budget would do the following:

1. Enact a Fair Individual Tax:

• Immediately allows Bush tax cuts to expire for families earning over $250K

• Higher tax rates for millionaires and billionaires (from 45% to 49%)

• Taxes income from investments the same as income from wages

2. Enact a Fair Corporate Tax:

Ends corporate tax bias toward moving jobs and profits overseas 

• Enacts a financial transactions tax

• Reduces deductions for corporate jets, meals, and entertainment 

3. Protect Health Care:

• No benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security 

• Reduces health care costs by adopting a public option, negotiating drug prices, and reducing waste and fraud

By voting against this budget, it's safe to say that Cheri Bustos isn't really against low taxes for millionaires and billionaires. It's safe to say that she's okay with tax breaks for big oil companies. She's also open to cutting social security and medicare. She doesn't prioritize cutting government waste. She clearly doesn't think that tax breaks for companies that outsource are that big of a deal either, otherwise she would have voted for this bill.

Cheri should explain why she didn't support this bill. Exactly what was in it that she disagreed with?

At the bare minimum, the local media in her district should be asking these questions.

Rep. Cheri Bustos: Budget Nihilist

From Wiki:

Nihilist may refer to:
  • one who believes existence has no objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value, see nihilism

I recently stumbled upon this entry from Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist .

It said exactly my thoughts regarding my own member of Congress, Cheri Bustos.

From the talking points we heard on the campaign trail and her family history, blue dogs like myself knew that Cheri Bustos wasn't interested in actually fixing any of the problems in DC.

With her father being the chief of staff to high profile U.S. Senators and one of the biggest lobbyists in the country, we knew she was only interested in getting elected and then re-elected.

That's why when she had the chance to support a budget to fix America's deficit and fund transportation projects that our district desperately needs, she took the stance of a budget nihilist.

Out of the 4 Democrat budgets and 2 Republican budgets, Cheri Bustos voted against all of them.

By not submitting her own plan to Congress and rejecting all proposed budgets, Cheri Bustos told our district that a budget doesn't matter.

It doesn't matter if America gets out of debt. It doesn't matter if we fix our roads or bridges. It doesn't matter if the Rock Island Arsenal employees get sequestered. It simply doesn't matter.

If she believed it mattered, then she would have voted for a plan or submitted her own. But rather than putting our district -- no, no, OUR FAMILIES who depend on jobs, defense, and transportation ABOVE her re-election plans.

Phil Hare didn't care and Cheri Bustos doesn't either.