Sunday, May 3, 2009

The BURRden of TRUTH


When you have the type of record that Richard Burr has it is amazing that he even shows his face in public, let alone the fact that he is seeking a second term in the senate. He should just gracefully back out of politics now while he still has a little bit of honor and dignity left. Richard Burr is in the Fight of his life against an opponent that doesn't even exist yet. There isn't even a Democratic Challenger (well officially anyway) and his race is a toss up. Which means that when we do finally have an Official Challenger for Burr that he stands little chance of retaining his senate seat. It is so bad that I could probably run for US Senate against Burr and win.

The Problem with Burr is that he is so UNKNOWN! And the people that do know Burr aren’t all that impressed with him. So you got to ask the question how the hell did this guy win the Senate seat to begin with? Good question. Well, lets start by saying that Burr was already in congress thus he had a lot of support from his buddies in the US House of Representatives and in the Senate. They knew him far better than most people in the state of NC and they campaigned real hard for him. Also he ran against the Perfect opponent in Erskine Bowles. Bowles refused to run any real Dirty Ads, while of course the Republicans ran all the Dirty Ads in the Book. Plus Moderates wanted someone that they thought would be “Strong on Defense” the War in Iraq and Afghanistan was underway and they didn’t want to take a chance on Bowles. Well lets just say that since then we have found out that the entire premise for war was bogus and the Administration and the Republicans in Congress TRICKED US into going into War in Iraq based of of FALSE INTELLIGENCE.

I believe that with out the War in Iraq Bush wouldn’t have won a Second Term and Kerry would have been the President, and Burr probably wouldn’t have won his senate seat either. NOW, the tables have turned and the Truth has been revealed. We KNOW WHAT THE NEO-CONS did to get us into WAR and we want to know the ENTIRE TRUTH. But until then we will systematically remove every CONservative Senator from Congress that we can Starting With Richard Burr.

North Carolina has decide to turn the page on its CONservative Past and head towards a Progressive Future. A bright Future with President Barack Obama leading the way, with Governor Perdue and Senator Hagan supporting him and his Progressive Agenda it want belong for this country to turn around and we start to see some real Progress.

But first we must take care of Business. We have to get rid of Richard Burr. This will send a message through out the south that NEO-Conservatism is DEAD, and if the other Republican Senators want to hold on to their seat then they should Moderate their Stances on Key Progressive and Social Issues and I mean NOW! Burr isn’t he only Senator on the Hot Seat. We need to KEEP THAT SEAT HOT UNTIL HE GETS BOOTED OUT OF IT.

For those of you that say, well I don’t know Burr, is he really that bad of a senator the answer is YES. He is that bad and then some. His voting record really doesn’t do him justice. He is a “Follower of the GOP Overlords” like Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and John McCain. He just does what ever they Say even if it isn’t in the best interest of the Citizens of the Fine state of North Carolina. Because he doesn’t really care what we want. He only cares about his Future and status in the Republican Party. Don’t take my word for it just look at his voting record.

BURR ON HEALTHCARE
• Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
• Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
• Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
• Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
• Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
• Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
• Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
• Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
• Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
• Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
• Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
• Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
• Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
• Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

BURR ON EDUCATION

• No Child Left Behind provides opportunity to compete. (Sep 2004)
• Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
• Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
• Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
Rated 40% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON CIVIL RIGHTS

• Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Sep 2004)
• Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
• Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
• Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
• Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
• Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
• Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
• Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

BURR ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

• Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions (May 2008)
• Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
• Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
• Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
• Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
• Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
• Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
• Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
• Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
• Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
• Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE

• Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
• Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
• Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
• Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
• Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
• Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
• Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
• Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses. (Jun 2008)

BURR ON HOMELAND SECURITY

• Voted YES on removing need for a warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
• Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
• Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
• Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
• Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
• Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
• Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
• Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
• Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
• Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
• Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
• Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON FREE TRADE

• Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
• Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
• Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
• Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
• Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
• Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
• Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

BURR ON IMMIGRATION

• Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
• Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
• Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
• Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
• Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
• Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
• Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
• Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)