Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Sue's Unlabeled Cake And Eating It, Too: UPDATE
The saga about Sue's vote against the National Uniformity for Food Act gets curiouser. One of our members contacted Sue concerning the bill and Sue responded with the following letter (name removed to protect the guilty):
But, Sue...you co-sponsored this bill!!! You are one of the Congress members who brought this bill to the floor. If you were so concerned about its flaws why did you put your name on it...and if it was so flawed, why didn't you offer any amendments to make it workable?
We note in your letter that the bill passed in spite of your opposition, and we can't help but think this is yet another famous Sue Kelly political flip flop vote that only seems to occur when outragous bills are assured of passage...when it's safe to show your constituents how "concerned about their well being" you are. But, when the votes are close, you always seem to be there for Tom Delay and Dennis Hastert to put them over the top, constituents be damned. See A Matter of Trust for some perfect examples.
Again, we ask:
"Why did you cast a vote against a bill you co-sponsored and brought to the floor of the House... a bill that was virtually unchanged since it was introduced (by you and others) and a bill to which you offered no amendments?"
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your attention to this matter. Like you, I am going to write platitudes here and write in circles so it's not excatly clear what I am saying and so that I can't be forced to actually take a stand on an issue. As someone who simply does what she's told, you know as well as I, that it's better to simply smile, say nothing, thank people for their concern, and hide behind spokespersons. The last thing we want is for someone to figure out we're nothing more than a seat warmer that advance the agenda of Dr. Dobson via Tom Delay.
So again, I want to thank you for getting in touch with me and I want to assure you that I will pretend to look into the matter and act like I have some gravitas in order to hide the fact that I am as useful to this district as a telegraph machine.
A Constituent With a Remarkable Likeness to Sue
Yup. We hear much ado about nothing while nothing gets done....but, it sure sounds good....