March 20, 2009
Disgust with Reichert

I had applauded Representative Reichert's no vote on the Stimulus bill and his calls for responsibility. Today however he has lost my respect, possibly my vote in the future. Voting for a Bill of Attainder is an anathema to anyone that believes in the Constitution of the United States of America. Congressman Reichert has demonstrated that he doesn't care about the law. He has violated his oath of office.

The AIG bonuses were offensive, but nothing compared to what Congressman Reichert has done.

Here is the letter that I sent to Congressman Reichert.

Repesentative Reichert,

I was very disappointed in your vote for a bill of attainder in the trying to recoup the AIG bonuses. The punitive tax written to punish individuals that had legal contracts is disturbing. What other unconstitutional actions will you and other Republicans be convinced to join Speaker Pelosi and her comrades in trying to confiscate legal earnings from citizens of the United States.

These bonuses were distasteful, however the abrogation of your Constitutional duty is much more disturbing.

Your vote of no on the bailout was appropriate, however writing a law to specifically attack individuals is against everything that our Constitution stands for. I wish instead that you had stood up and criticized the leadership that choose to rapidly turn over such a huge amount of treasure with no oversight or foresight. The problem is the amount of money that was given to Goldman Sachs, european banks, and other through AIG. The bonuses were trivial to the amount of money wasted elsewhere.

The populist roar seems to have caught your attention to the detriment of your principles. I look forward to your apology for acting imperious rather than temperate and for your clarifying whether you believe that Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto laws should now be allowed in the United States of America.

The voters in our district deserve an apology.

Posted by SCarnahan at March 20, 2009 12:35 AM | Email This
1. I could have gone either way on this. In my case, a contract is a contract is a contract and that is how I would have voted.

Also, I would think legally the execs would have a case against IRS collecting this onerous tax.

I just wish the Rs could be more forceful in pushing the idea that more time was needed to vet the bill before it was rammed down our throats. This blame should all rest with the Ds, and the Rs need to press this issue instead of blustering about Limbaugh and other media distractions. The Rs need to make the case why we should throw out these bums and replace them with Rs.

Posted by: swatter on March 20, 2009 08:04 AM
2. I fully agree with you and your assessment of the situation. I cannot fathom USA that no longer honors Her constitution and creates completely onerous and confiscatory law that can only be found in a totalitarian government such as North Korea. If we allow this law to stand, we no longer have the liberty that's been the hallmark of this great country, and we will forever be at the mercy of government's tyrannical wielding of its (unconstitutional) power.

Posted by: DopioLover on March 20, 2009 10:27 AM
3. Are you kidding?!? Republicans can't win a seat on the sewer board and you want to throw one of the few elected Republicans for miles UNDER THE BUS.

With people like SCarnahan tearing Republicans apart, who needs Democrats?

Posted by: madlib on March 20, 2009 10:23 PM
4. The constitutional argument does not carry anymore--just look at how little concern there was over the First Amendment when McCain Feingold was passed.

Not to mention when a politically-connected law firm sues radio talk hosts over a gas tax initiative, and it elicits little more than a yawn.

Posted by: travis t on March 21, 2009 02:48 PM
5. Reichert is one of 85 REPUBLICANS who voted for HR 1586.

2/3rds of Washington's REPUBLICAN House delegation voted for this bill.

Be disgusted all you want.
Write all the letters you want.
In the end, REPUBLICANS play conservatives for saps.

"I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." -G. W. Bush

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on March 22, 2009 08:42 PM
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