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.
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