“Shock Audio: Facing ‘Obligations’ From Leadership, Democrat Congresswoman Leaves Voicemail for Lobbyist Cash”
The “Congresswoman” is actually DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who isn’t one of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, and doesn’t get to vote on final bills.
That clarification aside, the only other thing inaccurate about the headline is the word “Shock.”
Update: Holmes defends –
Her campaign also mentioned that Norton “is a longtime supporter of public financing of campaigns, but barring that, candidates from all parties regularly raise funds in calls by first identifying who they are and what they have done.”
In a voicemail message?
If you have to remind a friendly contributor of who you are what you have done, it may be an indication that you really haven’t done much.
From LA’s City Controller (small PDF; HT Patterico):
CITY CONTROLLER RELEASES AUDITS OF HOW LOS ANGELES HAS USED FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY
$111 Million in ARRA Funds Has Only Created 55 Jobs So Far
It’s even worse than that, if you look at the second paragraph of City Controller Wendy Greuel’s press release, and it’s not just a failure to properly round:
DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works). LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall. Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.
What slop. It’s possible that the $111 million has “created” nothing.
Greuel is a Democrat who appears to be doing a decent job of sniffing out waste and inefficiency. Here’s a home-run suggestion that would make her an instant national hero: Demand that the City reject the remaining $483 million in stimulus ($594 promised less $111 million received). They’re obviously incapable of accomplishing anything meaningful with the funds.
Speaking of rejecting stimulus funds, here’s Warren County (Ohio) Commissioner Mike Kilburn’s take on taking stimulus money:
While some may argue that if the county doesn’t take stimulus money, another jurisdiction will, longtime Republican county commissioner Mike Kilburn said that’s the wrong way of looking at it since the funds are borrowed money and not tangible.
“It’s a big lie and it’s just taken this country down the wrong road,” he said. “I will not participate in driving this train off this track.”
… Kilburn, first elected in 1982, always votes no when it comes to stimulus dollars.
The country needs more Mike Kilburns.
Within 24 hours of Christine O’Donnell’s win in Delaware’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, Harry Reid greatly improved her chances in the general election — twice:
Reid: Coons, ‘my pet,’ will win
But Reid said (New Castle County executive Mike) Coons would have won even if Rep. Mike Castle (R) had prevailed over O’Donnell.
“I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate,” Reid said.
“Let me tell you about him: A graduate of Yale Divinity School. Yale Law School. A two-time national debate champion. He represents two-thirds of the state now, in an elected capacity. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen him or heard him speak, but he is a dynamic speaker. I don’t mean loud or long; he’s a communicator. So that’s how I feel about Delaware. I’ve always thought Chris Coons is going to win. I told him that and I tried to get him to run. I’m glad he’s running. I just think the world of him. He’s my pet.”
I don’t expect that Mike “I’m a bearded Marxist” Coon would be an independent voice for the people of Delaware in the U.S. Senate.
Update: Then there’s this –
He uses the AAA bond rating of the County as proof of his fiscal conservatism but what he doesn’t tell you is that he raised taxes 3 times since he took the reigns in 2005.
In 2006 Chris proposed a 5% increase in property taxes that his Democrat controlled County Council passed instead of cutting spending.
Just a year later in 2007, Coons again had to initiate a tax increase. This time the bill was blown up by 17.5%. Again, he chose to raise taxes instead of working to reduce the cost of county government.
In 2009, amidst the height of “the worst recession since the Great Depression” Chris Coons brought yet ANOTHER tax increase to his Democratically controlled County Council. The result was a 25% increase in property taxes and not a DIME cut from the budget.
Looks like this is another Democrat who has never met a tax increase he doesn’t like.
Update 2: Statewide turnout in 2008 was 68%. Tuesday’s O’Donnell-Castle primary race drew almost double the turnout expected. If a large portion of the 32% who didn’t show up in 2008 come out this fall, it won’t be to support the Washington status quo.