Thursday, January 11, 2007

'The World According to Schwarz'

The Battle Creek Enquirer has a long detailed story about Joe Schwarz, even as Tim Walberg tries to get his start as the new 7th District Congressman.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article. It was nice to again see the wit, intelligence, and warmth of Joe Schwarz described in print. He is truly an extraordinary man and did a great deal to improve this district during his all-too-short term in office.

In comparison, our current representative, Tim Walberg, has "distinguished himself" in his first two weeks in office by voting "no" on the bill which would have required sponsors of earmarks to identify themselves and which would require all legislation to include provisions to pay for it. (Where is his so-called "fiscal conservatism?" I seem to remember some apparently empty campaign rhetoric of his which railed against earmarks. Nice vote for special interests, TW.) Walberg also voted "no" on increasing the minimum wage, adopting the recommendations of the 911 commission, federal funding of stem-cell research, and negotiating drug rates for Medicare recipients. Additionally, he (a member of the House Labor and Education Committee) could not even tell a C-SPAN reporter how many persons living in this district are auto workers.

What a shame that we have elected this to replace someone with the intellect and public service record of Joe Schwarz.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwarz was the best Congressman Michigan has had in over 30 years. The only reason Walberg won is not enough people voted in August. Walberg won the primary with less than 8 percent of the registered voters going to the polls. Shame on us, we get the government we deserve when we don't vote!

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right. I and my friends voted, but I am absolutely mystified as to why so many people in this district stayed home on primary day.

According to the Jackson Citizen-Patriot today, our "representative" (I use that term advisedly) Mr. Walberg is now co-sponsoring a bill to raise the national sales tax to 23%. So much for fiscal conservatism. It looks like its sheer payback to the Club for Growth now, for TW. There is no more regressive tax than a sales tax.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just think of the bureaucracy a 23 percent sales tax would create. I thought Wally and his cronies were for limited government. Looks like he lied there too.

On the positive side, this proposal is so absurd it has no chance of seeing daylight in Congress. Wonder if this guy is going to make it through the entire two years of his term? What an embarassment to our district and state.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote a piece about Walberg's arrival in D.C. and the politics of the district and the house race.

1:04 AM  
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