“Throw the Bums Out dot Org”

Roger Kimball suggests that we are ripe for a popular movement against congress. I sincerely hope he is right. I will make the vote on the bailout a serious consideration in all future elections. If I can possibly support a candidate who opposed this measure against one who supported it I will. Unfortunately, our representatives here in Georgia were not particularly helpful on this one. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both voted for the bill in the Senate. Our delegation to the House was a mixed bag:

Nay GA-1 Kingston, Jack [R]
Aye GA-2 Bishop, Sanford [D]
Nay GA-3 Westmoreland, Lynn [R]
Nay GA-4 Johnson, Henry [D]
Aye GA-5 Lewis, John [D]
Nay GA-6 Price, Tom [R]
Nay GA-7 Linder, John [R]
Aye GA-8 Marshall, James [D]
Nay GA-9 Deal, Nathan [R]
Nay GA-10 Broun, Paul [R]
Nay GA-11 Gingrey, John [R]
Nay GA-12 Barrow, John [D]
Aye GA-13 Scott, David [D]

but I live in the 4th district, so all three of my representatives voted for the Bailout. Correction, thanks to Ryan. I originally posted the results from the previous vote. Above are the Ga. delegates votes from House Vote #681 (Oct 3, 2008.)

At least in my case, Roger is correct in his assessment of the consequences of the vote.

Roger’s closing passage is this:

The distant rumble you hear is the sound of burgeoning democratic anger preparing to expel the smirking, incompetent toadies who orchestrated and presided over this catastrophe. Will it achieve critical mass by November 4? It is too early to say. But the longer the rumble proceeds without action, the angrier the people will be.

I believe he is correct about that last line.

Update: Friend Ryan sends along an email asking if I am sure about the votes above and it occurred to me that putting more info here was better than addressing Ryan directly. The votes above are for H.R. 1424. Here is a synopsis from GovTrack.us:

“This is the Senate’s October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called “vehicle” to pass the relief bill with an amendment that rewrites the whole bill. The House’s initial vehicle was H.R. 3997, but they failed to pass their amendment co-opting the bill.”

GovTrack.us is an excellent resource for information on this legislation and the working of our government in general. Here is the link to the measure that passed. And this will get you to the failed house attempt. Finally, this page contains comparisons of the various drafts of the measure.

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