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Posted: 7/22/2008 8:48:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 8:54:22 PM EDT by kill-9]
Rep. McDermott Introduces Gas Stamps Legislation to Assist Vulnerable Americans

July 22, 2008
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, introduced legislation today to provide financial assistance to vulnerable Americans struggling to survive under crushing gasoline prices.

The Emergency Gasoline Assistance Act (H.R. 6561) would create a program to provide $5 billion to states as a one-time grant with the money designated to provide assistance to families of modest means to purchase gasoline. This program could provide every family that is currently living below the federal poverty threshold with $500 in assistance. State governors would have the flexibility to use the money to create programs that target the specific needs of their communities.

“Today’s punishing gasoline prices are hard enough on American families with above average income, but the prices are devastating on Americans who are living at or near poverty,” Rep. McDermott said, “and I don’t intend to stand idly by and do nothing.”

If gas prices remain unchanged, the average family will spend about $1,000 more in gasoline expenses this year, compared to 2007, and this burden is disproportionately felt by low income families, which are struggling to purchase gasoline to simply travel to work. Families in rural areas face additional challenges. The Emergency Gasoline Assistance Act would provide these families vital assistance in coping with the sudden shock of spiking gasoline prices. There are currently 7.7 million American families that are living in poverty.

“The Labor Department reported last week that inflation had its biggest increase last month in 17 years and I think we have an obligation to our most vulnerable citizens to act to help them. The bad economic news says to me that Americans have to choose between food and fuel and that is not acceptable in the richest nation on earth.”

Under McDermott’s bill, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), which is an annual grant made to states to finance social programs aimed to assist vulnerable populations, like the aged, the disabled, and the impoverished, would receive a $5 billion infusion to finance the Gas Stamps program. By utilizing the SSBG, states would be able to tap into a funding stream with which they are familiar to immediate assist people with the high price of gasoline.

“I hope Congress will act quickly on this legislation. I proposed it in the spirit of something President John F. Kennedy once said: ‘If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.’”

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Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:49:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 8:50:56 PM EDT by EternalVigilance]
Rep McDermott sounds like a cum-cuzzling faggot.


eta: We are logically doomed as a country. People have figured out they can make a career in politics by pandering to people who will vote for them when they offer them free-shit. That is a paradigm which just doesn't support itself.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:51:57 PM EDT
Sounds like someone is trying to see what it takes to get his ass tossed in the harbor.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:52:28 PM EDT

D-WA


'nuff said
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:56:19 PM EDT
Fucking shitbag and his demoncrap socialism.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:00:03 PM EDT
They dont have jobs in the first place, WTF do they need to drive?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:01:22 PM EDT
[Scrooge] Is there no public transportation?.....are there no bicycles?...." {/Scrooge]


Typical liberal patchwork BS......they'd rather bail water from an over-running bathtub with a teaspoon rather than turn the faucets off.

If they REALLY wanted to help the poor and everyone else , McDermott and the rest of congress would get off their lazy backsides and work thru their upcoming "vacation" to form a REAL energy plan of drilling, building refineries, building nuclear plants, coal plants, coal gasification, and even some solar and wind for the greenies.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:02:02 PM EDT
Here's a better idea for the esteemed representative:

Put that 5 billion into drilling infrastructure and lift the ban. Gas would be under $3 a gallon within a month, guaranteed.

But that wouldn't score him points with the parasites who will vote for him because he gives them free stuff
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:02:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EternalVigilance:
People have figured out they can make a career in politics by pandering to people who will vote for them when they offer them free-shit. That is a paradigm which just doesn't support itself.


QFT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:05:53 PM EDT
I seem to recall some quote about the republic's fall due to people voting to line their own pockets.

We just made it one step closer.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:11:36 PM EDT
Coming from "Baghdad Jim", this doesn't surprise me.

"Baghdad Jim" comes from when this illustrious Congressman visited Saddam Hussein, pre-war to basically show his support.

He's a Seattle Communist.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:20:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Nimrod1193:

D-WA


'nuff said
not quite enough, D-Seattle...nobody else in this state claims Baghdad Jim
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:24:11 PM EDT
My shocked face-


Honestly, anyone surprised by this? Anyone?

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:36:08 PM EDT
Fuck that, make them run their cars on free cheese.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:42:58 PM EDT
Good thing taxpayer dollars are unlimited
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:52:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JS98010:
Coming from "Baghdad Jim", this doesn't surprise me.

"Baghdad Jim" comes from when this illustrious Congressman visited Saddam Hussein, pre-war to basically show his support.

He's a Seattle Communist.



Why is this fuck still breathing?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:54:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JS98010:
Coming from "Baghdad Jim", this doesn't surprise me.

"Baghdad Jim" comes from when this illustrious Congressman visited Saddam Hussein, pre-war to basically show his support.

He's a Seattle Communist.

There's not a lot of cities in the US that DON'T have Communists taking up residence in the House and Senate.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:55:58 PM EDT



On March 26, 2008, an indictment unsealed in Detroit accused Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a member of a Michigan nonprofit group, of arranging for McDermott, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California to take a trip to Iraq, paid for by Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency.[14]

He received sharp criticism from conservatives for his visit, and then afterwards when he began his prediction that President George W. Bush would "mislead the American public" to justify military action. During the run up to the Iraq war, McDermott insisted that no WMD would be found in Iraq.

After this visit to Iraq, Rep. McDermott received a $5,000 contribution to an unrelated legal defense fund from Shakir al Khafaji, an Iraqi-American businessman with alleged ties to the Oil for Food scandal. McDermott returned the contribution in 2004 after it was questioned in the media. Aides asserted that McDermott had no prior knowledge of Khafaji's alleged connections to Iraqi oil money.

McDermott's opponents frequently use the nickname "Baghdad Jim" to call attention to his controversial Iraq visit. His supporters point out that he correctly predicted that no WMD would be found in Iraq.[15]


Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:56:25 PM EDT
Can you figure out the logic.

You ask people to take public transit. You ask poor people to save for something more meaningful than a car. Then you give them stamps to buy gas?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:56:30 PM EDT



Pledge of Allegiance
After atheist Michael Newdow lost his case to have the phrase "Under God" dropped from the Pledge of Allegiance, Rep. McDermott, during his leading of the pledge on the floor of the House, left out the phrase. He later stated that he had forgotten, as he was born in 1936, and the phrase not added until 1954 when he was 17.


Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:56:54 PM EDT



On June 7, 2007, McDermott conceded that attempts to ban internet gambling have been "ineffective". He proposed instead to "subject the revenue to taxation", and introduced a tax on online gambling, labeled Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act (IGRTEA). On January 31, 2008, McDermott stated that the tax could generate "$8 billion to $42 billion in revenue in its first 10 years".[16]

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:57:37 PM EDT
all of the above quotes were from wikipedia



someone please find a short rope and a tall tree

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:59:13 PM EDT
wow I really hate this son of a bitch






Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Expand contraceptive services for low-income women. (May 2006)
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:59:34 PM EDT




Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:00:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:00:32 PM EDT



Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)



Its ok to give special treatment to everyone but white people.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:00:50 PM EDT
Fucking communist piece of shit
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:01:02 PM EDT



Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
Rated 75% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Rated 41% by the NCJA, indicating a "soft-on-crime" stance. (Dec 2005)

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:03:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 10:05:26 PM EDT by EternalVigilance]




Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)





Wow. This shit is so bad that I give up. It will take me a hundred posts. Every single fucking issue this stupid fuck is complete corrupted fail.


It gets much worse.

www.ontheissues.org/House/Jim_McDermott.htm


I hope this son of a bitch chokes on a dick.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:16:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EternalVigilance:
Rep McDermott sounds like a cum-cuzzling faggot.
quote]

Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:35:57 AM EDT
^
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:38:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lospeed_hidrag2:
They dont have jobs in the first place, WTF do they need to drive?


How else are they supposed to get to McDonalds???

How else are they expected to go visit their baby daddies at the State Prison???
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:39:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 22bad:
Good thing taxpayer dollars are unlimited


Exactly. This is change I can vote for.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:41:01 AM EDT
Fucking ,
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:47:03 AM EDT
McDermott is just another shitbag politician on the list here in WA. He ranks right up there with (maybe even ahead of) Cantwell, Murray, Gregiore, et al. Too bad we can't just dump Seattle and its uber-libtards into the Sound and be done with them...
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:47:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/23/2008 5:50:01 AM EDT by FMJshooter]
And yet there's people on this very site willing to put ass hats like this in power.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 5:55:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MarkNH:

Originally Posted By lospeed_hidrag2:
They dont have jobs in the first place, WTF do they need to drive?


How else are they supposed to get to McDonalds???

How else are they expected to go visit their baby daddies at the State Prison???


It's getting expensive to fill up that Escalade.

McDermott is scum of the earth, but people keep electing him and equally radical Marxists. I don't know how Washington State has survived thus far.

We're like California's little sister.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:00:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EternalVigilance:
wow I really hate this son of a bitch






Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Expand contraceptive services for low-income women. (May 2006)
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)




you and me both...
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 8:25:16 AM EDT
^
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 8:30:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Nimrod1193:

D-WA


'nuff said




Pretty much.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 8:31:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lospeed_hidrag2:
They dont have jobs in the first place, WTF do they need to drive?
Would YOU want to walk to the crack dealer's place with $100 in cash and then walk away with product?

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 8:33:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EternalVigilance:
wow I really hate this son of a bitch






Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Expand contraceptive services for low-income women. (May 2006)
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)



Hey, what can I say? He's an infants best friend.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 9:36:07 AM EDT
Oh fuck me are you kidding? This shit has got to stop.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 9:41:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By packingXDs:
I seem to recall some quote about the republic's fall due to people voting to line their own pockets.

We just made it one step closer.


"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage." — Sir Alex Fraser Tyler (1742-1813)

You would be correct-this is the primary reason why things are failing. People vote for the ones who offer the most free handouts. Since we have more have nots than haves, things will go fast.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 9:47:59 AM EDT
So I'll be able to trade stuff in the ghetto for gas coupons ????

Fucking retarded........Will they spend it on Permium gas?
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 9:55:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:
Rep. McDermott Introduces Gas Stamps Legislation to Assist Vulnerable Americans

July 22, 2008
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, introduced legislation today to provide financial assistance to vulnerable Americans struggling to survive under crushing gasoline prices.

The Emergency Gasoline Assistance Act (H.R. 6561) would create a program to provide $5 billion to states as a one-time grant with the money designated to provide assistance to families of modest means to purchase gasoline. This program could provide every family that is currently living below the federal poverty threshold with $500 in assistance. State governors would have the flexibility to use the money to create programs that target the specific needs of their communities.

“Today’s punishing gasoline prices are hard enough on American families with above average income, but the prices are devastating on Americans who are living at or near poverty,” Rep. McDermott said, “and I don’t intend to stand idly by and do nothing.”

If gas prices remain unchanged, the average family will spend about $1,000 more in gasoline expenses this year, compared to 2007, and this burden is disproportionately felt by low income families, which are struggling to purchase gasoline to simply travel to work. Families in rural areas face additional challenges. The Emergency Gasoline Assistance Act would provide these families vital assistance in coping with the sudden shock of spiking gasoline prices. There are currently 7.7 million American families that are living in poverty.

“The Labor Department reported last week that inflation had its biggest increase last month in 17 years and I think we have an obligation to our most vulnerable citizens to act to help them. The bad economic news says to me that Americans have to choose between food and fuel and that is not acceptable in the richest nation on earth.”

Under McDermott’s bill, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), which is an annual grant made to states to finance social programs aimed to assist vulnerable populations, like the aged, the disabled, and the impoverished, would receive a $5 billion infusion to finance the Gas Stamps program. By utilizing the SSBG, states would be able to tap into a funding stream with which they are familiar to immediate assist people with the high price of gasoline.

“I hope Congress will act quickly on this legislation. I proposed it in the spirit of something President John F. Kennedy once said: ‘If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.’”

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this is a HUGE crock of SHIT!
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 10:00:54 AM EDT
The organized state is a wonderful invention whereby everyone can live at someone else's expense

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